Have questions? We're here.
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your trip. 1.800.344.6118
Help Me Plan My Trip
Ask a Question

The Many Names of the Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula was discovered and frequented by sealers and whalers long before any officially documented discovery. It was thought to be part of the continent of Antarctica, and then to be a grouping of islands. The northwest corner of the region was mapped in 1820 by the British navigator James Bransfield, and John Rymill's expedition from 1934-37 proved its status as a peninsula. It was fist named the Palmer Peninsula for U.S. captain Nathaniel Palmer who also explored the region in 1820.

Britain claimed the peninsula in 1840 and dubbed it Graham Land and Trinity Peninsula. In 1940, Argentina claimed it for its own and called it San Martin Land. Barely two years later, Chile threw in its claim and named it O'Higgins Land.

Finally, in 1964, an international agreement renamed the region the Antarctic Peninsula. However, each country with a previous claim still uses its own name locally. It is now the site of several research stations run by different countries.

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons
Us with our Maasai guide Dennis
Tailored to You
Tell us your travel interests, dreams and desires, then let our experts tailor the perfect trip for you!
Monks conversing in a Buddist temple
Peace of Mind
You can have confidence in our experts' dedication to traveler safety, comfort, & providing a seamless trip.
A pair of friendly sea lions
Responsible Travel
We are fully committed to low impact travel that not only preserves but gives back to the amazing places we visit.
A man photographs a King Penguin at only a few feet away.
Insider Access
Our personal expertise & experience, local partners in our destinations, & access to over 150 small ships are all invaluable to designing your unique journey.

Awards and Accolades

All News