Antarctica

Antarctica is a land of extremes; it is the coldest and the driest continent on Earth. Antarctica is simply stunning and surely the last frontier of travel. The enormity of its ice shelves and mountain ranges invariably heightens feelings of humanity’s insignificance and nature’s grandeur. Antarctica’s peculiar beauty will be remembered for the rest of your days. Even the trip over, crossing the Southern Ocean is an experience. With no landmass, low-pressure systems circle clockwise unimpeded, eventually reaching incredible speeds.

When to Visit

The Antarctic season lasts approximately five months with each offering its own highlights. Early summer sees birds and penguins courting and mating, while December and January bring warmer temperatures and up to 20 hours of sunlight each day. Late summer is best for whale watching, while penguin chicks are beginning to fledge.

Highlights

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS The South Shetland Islands are a long chain of islands that are primarily mountainous and more than 80% glaciated. The islands are home to marine mammals including species of crabeater seal, leopard seal, humpback whale, and the southern right whale, as the Southern Ocean contains the greatest quantity of animal protein on earth.

SOUTH GEORGIA South Georgia is breathtakingly beautiful and not easily forgotten. Huge glaciers, ice caps and snow fields cover around 75% of the island in its summer, while in winter the snow blanket stretches down to the coast. South Georgia is surrounded by many offshore rocks and small islands that provide homes for breeding birds and mammals.

DECEPTION ISLAND Deception Island is an active volcano in the South Shetland Islands, off the Antarctica Peninsula. Its unique landscape comprises barren volcanic slopes, steaming beaches and ash-layered glaciers. Deception Island was an old whaler’s station and giant rusting barrels used to boil whale fat and decaying whale bones is all that is left today.

LEMAIRE CHANNEL Lemaire Channel is one of Antarctica’s most popular destinations, found between rocky Booth Island and the mountainous western coast of the Antarctica Peninsula. The Lemaire Channel is a spectacular sight with enormous sheer cliffs falling straight into the sea. Orcas and humpback whales often accompany ships as they make their way through some of the most spectacular scenery on earth.

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