Antarctica may seem like an inaccessible and even downright hostile continent, but adventurous travelers who have witnessed its ethereal landscape agree it’s an unforgettable, one of a kind experience. Antarctica’s towering icebergs and imposing glaciers are indeed, a sight to be seen.
Being one of the world’s most unique destinations, Antarctica welcomes tourists from various parts of the world. Its facilities are constantly improving with more travel accommodations and options available for everybody. If you are planning to come to check out this beautiful, frozen continent, here are a few of the highlights that you shouldn’t miss:
Drake Passage: Separating South America from Antarctica, the Drake Passage is famous for its challenging weather conditions. It takes almost two days to sail through it.
Antarctic Circle: The Antarctic continent begins with an imaginary line starting at 66 degrees South, and anything within this circle is subject to climatic extremes with 24 hours of sunshine in the summer, and 24 hours of darkness in the winter.
Horseshoe Island: A popular stopping point on any Antarctic cruise, this island is named as such because of its English base which is nicknamed “Base Y” or “Horseshoe Base”. It stopped operating in 1950 but the island itself has become quite an attraction for naturists. It’s a place where you can see Antarctic fur seals, Adelie penguins, Leopard seals, and more.
Stonington Island: You can find this island in Marguerite Bay, just below the Antarctic Circle. It has two bases, one is an American base (East Base) and there’s also a British base (Base E). Here you will find colonies of South Polar skuas, Imperial Shags, and more.
Petermann Island: Located in the Kiev Peninsula, and home to around 3,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, and more. The penguins, the fantastic ice-scapes and the small Argentine base add to the wonder of this island.
Port Lockroy: This port is located on Goudier Island, which was discovered by the French Antarctic Expedition. Port Lockroy is a natural harbor that’s home to the famous Base A, the one and only postal service in Antarctica. The place has an interesting museum, souvenir shop and lots of Gentoo penguins waddling around.
Jougla Point: Located in Palmer Archipelago, Jougla Point is the entrance to the west part of Port Lockroy. Here, you’ll be able to see hundreds of Weddell seals, whale bones, and Gentoo penguins are everywhere.
Neko Harbor: Located in Andvord Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula, Neko Harbor was discovered in the early 1900s by a Belgian expedition. Some say that this place provides the best views of Antarctica, thanks to its large colony of Gentoo penguins. Visitors will also have the chance to disembark from their vessel and trek up to the mountain and see the glaciers and icebergs from a decent altitude.
Paradise Bay: Also located in the Antarctic Peninsula, Paradise Bay is a quiet area that protects boats from the strong tides. In this area you can expect to see colonies of Imperial cormorants, Crabeater seals, and more.
Almirante Brown Antarctic Base: Explore the Argentine base, climb up the hills, enjoy the wonderful views of the bay, and be amazed by the fantastic views of the snowy mountains and glaciers at the Almirante Brown Antarctic Base.
After reading about these ten must-see places in the Antarctic continent, now is the time to get ready to join the thousands of people who have taken the plunge and explored the world’s last uninhabited continent. Behind the continent’s inhospitable and incomprehensible facade, is a place full of wonderful nature and spectacular views that are truly unique in the world.