10 Reasons to Visit Antarctica
Looking reasons to visit Antarctica? Still pristine and barely touched, Antarctica is more than barren ice covered landscapes. Unspoiled by mass tourism and beaconing you to visit its icy shores, now is a better time than ever to visit the polar continent.
*I have a business relationship with Oceanwide Expeditions and traveled onboard the M/V Ortelius sailing South to the Ross Sea and Antarctica as an independent press & media representative. All opinions are my own. Trust me, Antarctica is f*&!#^@ awesome!
Really, who doesn’t love penguins? They’re the cutest and aren’t usually scared to get right up close and personal with Antarctic explorers.
2. Ice Bergs.
With icebergs larger than several small countries that have broken off the continent there’s ample opportunity to see Antarctica’s center stage star: the ice. But get there quick! With changes in the climate the continent’s famed ice is melting faster now then ever.
3. The Desolation.
Looking to get away form it all, literally? There’s no better place to escape the crowds, hectic city life and depressing fake news than Antarctica.
4. The History.
History buffs rejoice! Walk in the footsteps of Antarctica’s explorers… Borchgrevink, Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen… just to name a few. These guys all had ample reasons to visit Antarctica, do you?
5. The Birding.
Did you know Antarctica is chock full of exotic birds? Less colorful than their tropical counterparts, but oh so much more rare. Watch the graceful dives and spins of Skuas, Petrels and giant Albatross.
Antarctica is bursting with glaciers. There are thousands upon thousands. So many that several aren’t even named. But just like the Antarctic ice, glaciers are affected by the warming sea temperatures and melting at an astonishing rate.
7. The Lemaire Channel.
Easily the most scenic location in Antarctica. Sunset here is unbeatable with mirror like reflections in the calm guarded waters of the famed channel.
8. Whale watching.
Keep a pair of comfy slip-on shoes handy for that early wake up call to come across the intercoms of your ship yelling at you to get on deck because the ship is surrounded by thousands of whales.
9. Face to face with seals.
Nothing is more an adrenaline rush than staring eye to eye with a giant seal that outweighs you 10-fold.
10. Unreal Landscapes.
The landscapes are one of the best reasons to visit Antarctica. From the idyllic spine of mountains bisecting the famous Antarctic peninsula, to the flat barren nothingness of South Pole Station, to cruising the ice floes of the Ross Sea with Mt. Eberus looming over you from ashore: Antarctica has a landscape for everyone.
Need more reasons to visit Antarctica?
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