A little bit about Antarctica
Antarctica is the last truly pristine marine ecosystem left on our planet. A magnificent natural playground not many people get to experience.
It has barely been more over 100 years since humans first set foot on the continent of Antarctica, and a mere 195 years since sailors first cast their eyes on the Antarctic Peninsula. Yet even before they witnessed it, most early explorers were convinced a large, southern continent existed. It was commonly described as ‘Terra Australis Incognita’ – the Unknown Southern Land.
Until recently, Antarctica was a destination for nobody but the hardiest of polar explorers – legends such as Scott, Amundsen, Mawson and Shackleton. It still has no permanent residents, but there is now an excellent range of options for Antarctic travel; an opportunity of a lifetime to encounter remarkable wildlife, such as penguins, seals, whales and orcas, up close and in abundance amidst pristine, awe-inspiring scenery with only a minimal footprint. You can either join an expedition cruise departing from southern Argentina or, if you are on a tight schedule, there are now flights to and from King George Island where an Antarctic cruise can be boarded without the need to sail the Drake Passage.
Discover the remote Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the spectacular landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula and cruise to the Polar Circle, the most southerly point reached by Antarctic cruises. This wild and isolated world will leave you breathless due to its astonishing vistas and extraordinary wildlife that few people experience.
A trip to Antarctica is undoubtedly a highlight in any traveller’s log book, so follow in the footsteps of the Antarctic heroes and discover a world that is beyond your wildest imagination.