Antarctica: Top Snowy Destinations
Updated: Apr 30, 2020
When and how to get to Antarctica?
The Antarctic season stretches from November to February, outside of which you will find it very difficult to visit on an expedition ship.
At the beginning of the season, the conditions are likely to be colder and ice is still breaking up adding to the adventure. At this time the landing grounds are the most untouched and the icescapes at their most pristine. The wildlife may be less plentiful but this is the time to see penguins mating and building nests for their young.
Most expedition ships depart Ushuaia – the southernmost tip of Argentina. Getting to Ushuaia is easiest when connecting in Buenos Aires which has hundreds of international flights a day.
How much do trips cost?
Expedition trips start at a very minimum of £3000 per person (not including flights to/from Ushuaia of course) but you can expect to pay more if you opt for twin share cabins, or choose the most popular dates and the longer trips. Although Antarctic cruises do not come cheap, we’re yet to hear someone say it wasn’t worth every penny!
What level of accommodation can I expect from my expedition ship?
Small ship expedition cruising is what Antarctica trips are all about. There are choices to be made about levels of comfort, the ships’ ice-breaking capabilities (how far south it can take you), the viewing possibilities and extra activities offered to enhance your journey.
Not all of the expedition ships were built for comfort, and many weren’t actually built for tourists at all, being former research vessels. Each ship will have been converted to a comfortable level, usually with en-suite facilities to each cabin. You will be very well looked after on-board, and the meals will be wonderful and plentiful!
What will I see in Antarctica?
Antarctic cruises offer an inspiring insight into the most pristine wilderness on Earth. Towering icebergs, glaciers and huge fields of ice set the backdrop for a host of outstanding wildlife.
Antarctica is the land of the penguin and on its shores, you will find all shapes, sizes and colours of Penguin, from the magnificent King Penguins to the pebble-collecting Adelies Penguins.
Within Antarctica’s waters you will also encounter whales including great humpbacks, Southern Right and Orca whales, to name but a few.
The longer trips taking in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands open up the World of the King penguin, the crazy Rockhoppers and the nesting grounds of the Black-Browed Albatross. South Georgia’s magical beaches of Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour are so remote that they have evolved into astonishing wildlife havens boasting several thousands of King Penguins and their chicks together with huge populations of Elephant and Fur seals.
What do I need to take?
There are a few items you need to remember to pack – so make sure you don't forget:
Camera & spare memory cards/ batteries
Wellies (though often supplied on board)
Sunglasses (essential as it is very white out there)
Gloves – a thick and thin pair
A sense of adventure!
Why not take a trip to the most southerly part of the world possible!? It's on our list.
TRAVELBUG Tours plan to bring some Antarctica trips to you soon. Watch this space!