Overview Antarctica

Visiting Antarctica

Adventure travel doesn’t get better than a trip to the end of the earth. Volatile, inhospitable, fragile? Maybe. Life-changing, soul-stirring, singular? Most definitely. Harsh yet teeming with animals, Antarctica offers wildlife enthusiasts (and the odd cold enthusiast) the trip of a lifetime. The stormy southernmost continent may welcome visitors on its own terms, but play along and you won’t be disappointed at all.... Read More Adventure travel doesn’t get better than a trip to the end of the earth. Volatile, inhospitable, fragile? Maybe. Life-changing, soul-stirring, singular? Most definitely. Harsh yet teeming with animals, Antarctica offers wildlife enthusiasts (and the odd cold enthusiast) the trip of a lifetime. The stormy southernmost continent may welcome visitors on its own terms, but play along and you won’t be disappointed at all.    Close

Stories and Tips Antarctica

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Brown Bluff

Written by kwasiak on 12 Jan, 2005

This was my first landing on the Antarctic continent, and what an amazing landing it was. The Zodiac glided onto the rocky shore, and after taking one step in the water (I was glad I was wearing waterproof boots and pants), I was onshore…Read More


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Beagle Channel

Written by kwasiak on 11 Jan, 2005

The Beagle Channel is where the journey begins and ends. On one side you can see the mountains of Chile, and on the other are the mountains of Argentina. In total, I spent less than a day on the channel, but it was…Read More


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The Unpredictable Drake Passage

Written by kwasiak on 11 Jan, 2005

The Drake Passage is named after Sir Frances Drake, the English explorer who first sailed on it. It is the roughest sea on earth, due to the large amount of water that is squeezed through in a short amount of time. The area…Read More


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Steamed Ice and Frosted Lava

Written by rodeime on 02 Aug, 2003

By its very name, Deception Island conjures up vivid images of bleak and foreboding shores swathed in slowly swirling mist and gloomy grey cliffs. Pretty close actually. The approach to Deception Island is almost certainly the key to its name. As we neared its insanely steep…Read More


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Not a lot happens on South Georgia these days... thank goodness!

Written by rodeime on 01 Aug, 2003

Travel about 2000 kilometres east from Tierra del Fuego, at the very tip of South America, and you might stumble on its precipitous and windswept shores. At 54 degrees S and 37 degrees W, South Georgia is about as remote as any place on earth…Read More


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The Expedition Cruise Experience

Written by Ben the Grate on 13 Jul, 2005

Ninety-nine percent of tourists to Antarctica arrive on an expedition ship from South America. The expedition ship experience is vastly different from a traditional cruise. The ships are smaller, and their hulls are ice-strengthened. They carry fewer passengers. The largest expedition…Read More


How to save hundreds of dollars on your Cruise to Antarctica

Written by DeAnn on 29 Apr, 2001

I have always wanted to go to Antarctica but it is so expensive! I recently spent about 5 months traveling in South America. While in Peru I met someone who had just been to Antarctica. He told me about how he got this…Read More


Solitude

Written by PennyLisa on 08 Jan, 2001

Before you decide to visit Antarctica, you must consider that there isn't anything to do but look at it. We had scientists on the ship to give lectures, there were movies, and great food. But there was no shopping, but also, there are…Read More


Packing for the trip

Written by PennyLisa on 09 Jan, 2001

On this trip, the ship we were on did provide parkas and rubber boots. We did have to take waterproof pants and wear them over our boots because each day when we got out of the Zodiacs, we had to do it in the…Read More


Zodiac Days

Written by PennyLisa on 09 Jan, 2001

Each morning, we would go to the locker room and suit up for our day of Zodiac excursions. These rubber boats hold eight people plus a driver who is an employee of the boat. We got lucky, and our assigned driver was the…Read More


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