WHY YOU SHOULD GO ON AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
The Antarctic continent is revered among travelers. The ferocious nature of the landscape and its long history of exploration has immortalised the region forever. Being devoid of humans for thousands of years gives the land an ethereal feel that is hard to define. Rock blends into ice, ice blends into sea.
Thanks to the lack of infrastructure and indigenous populations, the wildlife of Antarctica thrives. Penguins, whales, and more sea birds than you can count dot the landscape.
These facts alone mean that Antarctica is now becoming a serious player in the . Now more than ever, tourists are coming to realise what an amazing adventure the White continent offers.
To give you a taster of what you can expect on your epic trip, I’ve written my best things about going to Antarctica.
These beautiful creatures are completely curious and will come right up next to your zodiac to get a good look at you. Looking a minke whale in the eye is something I won’t forget any time soon.
If you’re very lucky, you may even spot the two largest animals on earth; the fin whale and the blue whale. These are rarely seen, but it didn’t stop me standing on deck with my binoculars looking for them every hour!
Some looked as though they had been carved for a modern exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum with towering arches and perfect swirls.
The best bit though was taking a kayak out and exploring one from all sides. Your ship rarely circles an iceberg from each side and getting up close to one was unforgettable.
Kayaking did cost extra, but I went out most days on the peninsula, which definitely made it worth the extra cash.
THE CUTE PENGUINS
If you really love your penguins then I suggest taking a Weddell Sea cruise to see emperor penguins, or visiting South Georgia Island for the large colonies of king penguins. These itineraries cost a little more, but are definitely worth it if you can afford it.
THE PRISTINE LANDSCAPE
THE POLAR PLUNGE
Sounds awful? Correct – it is awful. But it’s also incredibly memorable and a definite conversation starter around the dinner table. After all, how many people can say they’ve jumped into Antarctic waters?
I won’t lie to you – it feels like cold knives slicing into you when you hit the water. You can barely think as the guide reels you back into the boat. However, after a good coffee and a stiff drink, you suddenly feel pretty good about yourself!