Antarctica Vacation! Why Visit?

Updated: Jul 21, 2019

Today we cool off with a trip to the 7th continent! I know you can envision it, right? Cool fresh air and breathtaking scenery that not even the most spectacular picture can truly capture. Thrilling encounters with cute waddling penguins, icebergs, photography lectures, delicious dinners and a glass of wine in the company of a breaching whale! Antarctica doesn’t require a treacherous expedition like it used to. Enjoy a trip to the white continent in comfort on vessels built specifically for your safety, enjoyment and the polar region in mind.

Antarctica penguins and a small cruise ship

Why visit Antarctica? Well, why not? 

For the adventure! No, you won’t be laying out relaxing on a beach, though you can definitely enjoy the spa after a day of hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing across the frozen sea ice or taking part in the polar plunge if you dare. If you are curious and love to learn, this trip is for you!

To experience a place “out of this world”. There is nothing ordinary about a trip to the 7th continent. The adventure of getting there, the breathtaking scenery, icebergs of all shapes and sizes, wildlife, amazing stargazing opportunities and the peacefulness -  there is nothing that compares.

Spectacular wildlife viewing. You will find various species of penguins throughout the continent and don't be surprised if the curious penguins walk right up to you. They are just as curious about you as you are of them. Enjoy sightings of various whales and dolphins from the ship, kayak or zodiac. Keep an eye for elephant seals and a variety of birds including the most popular one - the penguins. 

Amazing stargazing. Without any light pollution and clear air, Antarctica offers spectacular stargazing opportunities. 

Photography. Whether you are a professional or a novice, perfect your skills in this breathtaking place with stunning landscapes and wildlife as a backdrop. Take advantage of onboard lectures and excursions alongside professional photographers. You are bound to have many wonderful photos to frame and share with your family and friends. 

Bird Watching.There are 46 bird species in Antarctica. Search for the albatross, south polar skuas that like to next nest near penguin colonies and of course, the best known bird of Antarctica - the penguin!

6 Tips for traveling to Antarctica

Observing Antarctica's stunning landscape
  1. Extend your trip. A few options include exploring Buenos Aires, Argentina before heading to your port to board your ship, visiting Easter Island, Iguazú Falls or exploring Santiago’s culture and wine country. 

  2. Bring your camera and take advantage of clinics and excursions offered by professional photographers. 

  3. Pack and wear layers so that you can be comfortable as you warm up during hikes and other activities.

  4. If you have time, choose a longer cruise that explores the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. South Georgia is also known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean and a wildlife photographers dream 

  5. While in Ushuaia, consider an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarking. 

  6. Buy travel insurance!

If you are thinking "yes, that sounds so wonderful" then do it! Don’t make it your someday destination! 

And if you are ready to book (as I know you are), now is a perfect time to do so! Let’s plan your perfect Antarctica trip.

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