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Vacation in Antarctica

Updated on July 20, 2012

This not exactly the most sought of vacation areas and it is for the adventuresome outdoors person. It is for those who want to see wildlife in their habitat, or to go to the end of the world, because many things you would do there one can do in many equally beautiful places, all far closer!

Many are taking a vacation WAY down under in Antarctica, the land of endless summer or endless winter, penguins, snow, ice, polar bears, and out of this world scenery. Only a few companies are currently offering vacation getaways. One, is Oceanwide Expeditions. Because of the reverse seasons, summer is in December there and it is the only time to go. The company takes you aboard the ocean liner Plancius, a modern, all amenity ship, bar none. It carries 114 passengers.

Taking a vacation to the Antarctica will appeal to those who go to Alaska. The difference is that with this vacation you can do activities on the vast continent, such as, camping, skiing, hiking, sight seeing, kayaking, or scuba diving. During the day, you go shore and spend the day (unless you are camping) and return to the warmth of your ship. After a few days, the ship will move to a different destination. The total trip lasts 12 days and costs range from $7300 to $10,000, depending on accommodations and packages.

All of the events last last 2-4 days and are guided or led by a professional familiar with it. The weather where the ship visits can range from a high of 60F (extreme) to an average of 35F during the day. The voyage begins at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and then after two days of travel the waters of the Antarctica are entered. Once there, the ship travels into areas for day activities.

The fare includes everything but the airfare to Ushuaia and whatever vacation package you signed up for. Special clothing for the outings is not provided, so be sure you go with the proper attire!


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      @martha- why? are you sure?

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      Martha 5 years ago

      There are no polar bears in Antarctica.

    • GClark profile image

      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Well-written article illustrated with interesting photos that provide a great over view of what to expect on such a trip. Thanks for sharing.