Antarctica is a land detached, a land of harsh and remote beauty. Anyone who travels to the White Continent cannot help but be enthralled.
As the 2016/17 Antarctic tourist season approaches, we thought we’d share our top 3 reasons to visit Antarctica this year.
The moment Antarctica comes into view from your ship you’ll understand why Antarctica is drawing more and more tourists each year.
The landscape is best described as unearthly. There is no preparing visitors for the sheer vastness of the ice and the gigantic size of the icebergs (some of which dwarf your ships).
Blue hued icebergs sit in the water like sculptured masterpieces and the sheer walls of glaciers shoot out of the sea like skyscrapers. If you’re really brave, you can do some camping and hiking in the interior and really experience the cold, weather-beaten landscape for yourself.
Whilst the landscape is from another planet, the wildlife is the best on the planet!
The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most incredible places on earth for wildlife and tourists can expect to see seals, whales, seabirds and a variety of penguins!
There is almost nowhere on else on earth where you can feel the spray from a whale’s blow hole, stand amidst a king penguin colony or kayak next to a seal. If you’re okay with the cold, you may even consider doing some scuba diving!
The Cruise Itself
Whilst most cruises stay within calm waters and offer up pools and cinemas, Antarctica cruises are not like this. In fact, the cruise from the southern tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula crosses one of the most notoriously rough passages on earth – the Drake Passage!
The crossing is generally seen as a right-of-passage for Antarctica tourists and the experience can be one of the most unforgettable of the whole trip (or the worse depending on your capacity to deal with sea sickness!).
Once in Antarctica the waters are generally calm and you sip champagne on the deck whilst viewing towering icebergs and lounging seals. You’ll also be treated to frequent on-board lectures by Antarctic experts and enjoy a daily zodiac trips.
Antarctica trips start from around $5,000 per person for a 10 day trip.