Antarctica is full of things to do and the journey from Ushuaia to Antartica across the Drake Passage is just the beginning of what will be an unforgettable experience. Here are a few things that you can do in Antartica on what will certainly be the journey of a lifetime.
Admire the wildlife
Antarctica is very blessed to have some of the most unique wildlife in the world and it’s truly a place where you can see the wildlife in their untouched habitat. One of the most unique things that I find about the wildlife here is the ability of the animals to survive in perhaps the harshest conditions on earth. Some highlights of the wildlife in Antarctica is of course the various types of penguins and whales.
This hill is located near McMurdo and is the perfect way to get stunning views of the Ross Ice Shelf and Mount Erebus. Definitely bring a camera and binoculars here to document your ascent and the stunning views at the top. At the top you will also see a memorial cross that has been erected as a tribute to Robert Scott and his part of explorers.
Follow in the footsteps of Antarctic explorers
There is no better way to brush up on your Antarctic history than by seeing exactly where explorers like Scott or Shackleton overcame various hardships in their respective journeys. One great example of this is on Elephant Island, which is actually the place where Shackleton became stranded when his ship was damaged by the ice. Of course you could simply read about it, but what would be the fun in that?
Send a postcard
Believe it or not you can send a postcard from the only post office in the whole of Antarctica and this is locate at Port Lockroy. This former station of the British is now a museum to Antarctic exploration and is certainly one of the most popular attractions around. Of course if you do end up sending a postcard, you will most likely arrive home before it does!
Take a helicopter ride
This is by no means a budget travelers experience, but you really cannot match the stunning views that you will get from above. Imagine the views you get from a plane and how stunning it is, if you could multiply that by ten you would have an Antarctic helicopter ride. Taking these rides can also give you access to penguin colonies that are not normally able to be visited.
That’s right it is possible to swim and the best place for this is undoubtedly Deception Island. An active volcano lurks below the surface of the island and the volcanic activity acts to heat the water in some parts of the island. This island is one of the South Shetland Islands and is a must see regardless of the possibility to swim