A Short Travel Guide: Antarctica
August 11, 2016
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antarctica

This must visit destination has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty and it is without any question my favourite place in the world. For the lucky few that do get to visit Antarctica here is my short guide to visiting the most inaccessible but accessible continent in the world.

penguin cruise

Cruises

Taking an Antarctic cruise from Ushuaia is the most common way of reaching Antarctica. Of course there are some other alternatives, such as private yachts, but this is extremely expensive and much more dangerous. Cruise ships are in my opinion the best way to travel whilst still

penguin camera

What to pack

Having a good packing list for Antarctica is absolutely crucial, because you cannot simply find a store and buy something that you don’t have. Usually tour operators will provide a list of things that you should take with you. It is also important to see what sort of things your tour will provide, for example rain jackets or rubber boots. If they don’t provide them you will naturally have to bring your own. Here are a few good things to bring along with you:

  • Camera – You are going to see the best things you have ever seen in your life, therefore a good camera is a must. Don’t forget to also bring spare batteries and spare memory cards, because I guarantee that you will be using it a lot!
  • Binoculars – For all the things that aren’t close, binoculars are absolutely perfect.
  • Medication – if you take medication it is ideal to stock up before you go. It is also a good idea to invest in some medication for seasickness, as the Drake Passage can be quite a rough journey
  • A waterproof backpack – This is a great idea for protecting your camera, binoculars and spare clothing.

How long to go for

This will of course vary from tour operator to tour operator, but the reality is that Antarctica is more than likely going to be something that you only do once in your life. Therefore it is best to take the longest trip that is possible for you, most longer trips last for about 3 weeks or so.

When to go

The tourist season in Antarctica is very static, it is only possible to go between November and March. Outside of these times it is too cold, dark and the ice too thick to navigate. Later in the season the wildlife will begin to migrate or head back to sea, so this is important to remember too. The best time to see the penguins is after the mating season, which is in November, so it will be best to go between January and February to see the most penguins possible.