The beautiful Antarctica attracts a wide range of tourists, from the young at
heart, the adventurer and those on a trip of a lifetime. Located in the
Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere and home to the geographic South
Pole, it is one of the great tourism frontiers providing an unique experience that is
different and memorable.
Surrounded by the Southern Ocean there is nothing
like standing on the boat and staring out into the ocean, as Antarctica appears
on the horizon. The experience is further heightened with the appearance of some
of the beautiful ocean wildlife.
Due to the earth's tilt and orbit around the sun, there are
only two polar seasons, summer and winter. During the summer at the poles, the
sun does not set, whilst in winter, the sun does not rise. It is the summer
season that most tourist visit the region. The days are long, as the sun only
drops below the horizon for a few hours a day, whilst the sky does not become
completely dark at night.
How to get there
There are a couple of options to visiting the region by air or by sea. Whilst there are tours that can fly to Antarctica, many visitors prefer the
experience of reaching Antarctica by ship, with a
number of operators available dependent on your route. There is a list of
Australian Antarctic tour operators from the
Australian Antarctic Division
The best times to visit
The best times for
visiting the Antarctic Peninsula is usually between mid-November and early
March. East Antarctica is less accessible, with the best time to visit being
late December to March. Visit some of the tourism operators who have set
schedules for visiting the region.
National Tours •
• Welcome to Antarctica!
Antarctica is the world’s highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent. Be
one of the lucky few to journey to this pristine wilderness, all in the comfort
of a Qantas 747. Your one day flight offers a full Antarctic experience – expert
lecturers are onboard to talk on the polar environment and video screenings
depict life on the ground. Sit back, relax and watch the majesty of this
extraordinary land and its varied scenery unfold beneath you.
• Whether you travel on one of our
Antarctica cruises, Arctic cruises or even our PNG and Kimberley cruises you
will be expedition cruising, the Aurora way. Our small, expedition-style
Antarctic cruises are the best way to explore this incredible last frontier and
as our past passengers will testify, our trips provide premium Antarctica travel
We push the boundaries of expedition cruising! Flexible itineraries , Zodiac
landings , an 'open bridge' policy, onboard lectures and optional adventure
activities such as sea kayaking, scuba diving, photography, climbing and
We are proud to be the first Australian member of the International Association
of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).
• When you experience the world
with Peregrine, we take you off the beaten track during the day then home to
plenty of creature comforts at night thanks to 3 and 4 Star accommodation.
English-speaking local leaders help you unlock the secrets of each destination,
and you'll benefit from their years of expertise.
Antarctica - The adventurous traveller's final frontier is a frigid,
perilous world, the most isolated continent on earth is also as spellbinding as
the planet gets. From the richly historic sub-Antarctic islands you head south.
Amazing wildlife – breaching humpback whales; penguin colonies; sunbathing
elephant seals and albatrosses following boats – vies for your attention with
the elemental grandeur of the landscape. Waters studded with innumerable
blue-white icebergs, some the size of office blocks; groaning glaciers calving
into the sea; soaring volcanoes rising majestically from the icy wastes. Extreme
and pristine, savage and serene, the end of the world is the mind-blowing
adventure to beat all others.
• Adventure holidays on the paths
less travelled - World Expeditions specialises in trekking, travel and active
adventure holidays in small groups across 7 continents. From the awe-inspiring
Everest Base Camp Trek to the magnificent classic Inca Trail & Machu Picchu,
from the beauty of the iconic Larapinta Trail Trek to the enchanting icebergs of
cruising Antarctica, from an exhilarating trek of Mt Kilimanjaro, a historic
trek of the Kokoda Track, or the Great Himalaya Trail across Nepal, World
Expeditions continues to offer innovative trekking, cycling and cultural
adventure travel holidays to the world's far-flung destinations.
South Pole found here •
The University of Adelaide
• The 'Heroic Age of Antarctic
Exploration' was an era when the world's bravest explorers set out to discover
Antarctica. For 25 years around the turn of the century, 16 major expeditions
• By Paul Ward who was inspired
about Antarctica when he was 14. This wonderful resource contains just about
everything you may want to know, read and look at for those wishing to or
planning to visit the Antarctic region.
There is a great article about
Antarctica Cruise and Travel Guide, which includes a outline of how long a
trip takes, how much it will cost, where do trips leave from and much more.