Arctic & Antarctica

Antarctica


You do not have to be a Scott, Shackleton or Amundsen to visit Antarctica but then it is extremely unlikely that you would be travelling as far as the actual South Pole. However, the Antarctic is accessible by taking a cruise or flying into one of the research centres on the perimeter of the land mass. The experience will much more comfortable than it was for the explorers and it will be special. It is said that the Antarctic has a haunting beauty and will almost always exceed expectations.

Just to put the Antarctic into perspective, it is the southernmost continent and the mainland is twice the size of Australia and almost 1.5 times larger than the United States. 98% of it is covered in ice and it contains (believe it or not) 70% of the World’s fresh water. No one country actually owns Antarctica although a few lay claim to owning territories on which they have scientific research centres.

What is Antarctica really? It is a mixture of ice shelves and mountain ranges or, put another way, snow, ice, water and rock. The highest point is at 16,000 feet/4900 metres. It has several volcanic mountains of which Mount Erebus is probably the best known. It can only really be visited between November and March when the weather allows access. At this time of the year, it has 24 hours of daylight.

The only permanent inhabitants are animals which include penguins, fur seals, blue whales and orcas.

Most of the Antarctic cruise ships depart from Ushuaia in the very south of Argentina. Smaller vessels can get closer to the land but all ships provide phenomenal views.

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  • Antarctica - Crossing the Circle

    Few people ever make it to Antarctica, and fewer still journey south of the Antarctic Circle. Visit less frequented landing sites and embark on an in-depth tour of the Antarctic Peninsula.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 12,995
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Argentina See Trip Details
  • Antarctica Express (Departs from Punta Arenas)

    Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the sheer beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,800
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Independent Travel Modules
    Antarctica See Trip Details
  • Antarctica Express (Departs from Ushuaia)

    Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the sheer beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,165
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Independent Travel Modules
    Antarctica See Trip Details
  • Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

    Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Antarctica See Trip Details
  • Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer - 22 Days

    This voyage features the clean unspoiled scenery, wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
    Prices From:
    US$ 15,595
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Antarctica See Trip Details
  • Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Cruise via Buenos Aires

    A comprehensive expedition of extremes, you can’t find a more complete Antarctic experience than this! Begin in Buenos Aires and then venture to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and the always impressive Antarctic Peninsula.
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Antarctica See Trip Details

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