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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.

 

 

  • Air, Land & Sea to Antarctica

    Added on to a South America vacation or taken on its own, an Antarctica cruise is an unforgettable adventure. This unique itinerary flies to the ice continent from Punta Arenas, so you can make the most of your time exploring this incredible continent.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 11,929
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Depart Buenos Aires

    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.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 11,445
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctica Express Cruise: 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:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 17,495
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising Antarctica Crossing the Circle Sea Adventurer: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and Scott by venturing to the world’s southernmost continent. Sail from Argentina across the Drake Passage, cruise south of the Antarctic Circle and set foot on Antarctica, spotting penguins and seals while braving the world’s most imposing climate.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 11,495
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Fly to Antarctica

    Added on to a South America vacation or taken on its own, a visit to Antarctica is an unforgettable adventure. Few Antarctic trips however let you stay on land, making this short excursion a truly unique experience.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,646
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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