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Antarctica, the white continent with its land covered in ice, is an ecological wonder. It is the greatest reserve of fresh water in the world, as it contains 90% of land ice. A wildlife paradise that bewitches scientists and voyagers. The first explorers arrived only 200 years ago, which makes Antarctica the continent which has been hidden to man for the longest period. In this fascinating territory there is a varied marine fauna such as: whales, Weddell seals, crab colonies, elephant seals, chinstrap penguins, Gentoo penguins and Adelie penguins. You can also find a great variety of birds, such as petrels and albatross. In Antarctica you can enjoy amazing glaciers, icebergs and mountain sceneries.

When to travel?

The austral summer is the only season in the year when you can travel to Antarctica.

How long?

Your stay in this region depends on the cruise you take. In case you get there by plane, flights arrive and depart during the day, where you could only stay for a few hours.

Geography

Antarctica is a circular shaped continent which has a diameter of about 4,000 km and an estimate land area of about 14,000,000 km2. This continent is divided in two regions, Greater Antarctica which is larger and older, and Lesser Antarctica known as the Antarctic Peninsula because of its shape. Ross and Weddell seas surround the land and form the two characteristic bays. Some of the highest peaks are more than 3,000 meters high and the height average is not less than 2,250 meters which makes Antarctica the highest continent in the planet.

Climate

Antarctica’s climate is the coldest on Earth, with temperatures in the centre of the territory that range from -70°C to -40°C in the month of August and between -45°C and -15°C in the month of February, which is warmer. Along the coast and especially in the Antarctic Peninsula, the temperatures are a bit higher. In winter the temperature has reached -32°C as the minimum and  -15°C as the maximum and during summer it has reached -5°C and 5°C. The winds in Antarctica have an important role because their circulation helps to regulate the global climate, specially the south hemisphere.

Interesting Places

Livingston Island

The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands located north of the Antarctic Peninsula. In Livingston Island there are Gentoo penguins, Chinstrap penguins and Macaroni penguins which have a yellow crest and can rarely be seen. You can also see elephant seals, several birds such as petrels and snowy sheathbills.

Aitcho Islands

The Aitcho Islands are a group of minor islands on the west side of the north entrance to English Strait separating Greenwich Island and Robert Island in the South Shetland Islands. In these islands there are big colonies of Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins. It is also possible to see Weddell seals which are one of the protected mammals in this area and Antarctic giant-petrels flying overhead.
 

Deception Island

This island is an active volcano in the South Shetland islands; visiting its crater which is at sea level makes it a unique experience. The island has a horse-shoe shape with a large flooded caldera which opens to the sea through a narrow channel at Neptunes Bellows. These are a group of rock towers that emerge from the bottom of the sea. On the coast of this island the water can reach 65°C.  Bay of Whales is also included in the cruise where you can see what remains of abandoned antarctic whaling stations.

Lemaire Channel

It is one of the most attractive places in the region because of the beauty of its landscape surrounded by mountains. Navigating among the cliffs when the weather conditions are right and the zone is free of the typical icebergs is a unique experience. In this very cold water it is frequent to see the Minke whales and groups of seals lying on the ice floes.

Petermann Island

A peculiarity of this island is the huge granite walls and the abundant snow. In summer it is possible to see the elephant seals lying on the rocks of the island. There is a colony of cormorants which can be seen. Petermann Island has the southernmost colony of Gentoo and Adelie penguins.

Cuverville Island

The rocks in this island are covered with lichens and moss, the only botanical species that grow on the surface in Antarctica. Here you will enjoy watching the Gentoo penguin colonies and a variety of birds such as the white-chinned petrel and the skua.

Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy is a natural harbour 800 meters long on the south-western shore of Wiencke Island. Sometimes, it is possible to view Minke and humpback whales in this bay. This was a whaling port nearly a century ago. Nowadays there is a British base which has been renovated into a museum.

Paradise Harbor

From this harbor we can enjoy one of the most fantastic views of Antarctica. Landscapes with mountains, cliffs and glaciers. Minke whales and Gentoo penguins can be seen in this area.

Half Moon Island

This island has a volcanic origin, which is why it has a very peculiar surface. Here you can find Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, cormorants and skuas. It is also possible to see Weddell seals and sporadically the island is visited by elephant seals.
 
 
 
 

Packages

Antarctica Express Air – Cruise
 

During this voyage, you will have the opportunity of enjoying a unique experience. You will discover the loneliest, windiest, coldest and driest continent, Antarctica. You will set sail from Ushuaia and navigate the Beagle Channel, explore Cape Horn and sail through the mythical waters of the Drake Passage.


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Antarctica Express Air – Cruise
 

Antarctica Classic Air-Cruise
 

A unique experience. You will have the great opportunity to explore the characteristic fauna from Antarctica and enjoy a magnificent landscape with icebergs and fjords. You will navigate between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The aim will be to cross the Lemaire Channel and latitude 65°.Unmissable!


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Antarctica Classic Air-Cruise
 

Air-Cruise Polar Circle
  Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth – Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

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Air-Cruise Polar Circle
 

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