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.
Departing from Bluff, New Zealand, our sturdy ice-strengthened and
helicopter-equipped ship Marina Svetaeva will carry us across the
spectacular Southern Ocean via New Zealand's Subantarctic islands and thence
to the Ross Sea. Antarctica's Ross Sea coast offers spectacular scenery,
prolific wildlife and a glimpse of the Golden Age of Exploration. Massive
icebergs break away from the Ross lce Shelf, while active Mt Erebus and the
Transantarctic Mountains provide a glorious backdrop to the expedition huts
of Scott and Shackleton. Each day will bring new insights into the lives of
whales, seals and birds, glaciology, and the history of Antarctic
Source: Ross Sea Exploration: Expedition Notes - Aurora
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. 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.
Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, the experience as you approach by ship
affords the pleasure of seeing the land from the ocean, the icebergs and the ocean wildlife.
Make sure you are well prepared for this trip of a lifetime, even though it
may be summer in Antarctica, it is still very cold down under. You will need the
thickest and heaviest winter jackets, thick gloves, reliable snow boots, and
waterproof gear. Make sure you have good sunglasses that block out all the
sunlight, as the light reflecting off the ice can be blinding and damage your
sight. You may want to consider binoculars, and don't forget to pack your camera
with plenty of memory cards and backup batteries, as the photos will be your
memories to share of a trip of a lifetime.
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. You can also find more information about
Antarctica, tour operators and related
links from the main section of our site.
Many thanks to Jennifer Cooke for sharing the story and images of
the wonderful tour she went on with Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica.
Source: Images courtesy of Jennifer Cooke