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Antarctica: Holidays and Adventures

Enjoy amazing scenery on our Antarctica Holidays

Earth’s southernmost continent, Antarctica is home to the geographic South Pole and is situated almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle. At 5.4 million square miles (almost twice the size of Australia), Antarctica is the fifth largest continent and 98% of its surface is covered by ice about a mile thick. On average the coldest, driest and windiest continent, Antarctica is actually classed as a desert as it has an annual precipitation of just 8 inches. With average winter temperatures of -34° C and a recorded minimum of -89°C, it is little surprise that there are no permanent human residents here. That said, up to 5,000 people live here on a temporary basis, working at the Antarctica research stations.

Due the remote nature of its location and the amazing creatures that live here, Antarctica Holidays are growing in popularity with those looking for real exploration.

If an Antarctic adventure sounds like just your thing, but you're not sure what you'd like to experience on your journey, take a look at our Antarctica Holiday Ideas! For those of you ready to find your adventure, check out our full range of holidays in Antarctica.

Preserving the Beauty

To preserve the natural beauty of Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty came into force in 1961 and since then 50 countries have signed the document which prohibits: military activities, mineral mining, nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal in the region. This results in a pristine and unspoiled backdrop for Antarctica Holidays and helps to protect the area's priceless ecology.

Fabulous Creatures

One of the foremost reasons people take Antarctica Holidays is its vast array of wildlife. Although there are no land-based animals, the birds and sea creatures here are simply stunning. The resident seal population, for example, comprises Weddell Seals, Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals, Antarctic Fur Seals, Southern Elephant Seals and Ross Seals. The local penguin population is similarly diverse including Rockhopper, Adelie, Emporer and Chinstrap species. The ultimate wildlife sighting in Antarctica, however, has to be The Killer Whale. These fabulous creatures live amongst pack ice in the region, their ability to adapt to various temperatures making them just as much at home here as in much warmer climes.

In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers

Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers on our Antarctica Holidays

Any Antarctica Holiday must pay tribute to the great explorers and many tours therefore visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, an Anglo-Irish explorer who led three expeditions to Antarctica. Famed for an heroic escape when his ship Endurance was crushed by pack ice, this 19th century adventurer died of a heart attack in South Georgia in 1922 and, on his wife’s request, was buried in the area.

Fortunately, accessing the world’s last great wilderness for Antarctica Holidays is far easier for modern day travellers than it was for the great explorers. That said, this is still a place which is well and truly off the beaten track, a place where few will ever venture, a place of memories that will last a lifetime.

Sailing in Antarctica

Our Antarctica Holidays come courtesy of the MS Fram. This fabulous vessel was purpose built for polar sailing in 2007 and features a host of comfortable cabins and suites, restful lounges, a sauna, Jacuzzi and a fitness room. Just imagine the pure joy of sailing past towering icebergs as you lounge in the on-deck Jacuzzi.

Each cruise is filled with lectures and talks about the destinations you visit, the wildlife you experience and the history and geology of Antarctica. The resident expedition team includes ornithologists, mamologists, historians and geologists – so it’s highly unlikely that a question will ever go unanswered on one of our Antarctica Holidays.

Setting sail from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, our voyages take in the likes of Drake Passage, South Georgia, the Falklands and the South Orkneys. Your time in Antarctica will range from two to eight days, depending on the length of your chosen voyage, and each and every expedition offers a host of optional excursions which, weather permitting, will let you get up close and personal to the amazing natural wonders of the area.

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