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The last frontier… the great white continent, Antarctica! For those who have a yearning to tick this incredible destination off their bucket list, World Journeys offers the best of exploration in style options. Quite simply, there is no other place on earth that you can interact with this extraordinary wildlife and boundless scenery.

Itineraries start from Ushuaia crossing the infamous Drake Passage, alternatively a fly cruise option from Punta Arenas is ideal for those wishing to maximize their time in Antarctica.

Whalers Bay (Deception Island)
Located in the South Shetland islands, once a bustling seal and whaling station, Deception Island is one of the safest harbours in Antarctica, it’s been a place of science and military interests from Britain, Chile, and Argentina, but was deserted when volcanic activity destroyed British Base B in 1969.  Now a popular Antarctic tourism destination and a scientific outpost for summer research teams from Spain and Argentina.

Port Lockroy
Previously a military base for the British during World War II, cruises now travel to Port Lockroy to give travellers the opportunity to see and explore remote islands and harbors in the frozen continent.

Lemaire Channel
This is the gateway to the far south Antarctic Peninsula spanning between Booth Island and the Peninsula itself. The channel is 11 kilometers long  and 150 meters deep and 700 meters wide at the narrowest. One of the many highlights and an incredible sight!

Paradise Bay
One of the most spectacular sights in Antarctica with incredible glaciers, giant icebergs – perfect if you love frozen landscapes! A fantastic place to explore on a zodiac not to mention the abundance of wildlife!

Petermann Island
The only place you will see Adelie penguins, the island is also home to to Gentoo penguins, blue eyed shags, leopard seals and humpback whales.

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
A sub-Antarctic archipelago perhaps more well known for its war back in 1982 are a popular stopover for travellers on their way to Antarctica. Along with a dramatic history the scenery here is incredible, not to mention the penguin and bird species.

South Georgia
Known for its diverse wildlife including fur and elephant seals, there is also a huge king penguin colony. The island an ideal stop for those interested in polar history as this is where Sir Ernest Shackleton first crossed the island in search of aid for his Antarctic expedition.

The season for Antarctic voyages is short – from November through early March. Visitors are limited to those travelling mainly by ship and therefore it is important to book as early as possible to ensure a booking on your chosen voyage.

October – December (early season)
This is early in the season and there will be ice…lots of ice and the ice-bergs will be huge! The temperatures will be cool however the landscapes pristine, snowy and beautiful. During this time you will see penguins laying their eggs and elephant seals breeding.

December – February (mid season)
Warmer weather and longer days makes this the most popular time to visit Antarctica. You will see cute and fluffy penguin chicks hatching, and it is also a good time to start spotting whales and seals.

Mid February – March (late season)
As the polar ice has melted this is an ideal time for further exploration and also a great time to see plenty of whales as they return to the region to feed.

My journey to Antarctica was everything you could expect from a once-in-a-lifetime trip. No wonder its at the top of so many bucket lists, no matter how well-travelled you are, it remains the ultimate destination, the Last Frontier! I set off for the Antarctic in February, for an expedition-style cruise out of Ushuaia with about 100 fellow passengers from all corners of the world. The dreaded Drake Passage lived up to its reputation on the way over, the only welcome distraction being the ability to listen to the onboard lectures from the comfort of my cabin. I lost myself in the stories of the early explorers, whose trials and tribulations far outweighed the mild seasickness I was experiencing. No body part of mine dropped off due to freezing!

Once at the Antarctic Peninsula all was calm, and remained so for the remainder of the journey. We enjoyed twice daily land excursions by Zodiac boats, some wet (into shallow water) and some dry (onto jetties or straight onto the beach).Surprisingly it was not anywhere near as cold as I had anticipated, being a dry cold. Layers of merino thermals, and keeping the wind out were key.

The wildlife we encountered were completely unphased by our presence, you could get up close for photos, but of course are not allowed to touch them (a little difficult when the really curious penguins decide to clamber all over you!). The vast colonies Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins were impressive, and the chicks particularly cute in their moulting phase, all ruffled and fluffy. Highly territorial Elephant Seals and Leopard Seals the size of our Zodiac were equally impressive but a little less approachable…

The absolute highlight for me was cruising through the Lemaire Channel, aptly nicknamed iceberg alley. It was totally surreal, slowly gliding through a sea of icebergs, some towering above you, in a myriad of stunning aquamarine blues. I also loved the history aspect of the region, the explorers, the whaling stations, and the poignant remains of the whalers huts.

On our return journey we renamed Drake Passage Lake Passage, unbelievably calm! When thinking about visiting the Antarctic, I cannot stress enough how important it is to book early. The cruise season is a short window between November and early March when the temperatures are most favourable, so there are limited sailings, and it is a long wait until the next season! Go for its remoteness, its other worldliness, its wildlife and sheer natural beauty. Even if feel like you have been everywhere, believe me, Antarctica tops the lot!
Kirstine

Currency At souvenir shops,  US dollars are preferred.  The Antarctican dollar does exist, but it is a collector’s item issued by the Antarctic Overseas Exchange Office and not legal tender.

Language With no permanent residents, Antarctica does not have a native language of its own. Instead, English is the usual common form of communication between the various nationalities that work here, with staff at each research base communicating in their native tongue, be it Russia, Norwegian or English.

Why we love it This is the ‘great white’ continent and one that most seasoned travellers would dearly like to tick off the bucket list! A land so immense that as tourists we can only touch the surface, but in return we see wildlife and marine life totally wild and untouched for millenium. It is not uncommon to walk onto the ice and be surrounded by a huge rookery of Chinstrap penguins who don’t fancy or care what you are doing there! See sheets of ice calving off giant ice walls in front of your eyes and the myriad colours of blue of the sky, ice and water will keep your camera clicking for hours just for that perfect shot. During the summer months the light is amazing and is in daylight almost 24 hours.

When to go The season for Antarctic voyages is short – from November through early March. Visitors are limited to those travelling mainly by ship and therefore it is important to book as early as possible to ensure a booking on your chosen voyage.

Weather The weather in Antarctica is extreme, and therefore is only suitable for cruising during the summer months, November to February. 98% of Antarctica is covered in ice. Temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula rate from a maximum of 10 degrees celcius and a minimum of -5. Conditions are unpredictable, and windchill factors can mean it feels a lot colder than this. Proper wet weather gear and boots are essential for any visit to the continent.

Health* The only health recommendation for a visit to Antarctica is that you are fit and able-bodied if you wish to get into and out of the Zodiac boats. There are some wet landings where you must wade in ankle deep water to get onto land. Hence the requirement for special boots!

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Totality in Antarctica: Solar Eclipse with South Georgia

Antarctica, Argentina 17 Days / 18 Nights 26 November 2021
Quark Expeditions Cruise

Total Solar Eclipses are rare in Antarctica, and in 2003 a group of Quark Expeditions passengers became the first humans ever to witness a...

Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia

Antarctica, Argentina 20 Days 22 December 2021
Cruise with Quark Expeditions

Two-for-one deal on 22 Dec 2021 sailing!

This brand new itinerary celebrates the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose passing in South Georgia on January 5, 1922, marked the end of...

Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle
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Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Patagonia 11 Days / 10 Nights Roundtrip Punta Arenas 21 February 2022
Cruise/Fly with Quark Expeditions

A short, comfortable flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island in Antarctica has you with boots on the ground, overtaken by the...

Antarctic Explorer Cruise:  Discovering the 7th Continent

Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Patagonia 11 Days
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Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular...

Antarctic Fly Cruise
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Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Patagonia 8 Days / 7 Nights Roundtrip Punta Arenas
with Quark Expeditions

The fastest way to get to Antarctica is by air, affording some spectacular views during the flight and avoiding the two-day crossing in each...

Crossing the Circle Southern Expedition
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Antarctica, Argentina, Chile 14 Days / 13 Nights Roundtrip Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
Cruise with Quark Expeditions

Commence this epic journey to 66 degrees south by crossing the Drake Passage, an adventure in itself, and an opportunity to engage with expert...

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers & Kings

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with Quark Expeditions

On this quintessential 20-day experience for polar travelers, follow in the footsteps of famed historical explorers as you journey through the Falkland Islands (Islas...

Solar Eclipse Voyage: Antarctic Peninsula

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In December 2021, a full solar eclipse will occur in the Weddell Sea region, offering people the rare and historic opportunity to witness this...

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari
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Antarctica, Argentina, Patagonia 16 Days / 15 Nights Roundtrip Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
Cruise with Quark Expeditions

Two-for-one deal on 12 Nov 2021 sailing!

This Penguin Safari itinerary is the best way to get to lesser visited South Georgia as well as setting foot on the 7th continent.

Spirit of Antarctica
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Antarctica 12 Days / 11 Nights
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Embrace the spirit of polar exploration on this classic expedition to the coveted white continent. Sail across the famed Drake Passage, admiring spectacular seabirds...