Venturing into the dreamlike and uncharted world of Antarctica has never been easier. With more opportunities to explore than ever, there is truly something for everyone. If you are an adrenaline junky, animal enthusiast or photographer, you'll feel right at home. Experience the freeing sensation of being officially nowhere. No country owns this continent which makes it feel untouched, vivid, and completely wild. Read on for four must-do experiences for your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica.
Paddle the Antarctic Ocean
Enjoy the Southern Ocean from a unique perspective as you float around fjords, icebergs, and glacial faces from the comfort of a kayak. Paddle the pristine waters and observe the waves as they lap onto the rugged shore. Look for wildlife that breaches the surface of the water and listen for the call of seabirds such as albatross and snow petrels. Experienced guides lead this intimate and serene excursion allowing you to observe the otherworldly South Pole from sea level. Paddling is suitable for all levels with no previous experience necessary.
Fly Over Antarctica in a Helicopter
Experience a new side of the continent as you set foot on a part of Antarctica only accessible by helicopter. Accompanied by a small group of passengers and expert guides, board a helicopter and witness the icy landscape from a birds-eye view before touching down to take in the splendour of glaciers, mountains, and fjords. Quietly reflect on the beauty of your surroundings or take this adventure to the next level by trekking the glacial terrain.
Camp on the Antarctic Peninsula
Listen to the ethereal calls of the wild as you drift off to sleep beneath an indigo sky of a million stars. Camping in Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After having dinner onboard your ship, journey by zodiac to camp out in the snow and enjoy the wild peace of the night on the world’s seventh continent. Leave no trace during this experience as everything from the tents to the washroom set-up are taken to and from the ship to leave the environment as pure as ever.
Take the Polar Plunge
Get the ultimate adrenaline rush as you plunge into the frigid Southern Ocean while tethered safely to the gangplank of the ship. One by one, you can take part in this rite of passage while the rest of the guests and crew cheer you on. Psych yourself up to jump into some of the coldest waters on the planet before hopping out as quickly as you can to return to the warmth of a towel and the ship’s hot tub.
Antarctica is the ultimate journey for travellers. It allows for experiences and animal encounters that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. With endless opportunities for adventure and learning, plus a breathtaking landscape, the continent has beckoned travellers for decades. Now is the perfect time to explore as it has never been easier to travel there responsibly.
Author: Jenna Olsen, 2021