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One of the great tourism frontiers for travellers, explorers and adventurers is Antarctica, Earth's southernmost continent. Located in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, it is home to the geographic South Pole. This remote region is popular with tourist seeking an experience that is different and memorable.

ln January 1841, an expedition led by James Clark Ross became the first to penetrate the Antarctic pack ice south of New Zealand, and discover a sea that would allow access deep into the heart of Antarctica. During the next five weeks, the expedition discovered the massive Ross lce Shelf, the active volcano Mt Erebus and open water south o177" latitude. These discoveries paved the way for future explorers, scientists and adventurers.

Our voyages follow in Ross' wake, skirting or pushing through the ethereal world of pack ice to attempt to reach Cape Adare, site of the first confirmed landing on the Antarctic mainland, by Carsten Borchgrevink in 1895. Four years later he was to winter over with a scientific party, the first to do so on the Antarctic continent. His expedition hut still nestles amid the world's largest Adélie penguin rookery, beneath the stunning Admiralty Mountains.

Source: Ross Sea Exploration: Expedition Notes - Aurora Expeditions

The Australian Government - Australian Antarctic Division website lists Australian tour operators for the Antarctic. For those planning to include Macquarie Island World Heritage Area, information is available from the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service.


Many thanks to Jennifer Cooke for sharing the story and images of the wonderful tour she went on with Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica.

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Marina Svetaeva in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica.
Marina Svetaeva in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica - Images © Jennifer Cooke
Iced rigging during early afternoon in Antarctica
Ice everywhere, coating the ship - Images © Jennifer Cooke
Ice everywhere
Ice everywhere - Images © Jennifer Cooke
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