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Port Lockroy

A guide to the must have experiences in Antarctica

From its extraordinary wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery, to the relics of a fascinating history of science and exploration, the ‘Great White Continent’ of Antarctica has undeniable appeal.

This far end of the Earth offers a wealth of incredible experiences; here is our pick of 10 of the best.

1. Hang out with penguins

Photogenic, inquisitive and comical, coming face to face with penguins is a highlight of any Antarctic adventure and can provide hours of entertainment.

Get inspired: Did you know this about penguins? 

Suggested Itinerary: Classic Antarctica

2. Take in the “Big Ice”

Majestic towering glaciers, expansive snowy landscapes and gigantic icebergs alongside delicate ice sculptures; the size and scope of the ice in Antarctica is a sight to behold and one that never ceases to amaze.

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3. Follow in the footsteps of polar legends

Whether you visit legendary explorer Shackleton’s final resting place on South Georgia, or head to the South Pole to pay homage to Scott of the Antarctic, you cannot fail to be impressed by the achievements of these legendary explorers.

Suggested Itineraries: Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia or South Pole Adventure

4. See the Sub-Antarctic Islands

Remote and beautiful, the highlights of the Sub-Antarctic Islands include the vast king penguin colonies of South Georgia and the sheer abundance of birdlife in the Falklands.

Suggested Itinerary:  Peninsula, Falklands & South Georgia

5. Participate in conservation and research projects

Take the opportunity to help protect the fragile polar environment by getting involved in real-life Citizen Science research projects. Projects on some of our voyages include whale tracking, data gathering and penguin surveys. You can also attend educational lectures conducted by world-renowned scientists and specialists in their field.

Suggested Vessel: M/S Seaventure

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6. Camp on the continent

What better way to empathise with the great explorers of the past than to spend a night under canvas in this beautiful wilderness? Camping on the frozen continent offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with Antarctica in a more personal way.

Suggested Itinerary: Classic Antarctica

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7. Visit the world’s most Southerly Post Office

Built during World War II, Port Lockroy today is run by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. Visitors can learn about the rich history of this site and also send a postcard home!

Suggested Itinerary: Crossing the Antarctic Circle

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8. Take the Polar Plunge

Considered a rite of passage by many, the Polar Plunge is a must-do on any Antarctic voyage. Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to jump off the boat and fully immerse yourself in some of the coldest waters the world has to offer. If that prospect isn’t exciting enough, what makes it even more exhilarating is that you never know when the opportunity is going to present itself in the voyage, meaning there’s no time to overthink it. But don’t worry, health and safety is taken very seriously and staff are always nearby to help you out of the water.

Suggested Itinerary: Classic Antarctica

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9. Enjoy a BBQ feast out on deck

Another “bucket list” activity on any Antarctic voyage. What could be better than sitting out on deck, breathing in the fresh, crisp air and taking in the spectacular scenery whilst savouring a freshly cooked steak and a cold wine or beer? Just don’t let the amazing food distract you from any possible whale sightings!

Suggested Itinerary: Peninsula, Falklands & South Georgia

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10. Add on a trip extension to Argentina or Chile

Enjoy a tango class in Buenos Aires, take in the largest waterfall system in the world at Iguazu Falls or admire the dramatic landscapes and varied wildlife of Patagonia. Wherever piques your interest, all extensions packages can be tailored to suit you.

Suggested Itineraries: Discover Buenos Aires or Discover Iguazu

Feeling inspired?

Search our holiday itineraries to find out what type of experience would be the right one for you. You simply call us or send an enquiry to discuss how you can explore Antarctica to suit your budget and timescale, we like to get to know our clients and talk through the options available so we can tailor-make your ideal itinerary.