Antarctica is spectacular, a wilderness of landscapes reduced to a pure haiku of ice, rock, water and sky, filled with wildlife still unafraid of humans. A land of extremes, it is described by a bevy of superlatives – the driest, coldest, most inhospitable and isolated continent on Earth, Vast and ownerless. Antarctica is unique, and a journey here is like no other.
Best time to visit
November to February for ‘summer’ – or in time for a solar exlipse.
• Bathing in Deception Island’s thermally heated Pendulum Cove
• Taking a cruise on an inflatable rubber dinghy among the icebergs
• Scuba diving in McMurdo Sound
• Visiting the historic explorers’ huts in the Ross Sea region for a taste of Heroic Era
• Having postcards stamped at the Dome, South Pole
An Antarctica barbecue, set up on deck or even on the ice; early explorers had to make do with penguin and seal
An Antarctic Old Fashion, a blend of bourbon, Lifesavers sweets and snow; travellers may prefer to stick to adding a little glacier ice to their whiskey.
No polar bears (that’s the Artic); penguins smell terrible, dehydration and sunburn are real risks.