Antarctica is the dream destination for intrepid travellers, especially for those seeking to visit every continent on earth. Of the seven continents (or six you you count Europe and Asia as Eurasia), Antarctica remains as the last frontier that is relatively difficult and expensive to get to. Having said that it’s not like you have to endure great hardships to get there, and most visitors aren’t going to the South Pole. The Antarctic Peninsula is accessible from South America, and there are a selction of cruises that can take you to the frozen continent.
We have collected some blogs from travellers around the world who have made the trip to Antarctica. These stories describe what it is like to visit as well as covering practical information on how to prepare for a trip. If you have been and have written about your experience please send to us to be included here.
Jenny Humphries is a group tour consultant that has been vocal about her obsession of visiting Antarctica. And in 2013 she did! Jenny shares that “needless to say, this trip was not only a trip of a lifetime but also the most unbelievably exciting experience I’ve ever had.”
Trip of a Lifetime: Jenny Reaches Antarctica
Sherry has repeatedly said that she has no interest on being on a cruise. But there have always been a few exceptions to this statement – Antarctica is one of them.
How cruising to Antarctica works
If you crave the true beauty of Antarctica – the stark panoramas of a unique, natural continent at peace – here’s what traveler Marie Javins advises; avoid luxury cruises, generic itineraries, and unsafe ships. Instead, try small expeditions, unique approaches, or scientific research.
In 2014 Michael Sadowski traveled to the coldest, highest, driest place on the planet – Antarctica. What he remembers about his trip is that it is as much a mental test as it is a physical one.
How Antarctica challenged and changed me
Jane @ Swimming Cow
Jane is from Hong Kong but has also lived in London, Singapore, Dundee, Guangzhou, and upstate New York. She is a nomad who has experienced the beauty of Antarctica and these are her posts.
Sailing the forgotten continent – an Antarctica travel blog
Seth Resnik went on an amazing journey to Antarctica and brought home beautiful photographs. He says that “most amazing of all is trying to write down my memories and realizing that I could go on and on and on.”
Antarctica and Patagonia trip
Neal Boortz went on board the National Geographic Explorer on a 10-day Antarctic cruise. Of his experience he relates “it was overwhelming. Beautiful blue skies, no wind, and scenery to die for …and we were standing, walking and playing where no human being had ever stood … just seals, penguins and birds. Those few hours on the ice were worth the price of admission.”
Neal’s Antarctic Blog
Jeremy went to Antarctica for his undergraduate research. “A trip to the bottom of the world has certainly been a fun, challenging, tiring, and incredible experience!”
Jeremy’s Trip to Antarctica
Chris and Chris
Chris and Christina are a Canadian couple who make the trip to Antarctica. They said that the “weather will make or break your Antarctica experience. When the winds are fierce and the seas are high, not only will you be unable to step foot on land, but you will be feeling so poorly you will wish you were dead.”
Antarctica cruise: a perfect voyage
Antarctica is the only continent with no time zone, no government, no permanent residents except Emperor Penguins and with temperature below -14 C. Lucky for Swati Talwar she was part of the International Antarctic Expedition, an annual event organized by Robert Swan, the first person in history to have walked to both poles.
Antarctica: My Journey to the frozen continent
Joel is a a global traveler who visited the ultimate final frontier – Antarctica. He says “the place is just so vast. 14 million square miles and 1.5 times the size of the U.S. and is 98% ice and 2% barren rock.”
Antarctica the ultimate final frontier in travel
Dave and Deb
Like the other travellers, Dave and Deb didn’t know what to expect on their Antarctic expedition. They knew that they were going to see penguins and whales and a lot of snow and ice, but what is life like on the ship?
The Antarctic expedition experience explained
Climate Change Advisor for Shell David Hone visited Antarctica in 2009 and came back again in March 2015 for the NGO 2041, an NGO that is dedicated to the preservation of the continent as a last untouched place on earth.
Back to Antarctica
New York-based freelance writer and traveller Carly Blatt went to Antarctica; a haven for adventurers, animal lovers, bird watchers and iceberg junkies.
Antarctica without breaking the bank
João Leitão a travel expert, photography enthusiast, blogger, author of Nomad Revelations and World explorer went on a 15 day expedition to Antarctica.
Antarctica cruise 15 day expedition
In November 2014, Forrest McCarthy went on his third journey to the Antarctica Peninsula for ten action packed days of skiing, wildlife, glaciers, exploration and fun. Their journey began in Ushuaia, Argentina – the world’s southern most city.
2014 Antarctic Peninsula adventure cruise
Dean J. Tatooles
Photographer and traveler Dean J. Tatooles shared a few tips about traveling to Antarctica including: picking the right tour company, the best time to travel, and the right gear for the trip.
A trip to the bottom of the world: Photographing Antarctica
Barry and Laura
Married couple Barry and Laura are adventurers off to see the world. Barry relates, “as you can imagine, we were excited. Antarctica was always going to be a highlight of our trip, and now it was upon us. We stood on the captain’s deck, as he passed his orders to his first mate, and we began to navigate alongside the continent through the many islands of the Antarctic Peninsula.”
Welcome to Antarctica
In December 2014, Jennifer Long traveled to Antarctica with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions, in what she said “will likely be the most life-changing professional development I will ever undertake.”
Megan Singleton has been galavanting around the world travel writing for more than 15 years. In this article she shares valuable tips for cruising in Antarctica. On top of her list, invest in a good camera and plenty of memory cards!
Tips for cruising in Antarctica