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Fantastic Antarctica Cruise
Just when you think you have seen it all, from New York City's Statue of Liberty, to Paris' Eiffel Tower, or China's Great Wall to Peru’s Machu Picchu, along comes a destination that raises your traveling experience several notches higher.
Welcome to Antarctica - the coolest place on planet Earth, where the sun shines for more than 20 hours a day.
The best part of going on a trip to one of the world's most awe-inspiring places is not just the destination; it is the journey itself. Seeing your surroundings change from land, to sea, to scattered ice and finally the pack ice itself is an unforgettable experience.
Seeing penguins in their natural environment and watching humpback whales surface making every photograph you take an entry for a National Geographic competition.
Talk about having a different kind of adventure from your usual sightseeing trips to Spain!
More information about Antarctica Trips
The journey to Antarctica is not as easy as just boarding a ship, sleeping for a few hours, and then waking among the icebergs. There are many challenging things about this iconic journey.
Crossing a large mass of ice-cold water presents its own problems and can be quite an over whelming experience, and certainly an unforgettable. There is very little risk since the ships are perfectly suited to the conditions, and the crew are exerts at expedition style journeys, and safety is always a high priority, but it is a wild and unforgiving environment and that may not suit everyone.
You need to be a true adventurer at heart because these trips are life changing experiences.
There are two ways to go on an expedition to Antarctica. The first is by sea, which is recommended by most people who have tried both ways. It means going from port to port exploring as your journey progresses, it is a very interesting and educational way to experience this whole adventure.
Most seas journeys to the biggest, natural ice-skating rink in the world take about 10-14 days so this is a long boat ride.
Don’t be shocked if your trip is a few days longer. The ship's captain estimates the arrival of the ship by the distance and the amount of ice that is present in the sea. If he and his crew think that it is too dangerous to cross a sea full of sharp-edged icebergs, the journey will have to wait until the ice floats away, making the sea "passable" again.
This trip takes time and flexibility.
If you don’t like the sound of a long sea journey, do not lose hope. There is a way to cut down the amount of sea time by traveling to Antarctica by plane.
The plane does not land directly on the ice but on one of the many ports of South America, or on the remote islands such as Stanley, Hobart, or Ushuaia in Argentina.
Once you arrive at one of these ports you will have a 6-7 day trip by sea. While this may be a faster way of getting to Antarctica, it is not the best way because you will miss a lot of things traveling by plane, but if time is short then is it perfectly doable.
A trip to the Antarctic will be a once in a lifetime experience and something that you will probably need to save up for! But you can be sure that it will be money well spent.
You will also have the pleasure of your fellow travellers’ company. They will be people like you who are equally thrilled by the experience. Not only that, but accompanying you will be expert guides and scientists who will give lectures and explanations and a commentary on everything you see in order to enhance the experience, and ensure you get as much from your cruise as possible.
Expeditions with these wonderful companies will take you to places like Drake’s Passage, the Beagle Channel, which takes you to the Falkland Islands, where you will see amazing bird life and penguins on the rocks. Travel through the Antarctic Convergence as you head on to South Georgia. This is Shackleton territory!
G adventures have the most amazing Kayaking and camping opportunities – imagine becoming a part of this foreboding and awe-inspiring landscape by sleeping in a tent or kayaking through sheltered bays and coming up close to the enormous ice bergs. Quite an experience! Here’s the link for more details about these incredible add-ons:
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