Travel to the frozen lands of Antarctica- Antarctica is the most southerly continent and surrounds the south pole. It compares to no other place on earth, a great white wilderness with no permanent human population.
Getting there is not easy but it is becoming more and more accessable. The best way is through an organised group expedition led by experienced guides.
The main way of getting to the Antarctic is by boat, there are places to fly to to shorten your journey such as the South Shetland Islands, but the last part to the mainland will be by sea. Sailing past huge icebergs is an unforgettable and awe-inspiring experience.
Travel to Antarctica is usually between November and March, the summer months, when the temperature is higher and daylight hours are longer.
More to see and do-
Highlight: Lemaire Channel & The Antarctic Peninsula-The Antarctic Peninsula is the most northerly point of the Antarctic mainland. It is the most visited place in the region as many animal and bird species call this area home and flock here during the summer months. The Lemaire Channel is a scenic strait of water in the Antarctic Peninsula, it is flanked by steep cliffs and icebergs. This seven mile channel has been nicknamed the 'Kodak Gap' for its breath taking location and scenery.
Hightlight: Dry Valleys- McMurdo Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, as this row of valleys are almost completely ice and snow free.
Highlight: South Shetland Islands- The South Shetland Islands are an archipelago of Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean, they include King George Island, Livingstone Island, Deception Island, and many more. There are no permanent inhabitants of these islands just people manning the 16 research stations. King George Island is the largest of the islands and is the only one with an airstrip. Livingstone Island is the second largest island, the terrain here is mainly made up of glaciers, rocks and snow which is typical of most of the islands here. Deception island is the exception. This island is actually a large volcano, its caldera open to the sea after part of the crater collapsed, creating a natural safe harbour. Deception island is a popular destination with Antarctic travellers as you can swim in the sea there, as the water in Pendulum Cove is heated by an active volcano.
Highlight: South Georgia- The Sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia is one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. Spectacular scenery and home to breeding birds, large king penguin colonies, seals and whales in the surrounding waters.