Antarctica Best Destinations – Travel Guide

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Updated January 7, 2017 / João Leitão / 13 Comments / Filed in: / Reading time 7 minutes
Antarctica Travel Guide

Antarctica Travel Guide

Antarctica Travel Guide

Map of Antarctica

Map of Antarctica – Antarctic continent

“The Antarctica continent has no nations, but it has 8 official territorial claims. Antarctica has approximately 1000 inhabitants and is divided into nine sub-regions: British Antarctic Territory, Ross Dependency, Adélie Land, Peter I Island, the Australian Antarctic Territory, Queen Maud Land, the Chilean Antarctic Territory, Argentine Antarctica and the Marie Byrd Land (unclaimed).”


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Antarctica best destinations – Antarctica Travel Guide

Antarctica is an astounding travel destination, though most people would love to go there but don’t know what experiences are possible within the Antarctic Continent itself. Traveling 15 days within Antarctica gave me superlative insight of its geography, regional flora and fauna, and its history. On this page is a list of Antarctica’s Best Destinations.

Also read: Antarctica Cruise 15 day Expedition.

✅ 1- Cross the Drake Passage – Antarctica Travel Guide

Cross the Drake Passage - Antarctica Travel Guide

Cross the Drake Passag – Antarctica Travel Guidee

The Drake Passage, part of the Southern Ocean that separates South America from Antarctica, is infamous for bearing the worst weather conditions of the maritime world. Often susceptible to 10 meter / 32 foot waves, traversing the Passage will require two days of your journey.

2- Cross the Antarctic Circle

Cross the Antarctic Circle - Antarctica Travel Guide

Cross the Antarctic Circle – Antarctica Travel Guide

The Antarctic Circle is the imaginary line commencing at 66° South latitude, where the Antarctic continent begins and sun-seekers can enjoy solar splendor for 24 hours, once per year.

✅ 3- Visit Horseshoe Island

Visit Horseshoe Island - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Horseshoe Island – Antarctica Travel Guide

Horseshoe Island is located south of the Antarctic Circle, at 67 ° 51’S 67 ° 12’W. The island has an English base called Base Y, or Horseshoe Base, which has been inoperable since 1950. Horseshoe Island provides a habitat for a multitude of species including Adélie penguins, Leopard seals, Antarctic fur seals, Sea lions and Crabeater seals.

✅ 4- Visit Stonington Island

Visit Stonington Island - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Stonington Island – Antarctica Travel Guide

Stonington Island is located in Marguerite Bay, below the Antarctic Circle at 68 ° 11’S 67 ° 00’W. The island has two bases, an American base called East Base and a British base called Base E. Both bases were operational in the 1940s. On Stonington Island, there are also large colonies of South Polar skuas, Adélie penguins, Antarctic Terns and Imperial Shags.

✅ 5- Visit Petermann Island

Visit Pettermann Island - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Petermann Island – Antarctica Travel Guide

Discovered by the German Antarctic expedition of 1873, Petermann Island is located in the Kiev Peninsula, at 65 ° 10’S 64 ° 10’W. Beautiful and with its abundance of marine life, the island hosts an estimated 3000 pairs of Gentoo penguins (plus their offspring) as well as some Adélie penguins, Imperial Shags, South Polar skuas and Wilson’s storm petrel. Petermann Island also has incredible, scenic views and even a small, closed Argentine base.

✅ 6- Visit Port Lockroy in Goudier Island

Visit Port Lockroy - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Port Lockroy – Antarctica Travel Guide

Discovered by the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903-05, Goudier Island is located in the Palmer Archipelago, at 64 ° 50’S 63 ° 30’W. The island hosts a natural harbor, Port Lockroy, belonging to the British Antarctic Territory, and it also holds the famous research Base A, which has the only postal service in Antarctica. There are many Gentoo penguins to see, dispersed everywhere, and you can also visit a very interesting museum and a delightful souvenir shop.

✅ 7- Visit Jougla Point

Visit Jougla Point - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Jougla Point – Antarctica Travel Guide

Jougla Point is located in Palmer Archipelago, at 64 ° 50’S 63 ° 30’W. Forming the western entrance to the natural harbor of Port Lockroy, Jougla Point also has a large colony of Gentoo penguins, some Weddell seals and several remnant whale bones.

✅ 8- Visit Neko Harbour

Visit Neko harbour - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Neko Harbour – Antarctica Travel Guide

Discovered by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of the early 1900s, Neko Harbour is located in the Andvord Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula, at 64 ° 50’S 62 ° 33’W. Here was most likely the most beautiful view I’ve seen in the whole of Antarctica. In addition to seeing its large colony of Gentoo penguins, you can also trek up the mountain to be dazzled by the fantastic bay views of synthesized glaciers and icebergs within Neko’s waters.

✅ 9- Visit Paradise Bay

Visit Paradise Bay - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Paradise Bay – Antarctica Travel Guide

Paradise Bay is located on the Antarctic Peninsula, at 64 ° 49’S 62 ° 52’W. The bay’s entire expanse is serene and beauteous, providing a quiet area for boats to be sheltered from the strong tides of this Antarctic region of the Lemaire Channel. Here, there are also colonies of Gentoo penguins, Imperial cormorants, Crabeater seals and Leopard seals.

✅ 10- Visit Almirante Brown Antarctic Base

Visit Almirante Brown Station - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Almirante Brown Station – Antarctica Travel Guide

At Almirante Brown Antarctic Base, or Brown Station, I had the opportunity to explore this Argentine research base located at 64 ° 51’S, 62 ° 54’W in the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition to viewing the vast population of Gentoo penguins, you can climb up the hill and enjoy spectacular views of Paradise Harbor, the base and the surrounding, snow-covered mountains and glaciers.

✅ 11- Visit Danco Island

Visit Danco Island - Antarctica Travel Guidea

Visit Danco Island – Antarctica Travel Guide

Discovered during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1887-99, Danco Island is located in the Errera Channel, at 64 ° 44’S 62 ° 37’W in the Antarctic Peninsula. A beautiful place, Danco hosts many Gentoo penguins in the foreground of its scenic views rising towards rocky peaks.

✅ 12- Visit Wilhelmina Bay

Visit Wilhelmina Bay - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Wilhelmina Bay – Antarctica Travel Guide

Also discovered during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1887-99, Wilhelmina Bay is located in the Reclus Peninsula, at 64 ° 38’S 62 ° 10’W. With many humpback whales coming very close to the zodiacs (speed boats), Wilhelmina is one of the best places for whale watching in this region of Antarctica.

✅ 13- Visit Cuverville Island

Visit Cuverville Island - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Cuverville Island – Antarctica Travel Guide

Also discovered during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1887-99, Cuverville Island is located in the Errera Peninsula, at 64 ° 41’S 62 ° 38’W. With about 6500 pairs of penguins (plus their offspring) waiting to be photographed, the island is famous for having the largest colony of Gentoos in the Antarctic Peninsula region.

✅ 14- Visit Deception Island

Visit Deception Island - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Deception Island – Antarctica Travel Guide

Given its name, Deception Island, located in the South Shetland Islands at 62 ° 60 ° 58’37S 39’00W, is ironically the most secure of all the Antarctic ports. The island opens to a collapsed volcano crater, giving passage to its interior entirely surrounded by land, while also providing a safe vessel haven. Deception Island has several old oil-processing factory buildings from its most prevalent whale and seal hunting days. On the island, one can now find thriving Antarctic fur seals as well as Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins.

✅ 15- Visit Half Moon Island

Visit Half Moon Island - Antarctica Travel Guide

Visit Half Moon Island – Antarctica Travel Guide

Half Moon Island is located in the South Shetland Islands, at 62 ° 35’S 59 ° 55’W. The island has an Argentine base that operates only during the summer months. Along my 5 km / 3 mile trek, from one side of the island to the other, I discovered Half Moon Island’s various types of rare plants, an important colony of Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, as well as its many Antarctic fur seals.


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Antarctica – by Mapping Megan

ANTARCTICA

ANTARCTICA

Antarctica is one of those once in a lifetime destinations, and one which quickly becomes the favorite destination of all travelers who make the journey. And with spectacular glacial lagoons, dramatic icebergs, vast areas of remote wilderness, breaching whales and deep-diving seals, it’s not hard to understand why … Antarctica really is the final frontier!

One of the most remote continents on our planet, Antarctica is unlike anywhere else on earth (maybe Greenland), and is absolutely pristine. It’s still largely untouched, unspoiled, and unexplored (even though some 30,000 travelers visit every year), and is absolutely unbelievable.

There is no other place on earth you can take a paddleboard or kayak between giant ice-bergs, phenomenally steep cliffs, ice shelves and stunning mountains. No other place on earth where you can step out of your boat for hikes through ice fields, and close up encounters with rare wildlife who are not afraid of people.

We live in a day and age where it’s hard to enjoy a unique adventure because everything seems to have been already done. But Antarctica still offers that sense of adventure – of butterflies in your stomach, of extreme exhilaration and thrill. We booked with a company who limit their ships to 110 passengers; Antarctica is better experienced when you’re not crammed on a ship with 500 + other people.

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Antarctica – by Two Monkeys Travel Group

ANTARCTICA

ANTARCTICA

There are many reasons that a destination could be off-the-beaten-path; inaccessibility, danger, a general lack of awareness, environmental protection, cost, or a massive combination of all of them! The latter is definitely true of Antarctica and aside from the cost, these are all the more reason to want to go there. I believe that for people who love travel, they are actually in love the feeling of adventure and reaching hard to reach places.

Just several weeks ago, we were finally able to realize our dream to visit the last true wilderness in the world, Antarctica. The options for getting to Antarctica are seriously limited; be a self-funded polar explorer; become a polar research scientist, or pay for an expedition cruise with an Antarctica Cruise operator. We went with Hurtigruten because they focus a lot on having lots of landing time on the islands and the Antarctic mainland, rather than just cruising around looking at it all from a balcony. Having traveled there and back it’s clear to see why so few people do.

Our adventure took us through the Chilean fjords for two days, around Cape Horn and then two days across the notoriously dangerous Drake Channel, before we could get anywhere near Antarctica. For days we explored seemingly alien landscapes like the volcanic Deception Island and the fields of floating sea ice around Neko Harbour, always taking the time to stop, stand and look at the isolated wilderness, completely inhospitable but so beautiful at the same time. There really is no place on Earth like Antarctica?!

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I’d never even considered Antarctica as a travel destination, but after reading this I definitely am! I’m not really a big fan of the cold and the snow, but I do love penguins 🙂

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Hello João,

Portuguese really travel everywhere 🙂 Antarctica is the ultimate adventure travel destination! we really want to go there some day 🙂

Nice post.

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hello there! thank you so much for your visit and your lovely comment! Without a doubt Antarctica is one of the most impressive destination one can go to. I wish you happy travels! Abraço desde Ouarzazate!

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Jeeeez. I am alll about traveling – but Antarctica doesn’t sounds like a place that interests me too much. I would feel so vulnerable and cold :P. I guess I am a wuss when it comes to cold lol. It would be neat to see the penguins up close, though 🙂

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Lovely pictures and nicely written post. Was a pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing! I’d love to visit Antarctica someday, too.

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Thank you very much for your comment. Antarctica is an amazing place, I hope you get to go there soon! Don’t leave it for last.

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I’ve always thought about Antarctica as a whole. It’s a little strange to list different destinations on this ice continent. 🙂

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Hey Dave! Well, you’re kind of right as also myself never thought about Antarctica as different places to visit. I really enjoyed my 15 days trip to this amazing continent. Gave me a different perspective of the whole Planet and human history.

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That’s on top of the list of my dreams. Not yet on the list of my trip, coz living in Hong Kong, it’s just on the other side of the world, and it has a certain cost…. But I will go there on day, to say hi to the penguins! 😉

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Greetings! thank you very much for your nice comment. haha of course you’ll have to go there and say hi to all those penguins! enjoy Hong Kong! big hug all the way from Ouarzazate!

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Cláudia Silva
June 5, 2014 11:17 am

Muito bem João Leitão, estou na cola das suas viagens, quem sabem em breve você nos sorteia uma viagem em grupo! Ficar perto das suas aventuras e experiências deve ser incrível. Um abraço! <(") = <(") = <(") =

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Olá Cláudia obrigado pelo seu comentário. Fico contente que me vá seguindo através dos meus sites. Abraço de volta querida!

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