Ukrainian Antarctic journal

No 6-7 (2008): Ukrainian Antarctic Journal

Dynamic of Antarctic tourism at Faraday/Vernadsky station (1968-2008)

A. P. Fedchuk
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, National Antarctic Scientific Center, Kyiv
Published December 31, 2008
  • Seaborne Tourism Activities,
  • Visitor Patterns and Trends,
  • Management Policy,
  • Antarctic Peninsula,
  • Faraday/Vernadsky Station


Few previous site-specific studies have given attention to the development and management issues of Antarctic tourism at operating scientific stations that support non-governmental activities to some degree. This article presents findings from a study that examined the change in visitor patterns at Ukrainian Vernadsky Station (formerly British Faraday Station), one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Antarctic Peninsula area. Data detailing the trends of tourist activities at Faraday/Vernadsky Station have been collected and processed from 1968 to 2008. Since 1996 there have been significant changes in governance and policy resulting in the increasing tourist numbers. This study uses a comparative approach to examine regulation patterns at different scientific stations in Antarctica and indicates policies for better visitor management at Vernadsky Station.