Antarctica is among the most beautiful, pristine and least explored places on the planet. Truly exhilarating, mysterious and alluring! Discover this extreme destination with an Antarctic voyage and enjoy the unrivalled views of multi-coloured ice caps, glaciers and pristine wilderness. This largely untouched wilderness is more accessible to a new generation of intrepid explorers.
When to Visit
Antarctic wildlife is at its most active during the southern summer. The beauty and solitude of Antarctic seas and mountains conceals the frantic activity of the shoreline colonies of birds and mammals
Nov – Dec (Spring)
After the winter darkness, spring fever hits Antarctica and the sun causes an explosive growth of phytoplankton in areas of mineral upwelling. The phytoplankton provides food to the astronomic swarms of zooplankton, including krill. Krill forms the base of the food chain for squid, fish and ultimately for seabirds, seals and whales, which flock in to fatten themselves and to produce their young.
In the warmer months of January and February wildlife activities are in full swing, therefore this is best time to visit Antarctica. Most penguin chicks hatch in January, earliest in the South Shetland Islands and later more to the south at the Peninsula. The frantic activity continues in the colonies in February as the young get older and bolder and are gathering in crèches.
Nightly darkness returns as the sun sinks farther below the southern horizon, but temperatures are still above zero, though we may experience a touch of Antarctic winter with night frosts, creating beautiful patterns of thin sea ice on the surface. The snow cover is at its minimum allowing for easy and extensive walks in the South Shetland Islands.
0 permanent residents, 5,000 temporary residents
14.0 million km2
Russian (most spoken), English (most widespread)
Antarctica dollars are collector’s items only. Each Antarctica base use its home currency.
McMurdo Station, population 1,258
Mount Vinson 4,892 metres above sea level
There are 7 buildings for religious worship including Catholic chapels, a Bulgarian Orthodox chapel, a Russian Orthodox church and a Christian chapel used by several denominations
Antarctica has several climate zones, all characterised by low temperature, high wind velocities and frequent blizzards. The average annual temperature ranges from about -10 degrees C on the Antarctic coast to -60 degrees C at the highest parts of the interior.
No mobile phone usage as there are no towers.
Antarctica is a continent that is bigger than Europe, North America or Australia. Visitors can gaze upon towering mountains, bulky glaciers and luminous icebergs. They may ascend the active volcano of Mount Erebus, fly a helicopter or take a boat to penguin colonies, kayak up to icebergs or enjoy a cruise around some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Antarctica uses 220 volts with 50 Hz electrical power.
Modes of transport for tourists include inflatable rubber boats, quad bikes, skidoos,all terrain vehicles, walking or hiking, helicopter or light propeller aeroplane.