Antarctica is the coldest and driest continent on Earth. It is also a vast wilderness that belongs to no country and is visited by only a few travelers each year.
If you’re planning to cruise in Antarctica, you’ll want to make sure that your cruise takes you to all the places worth seeing.
Here’s a list of some of the top places to see and things to do in Antarctica.
Visit the wildlife in Antarctica
If you’re an animal lover, Antarctica is a dream come true. The continent is home to penguins, whales, seals, and other wildlife that you can spot on your best Antarctica cruises. In fact, there are hundreds of species of animals found here.
The best place for wildlife viewing is during your cruise in Antarctica because you’ll be able to see them up close as well as from afar. You might even get lucky enough to meet some Emperor Penguins.
During your cruise in Antarctica, we recommend following these tips on how to interact with the wildlife:
- Don’t touch or feed wild animals
- Don’t disturb habitat or nesting sites
- Don’t get close – maintain a respectful and safe distance
- Respect the environment and the weather conditions
Visit an active volcano in Antarctica
The majestic and imposing Mount Erebus is an active volcano that can be seen from the coast of Antarctica. It’s the southernmost active volcano on earth, so it’s worth a trip to Antarctica if you like volcanoes. It’s also one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupting every few years or so and spouting hot magma into the air.
The most notable thing about Mount Erebus is just how high up it is— 3,794 meters (12,448 ft) above sea level.
Go diving in Antarctica
Diving in Antarctica is a very different experience from diving in warmer climates. The water is colder, the visibility is limited, and no fish or coral can be seen. However, diving in Antarctica will give you that and more if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
You’ll need to be prepared for your trip by having all the right equipment, so ensure everything is checked before setting off.
Kayak across the Antarctic waters
With crystal-clear water, a kayak is perfect for getting up close and personal with Antarctica’s natural beauty. You’ll be able to explore the ice shelf, sub-glacial lakes, icebergs, and wildlife (including penguins).
Visit a penguin colony
You can visit a penguin colony. Penguins are the most populous animal in Antarctica. They live on all the southern continents, in the coldest places on earth, and in some of the most remote places on earth.
It’s possible to see them up close at breeding colonies such as those at Dumont d’Urville, Volunteer Point, and Cape Washington, where there is also a visitor center with educational programs and exhibits about these extraordinary animals.
Hiking and mountaineering in Antarctica
Hiking and mountaineering are great ways to get a feel for Antarctica. You’ll be able to interact with the local wildlife, see some of the natural beauty of Antarctica, and take in all that this incredible place has to offer.
It’s also a good way to meet other people on your ship who are interested in hiking and mountaineering as well.
Antarctica is one of the most amazing places in the world to visit. You can have an unforgettable experience by exploring this remote continent, surrounded by spectacular landscapes and fascinating wildlife.
Make sure you do your research first to know how to prepare for your journey and what to expect once you arrive on this unique continent.