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“The only existing Bar in Antartica!”

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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Wonderful place inside an ucrainian research station called "Vernadsky". Formerly was a british property, sold to Ucraina for a single pound! Inside the station there is the only Bar of Antartica! They only sell beer and vodka and everything cost 1 dollar. This Bar has been constructed by an english carpenter who was supposed to build a ship with those logs! He instead build a Bar to make people happy even in Antartica and has therefore been fired! If you are a woman, you can leave your bra and get a free drink to really support those brave scientist who will winter over in the coldest place on earth!

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Reviewed 3 March 2016

Our tourist vessel pulled into the ex British "Argentine Islands" base in March 2015. It is now well maintained, expanded & renamed by the Ukraine who bought it from the British Antarctic Survey for £1 when BAS decided to concentrate its resources at just 4 bases.
It boasts the longest bar in the Antarctic and you can buy vodka and sip it under palm trees (inflatable). For lady drinkers they accept payment in US $ or you can leave your bra hanging at the bar, along with the already impressive collection. The base sells souvenirs and the members are very hospitable, giving tours and allowing guests to visit the British GrahamLand Expedition "Wordie House" hut (build in the 1930's) on a nearby island if they have time

Thank John E
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

Background: As part of an 11-day Antarctic cruise, our ship MS Expedition crossed the Antarctic Circle to anchor just off of Galindez Island, while we made a shore landing via small Zodiac boats to visit the Vernadsky Station.

Officially, the Vernadsky Research Base, named after Soviet mineralogist Vladimir Vernadsky, is a Ukrainian Antarctic Station at Marina Point on the northern tip of Galindez Island in the Argentine Islands, Antarctica. It was formerly a British station (Base F) established on adjacent Winter Island in 1947, the main hut being named "Wordie House". The base moved to its present location in 1954 and was renamed Faraday Station in 1977. It holds the distinction of discovering the "Ozone Hole" in the Antarctic atmosphere. When the base closed in 1996, the cost of disassembling the huts was deemed too costly. And so, it was sold to and taken over by Ukraine for the token sum of £1 (one British pound). As one of the longest operating bases in Antarctica, Vernadsky Station has been the subject of scientific research studies on long-term temperature trends that indicate global warming.

The station consists of 9 buildings standing on rock foundations. Near the boat ramp, there's a rookery of Gentoo penguins. A two-storey extension provides sleeping quarters, clothing store and boiler room on the ground floor. After removing our boots in the change room, we were escorted around the main building. Upstairs are a lounge, library, dining room, gift store and kitchen. At the entrance to the gift store is a sign proudly proclaiming it as the "Southernmost Souvenir Gift shop in the World".

Likewise, the lounge is considered the southernmost public bar in the world, modeled after a British pub. The £1 coin that was used to purchase the base is displayed at the bar. Now, there's an interesting story behind the row of brassiers hanging behind the pub counter (see photo below). Here, visitors can purchase home-made, bathtub-distilled vodka for $3 a shot. If you don't have the cash, you can trade in your lacy lingeries. It's true!

Also in the lounge, our hosts set up a makeshift post office where you can purchase $2 postcards, $5 stamps, $8 decals and $10 badges. Aside from Port Lockroy, this is one of only a few post offices where you can send mail from Antarctica. But it will take months before it reaches its destination. (As of this writing, I'm still waiting.)

If you've gone this far in your trip, visit this place. All in all, everyone had a great time. Me? Well, I didn't get to drink vodka because I didn't have a bra to trade. Lesson learned: Bring a spare. ;) Grade A-minus.


Thank Eternal_Nomad_12
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Reviewed 23 September 2015

This is a working research station and the guys here do an excellent job of showing you around and explaining what they do. This is where the hole in the ozone layer was first discovered. They have a gift shop where you can buy little Christmas decorations made by the men who live here during the dark winter days. And being a former British station, there is a proper bar too. Don't bank on getting here though, many ships don't make it through the ice!

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Reviewed 15 September 2015

The men who live there were so friendly. They enjoyed showing you around and telling of what they did. They even have a small gift shop with tee shirts and patches and gifts. They offered homemade vodka for $2 a shot. Just a real nice historic place to visit. Don't miss it!

2  Thank Steve J
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