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Antarctica is one of those destinations that end up on nearly everyone’s bucket list, but it can feel like an overwhelming trip to prepare for. Many eager travellers are unaware of the best ways to experience the continent and have difficulty finding tour companies that offer exactly what they’re looking for.
When it comes to booking a trip to Antarctica, it’s essential to take the time and research the essential elements of your trip — from dates to packing lists, methods of transportation and what you overall hope to get out of your experience. Taking these steps will help ensure that you’re making the most out of your expedition.
Looking to experience the best Antarctica has to offer? Here’s what you should know.
Antarctica is surrounded by the Southern Ocean, which makes boating and sailing not only the only way to experience its beauty but truly the best way. There are several unique expeditions travellers can take advantage of — from a solar eclipse Antarctica 2021 cruise to a memorable southern expedition.
Spending your days at sea, sailing the historic Beagle Channel is an unforgettable way to experience this continent. Then, perhaps you’ll head to South Georgia to experience one of the widest ranges of wildlife in the region.
Explore as Much as Possible
One of the most substantial aspects of Antarctica is the neighboring regions that offer a diverse ecosystem of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Deception Island, for example, is famous for its active volcano and holds many tales of Antarctica’s old whaling industry. For those looking for an unforgettable view, Blood Falls is one of the continent’s most significant sights — a bright-red waterfall that flows rapidly from the Taylor Glacier. Explorers can learn about its history and experience something they won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Research Your Destination
The best way to get the most out of any trip is by researching your destination and familiarizing yourself with its culture, weather conditions, and any customs you may need to be aware of. Antarctica, in particular, requires a specialized packing list to ensure you’re able to withstand the colder temperatures.
Waterproof clothing is essential, especially because you’ll be travelling by boat. Knee-high waterproof boots with insulation should provide the warmth and protection you need. Base layers will help keep you warm when needed but also allow you the freedom to take off particular layers if the temperatures rise during the day. With plenty of warm socks, thermal undergarments, and sunscreen — don’t forget your camera — you’ll have everything you need to set sail for Antarctica and your once-in-a-lifetime excursion.
Choose Your Vacation Time Wisely
To fully experience everything Antarctica has to offer, it’s important to pick travel dates that align with ideal weather conditions. Their summer months range between November to March and can be more expensive and fill up faster than their off-season. Additionally, it’s important to identify the adequate time to travel in order to ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to see as much wildlife as possible, from blue whales to penguins, orcas, and so much more.