Antarctica is in my mind the most unique place that you could ever visit in your entire lifetime, especially given the amazing landscape that you won’t see anywhere else on the entire planet. You have probably never thought about Antarctica cruise prices, but it definitely is possible and this article will talk a little bit more about reaching the most unique place on Earth.
How to get there
The main way to get to Antarctica is of course by cruise ship and this is the most popular way. Most of these leave from South America, in particular from Ushuaia, Terra del Fuego in Argentina and Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. A few other cruise ships leave from Chile, Buenos Aires and Argentina, however there are far fewer of these. Cruise ships generally cross the Drake Passage and then go onto Antarctica, which is an experience in itself.
Antarctica cruise prices can vary, but it is most likely going to be a significant investment. This is due to the very specialised cruise ships that are used for the trips and these need to be well maintained to deal with the harsh Antarctic conditions. The prices can also be significant for those traveling first from other countries to South America, which is something that should also be factored in when thinking about planning.
You may have heard that during the winter months that there is total darkness in Antarctica, which means that travel during this time is impossible. The only way to actually visit the continent this time would be if you were working on a research base, but this wouldn’t be particularly rewarding with the lack of sunlight and wildlife. You must go during the main tourist season, which runs from November to March. During this time the weather is much more pleasant and can reach as high as 16 degrees Celsius and a low of negative 15 degrees Celsius.
Antarctica is filled with many attractions during the summer months, in particular the serene and untouched landscape, as well as the rich wildlife. You can expect to see penguins, seals, whales and many other types of birds. There is very little plant like there, with the exception of algae, moss and lichen, which are the only fauna capable of living in the extremely harsh conditions.
What to take with you
Every tour operator will have a specific list of necessities that you will need for Antarctica. Remember that good gear can mean the difference between a good trip and a bad one and this is especially the case when traveling to the coldest place on earth. I would recommend following this list very closely, as tour operators have a lot of experience with what works and what doesn’t in terms of equipment. I can recommend buying the best camera that you can buy, because you will most likely only get one opportunity in your life to photograph this unique place, so this would be the best time to invest in a great camera. A good waterproof bag is also great for protecting your camera.