Antarctica, a vast white wilderness made up of snow, ice, water and rock, nearly double the size of Australia. This is the driest desert on earth and it is simply stunning. Enormous ice shelves and mountain ranges are beyond ones imagination and expectation, the wildlife so unafraid of visitors they often greet you with a yawn or a passing glimpse.
Among the main species that make up marine Antarctic fauna are Whales, Elephant Seals, Weddell Seals, Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo
Penguins, in addition to the variety of birds, such as Albatrosses, Petrels and Snowy Sheathbills.
Expedition ships sail from Ushuaia in Argentina or Punta Arenas in Chile and all have a range of itineraries ranging from shorter one week navigations to three week expeditions. There is also an option to fly from Punta Arenas to South Shetlands over Cape Horn and Drakes Passage for those that prefer to avoid the two day crossing.
WHEN TO GO: Weather and ice determines travel to Antarctica. Set departures between October to February
WHO FOR: For those that want to explore faraway and experience something totally different. A once in a life-time adventure
TYPE OF HOLIDAY: Cruise Boat or Expedition Vessel. From 10 day to 21 day itineraries sailing around the Antarctica Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia. Extra activities include cross country skiing, mountaineering, camping and kayaking
FLIGHT TIME: Overnight flights to Argentina and Chile from UK with connections to Punta Arenas (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentina)
TIME DIFFERENCE: No official time zone. Technically falls under all time zones. Most countries use the time zone of their own country.
COMBINES WELL WITH: Chile and Argentina