Discover a Surreal and Uniquely beautiful continent.
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Explore the sculpted majesty of the world's largest ice museum!
There’s a bit of a bite in the air as you skim across the chilly waters of the Weddell Sea off the coast of the Falkland Islands in a zodiac. You’ve left the comforts of your cruise ship behind for an excursion that’s only possible here. All around you are glaciers and icebergs, some towering as high as skyscrapers. On shore, an army of penguins are on maneuvers. Welcome to the continent nobody owns and doesn’t have any passport or immigration regulations.
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The chinstrap was photographed on the South Shetland Islands on our way back to South America
Other than research stations, Antarctica has no true lodgings. Accommodations are found aboard cruise ships. There is a growing number of expedition cruises and luxury cruises operating cruises in Antarctica. We’ve experienced a number of them and can make all your arrangements, including with these expedition cruise specialists:
Did you know?
The Dry Valleys in Antarctica are the driest places on earth. With the low humidity and moisture, snow and ice cannot accumulate, leaving the valleys a dusty expanse of dirt.
Antarctica contains about 90% of the planet's freshwater ice and around 70% of the total freshwater on Earth.
An unnamed canyon found during a 2010 expedition extends 62 miles, is more than 6 miles wide, and reaches nearly 1.5 times deeper than the Grand Canyon.
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Things to Do and See in Antarctica
An Antarctica vacation is all about sightseeing within the relatively safe bubble of shipboard and small craft travel. As mentioned above, the stark beauty of the frozen continent is difficult to describe, or even to convey via film. Add to the natural beauty of the landscape the unique animals that you may encounter, and Antarctica may well be the trip of a lifetime.
Wildlife that you may encounter includes several species of whales and dolphins, leopard seals, several species of penguins, and many other birds. If you’re looking for polar bears, then you’ll need to turn around and head for the North Pole. Polar bears do not live in or around Antarctica (and penguins don’t live in the Northern Hemisphere at all).
Antarctica Transportation Options
Antarctic tourism is very limited in terms of the available options for travelers. You can select a large cruise ship that carries more than two-hundred passengers and features greater comfort and amenities, and one that is more stable in the rough seas around the frozen continent, or a smaller cruise ship with fewer passengers, fewer amenities, but one that has access to more sites. Aboard small craft, you will be more at the mercy of the weather, but you will have the ultimate trip in terms of flexibility and access.
Keep in mind that many Antarctic landing sites have internationally agreed upon limits to the amount of people allowed on land (typically around one-hundred), so you may be jockeying for position in a limited amount of shore craft if you’re on one of the bigger ships. Take the time to research your trip fully to better understand the trade-offs involved with selecting one mode of transport over another. For example, many larger ships will reduce the number of guests they allow on Antarctica cruised to no more than 200 people.
Tourists working with less of a budget can schedule a fly-over of the continent. Seeing Antarctica from the air can be quite breath taking, but again, the weather may be a factor, and flights can be cancelled without much notice. For the very adventurous and those with deeper pockets, a flight that lands on the continent can also be arranged. There are new ships coming in 2018 that will have helicopters on board, permitting guests to do flights from their cruise ship (Scenic Cruises and Crystal Cruises).
Unique Adventures and Experiences in Antarctica
Much of what you will do while on your voyage to the bottom of the world will be unique and adventurous, requiring very little in the way of actual “attractions.” However, unless you have the money and adventurousness necessary to book a landing flight on the continent, or to travel by private yacht to the continent, then you will only have the option of doing what the rest of your fellow travelers do.
Hurtigruten, for one, offers a limited number of opportunities to camp overnight in tents on Antarctic soil during the cruise.
The reason for this is two-fold: Antarctica can be a very dangerous place for those untrained in cold-weather wilderness survival, and the environmental impact of human tourism on the continent is best kept confined and at a minimum.
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