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Antarctic Adventure: Stepping onto the great white

Added 08 May 2012
Antarctic Adventure: Stepping onto the great white

Far beyond the tip of Argentina, across untouched waters and nameless landscapes, lies an enchanting world of mountains, epic icebergs and rare wildlife sightings.

On the edge of civilisation, Antarctica may have never had a native population, nor permanent human residents - even today - yet its awe-inspiring landforms lure ever more visitors, from world-famous explorers to ordinary travelling folk seeking a polar adventure.

Stretching over an unimaginable 5 million square miles, it’s a continent shrouded in mystery, whose elemental forces are not to be underestimated. It holds the world record for both lowest temperature and wind speed. But travel with the right company, with the right infrastructure and a trip to ends of the earth is entirely within your grasp.

Begin your Antarctic odyssey in the Argentinean town of Ushuaia, before heading south across the fabled Drake Passage, named in memory of 16th century explorer Sir Francis Drake. On the other side, the Antarctic Peninsula beckons and gives visitors their first opportunity to imprint footsteps onto the great white continent. As one of the last great wildernesses, Antarctica is awash with peculiar yet fantastical landforms, from ice-chocked waterways and gargantuan glaciers to noble mountains, blanketed in snow.

Wildlife spotting is also world-class, from minke whales settling in the waters south of the Antarctic Convergence during summer, to penguins, plodding amusingly across the islands.
And something to keep in mind: although technology has improved in leaps and bound over the years, this is still expedition cruising and some of the crossings do become a little rocky - but it's all part of the adventure.

That said, M/S Expedition’s cabins are cosy and comfortable, and its nimble size makes it ideal for carrying passengers into the heart of the action. Take a look at this video showing the Expedition in action:

Our Classic Antarctica Cruise travels from Ushuaia in Argentina, across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. The price includes most meals, accommodation on board M/S Expedition, and expedition staff.

We have a wide range of other options available including polar voyages which take in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.Take a look at our full range of Antarctica Expeditions