It’s probably crazy, but one of my dreams is to travel to Antarctica.
For the longest time I have been fascinated with this continent of ice.
Which, for anyone who knows me is probably surprising given how much I hate being cold.
But Antarctica! A land of dramatic landscapes and abundant wildlife. A place that is hardly habitable to humans but such an important part of our world. There is no culture or human touch in Antartica (well, not much anyway). It’s almost a barren, isolated, infinite expanse of cold, white land and ice. But to me it seems pristine, pure and wild.
Why I Want To Travel To Antarctica
1. Midnight Sunset
Yep, you can watch the sunset, at midnight. How mind-blowing is that? Of course, I understand the physics of how the earth is tilted and the much shorter nights Antarctica gets in the summer (for the Southern Hemisphere).
As someone who loves to discover and learn about new cultures when I travel, I love the idea of the complete peace and almost loneliness of travelling to Antarctica.
Need I say more?! I want to see wild penguins in their happiest of habitats.
Whales, albatross, seals, and more penguins! I would love to see them all.
5. The Challenge
Ultimately, travelling to the seventh continent would the challenge of a lifetime. The journey there, if going by boat, can be rather rough (the Drake Passage is thought to be one of the roughest areas of water in the world). And once there you are dealing with dry, cold climate. The trekking can be hard work. And I’m pretty sure the mental impact of going somewhere so different must be pretty immense.
How Does One Get To Antarctica?
I’ve been doing some research, and it isn’t a cheap expedition. You certainly need to save some pennies. But rightly so, I’d say. Ideally you want to fly to the southern parts of Chile or Argentina (LAN airlines have some options). From there you can join a cruise, expedition or even fly over to Antarctica. Some trip organisers include Intrepid, Abercrombie & Kent, Noble Caledonia or Kuoni.