Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent and the fifth largest continent in the world. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Antarctica is a land of extremes: it’s the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest average elevation. This ice-crowned jewel rewards travelers with inspiration, adventure, and perspective. There’s nothing quite like seeing ice shimmering in all directions, reflecting sunlight, while wildlife roams freely including penguins, seals, and seabirds, unafraid of human visitors. No place on Earth compares to this vast white wilderness of elemental forces: snow, ice, water, rock. Antarctica is simply stunning.
Most cruises to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum.
Antarctica tours are generally conducted from October until March when there are 18-24 hours of daylight. April to September the sun virtually disappears, and temperatures are subzero, often extreme.
Mating season for penguins and other birds is in November and viewing their chicks in December and January are both popular times to visit. Whale-watching reaches its peak in February and March.
Travel with Adventure People to Antarctica. We offer customized, private trips starting any day of the year at reasonable prices. We also have a number of group tours with our most popular itineraries that you can join. Contact us to create an itinerary and price that is specific to you.