There are two main ways to visit this incredible continent.
Firstly, and more commonly, leaving from Ushuaia in Argentina, South America and heading South across the Drake passage to the Antarctic Peninsular.
If going direct, this involves a 2 day crossing of the famous Drake Passage, and then you will have various stops at points around the peninsular – all landings are subject to weather and pack -ice permitting. Some trips also include stops at the sub Antarctic Islands of The Falklands and South Georgia, which are home to amazing penguin breeding colonies. This of course takes several days longer.
The most remote trip is from Australia and or New Zealand, and goes all the way to the Ross Sea – the furthest point that you can go on earth by sea – and that is a 20 day return trip. I have just returned from that journey and it was the most spiritual and stimulating trip I have ever done! In addition to the amazing wildlife, one is surrounded by the history of those brave explorers of 100 years ago. Depending again on the ice conditions, you can visit the original huts of Shackleton and Scott, which have survived the elements and are left exactly as they were when they walked out of the door to trek to the South Pole.
The Season is short – generally from late November to early February – which of course is their summer.
There are other options, also depending on the weather, such as flights for an overnight of camping near the South Pole, and daytrips also … but in my opinion this trip of a lifetime should really be done by boat – which these days vary from 5 star luxury to fairly basic converted Russian Ice-breakers.
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