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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.

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When is the best season for travel to Antarctica?

The Antarctic cruising season starts in late October and runs until March. These are the only months of the year when temperatures are known to reach above 0 degrees Celsius during the day on the Antarctic Peninsula, and though the east tends to be colder, it is still more tolerable at this time of the year. 

What should I pack for an Antarctica Tour?

Weather in Antarctica is unpredictable, in addition to the cold temperatures, it is often windy as well.

  • Knee high waterproof boots
  • Waterproof pants
  • Base layers
  • Warm socks
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Suncreen
  • Everyday clothes to wear on board

Other gear ;

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Backpack
  • Waterproof camera
  • Waterproof camera bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Seasickness medication
  • Something to read 

 

Will I need vaccinations to travel to Antarctica?

No, special immunisations are not required for a travel to Antarctica. However, you can consult your doctor about taking a drug to combat sea-sickness, the sea can be quite rough between Ushuaia and Antarctica.

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Some of the main Attractions

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Antarctic Peninsula

Visiting the Antarctic Peninsula is the most convenient way to get a glimpse of Antarctica, since it is the shortest distance from South America. irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures, incredible glaciers and millions of penguins.

The Weddell Sea

Be amazed by dramatic landscapes of rugged snow-capped mountains and mesmerising glaciers. It is the best region for spotting immense icebergs, including, if you are lucky, the illusive Emperor penguin.

East Antarctica

Cruises to East Antarctica will generally depart from New Zealand or Australia and are bound for historic Commonwealth Bay. On the way you can also visit Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, the Auckland Islands and the rugged East Antarctic coast.

The Polar Circle

The Polar Circle is located at a latitude of 66° 33’ south and is the most southerly point reached by Antarctic cruises. You can witness amazing ice formations and spot fascinating wildlife including whales, leopard seals and penguins.

The Falkland Islands

The wildlife-rich Falkland Islands are home the majestic King Penguins, royal albatross and much more. Be amazed by the fascinating human history, from the war stories to the current local cultures and traditions in this wild a remote archipelago.

South Georgia

South Georgia is teeming with wildlife. Breath-taking scenery and soaring cliffs greet you with hundreds of Antarctic fur seals and king penguins on hand. Here you will find the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, an inspirational leader of the 20th century.

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