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Antarctica Travel


As the coldest, windiest continent on the planet, Antarctica travel offers a rare opportunity to see and experience some of the most unusual sights in the world. And that's just one reason why Antarctica tourism is so popular.

Hot Spots and Places of Interest: Antarctica tourism is all about lots of snow and ice, and the Ross Ice Shelf doesn't disappoint. Also called the Queen Victoria Barrier, the shelf is a focal point of many Antarctica tours. Up to 3.200 feet in some places, some lucky Antarctica travel enthusiasts have seen this glacier “give birth” to smaller icebergs during their trips. Another huge glacier, B-15, is also a highlight of Antarctica tourism. U.S. outpost McMurdo Station lets visitors on Antarctica tours get up close and personal with the continent. About 250 people spend the winter at the station, getting it ready for the busy Antarctica travel and research seasons in the summer. 

Popular Activities: A trek to the South Pole may seem like it's only for the most intrepid Antarctica travel enthusiasts, but surprisingly, the Scott-Amundsen South Pole Station is fairly popular, if simply for the bragging rights. Some Antarctica tours include a day spent at the pole, and a few really daring Antarctica travel fans will opt for skiing in. Antarctica tours even have something for golf aficionados – the station is home to a frisbee golf course – and Antarctica travel in December and January provides views of ice sculptures created by staff. 

Parks, Preserves and Natural Spaces: Mt. Erebus, an active volcano, rises up behind McMurdo Station, offering participants of Antarctica tours a fiery reminder in the midst of the icy-cold landscape. Many Antarctica tours pass through Paradise Harbor, where crystal clear waters mirror the harbor's huge icebergs. The spot is popular with Antarctica tourism experts due to the frequent “calving” that goes on, when smaller icebergs break off form larger one. If your Antarctica travel plans also include birding, you'll find blue-eyed shag petrels and gentoo penguins nesting here. Look for the remains of an Argentinian outpost, destroyed by the station leader who was desperate to leave. Lucky Antarctica tours are able to enter Lemaire Channel for superb views and picture-taking opportunities. Not all Antarctica tours are able to make the trek, since the channel is often blocked by ice. 

Festivals, Holidays, and Special Events: As the coldest and least populated continent in the world by far, it's not surprising that Antarctica travel plans typically don't include annual festivals or events; these occasions are few and far between. The primary exception is the Antarctic Polar Plunge, which takes place between December and February in the clear waters of Deception Bay. The bay is aptly named – it's the caldera of an active volcano, which makes it a popular spot for Antarctica tours. Try to coordinate your Antarctica travel with the hatching season of the chinstrap penguins, which have a large colony at the northern tip of Deception Island.

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