One of the world’s last true wildernesses, Antarctica is a land of extremes. It is the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest average elevation. As the fifth largest continent in the world, it is also the most Southern, overlying the “South Pole”. Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, broken by only a handful of scientific bases and a “permanent” population of scientists numbering only a few thousand.
Antarctica is the only continent with no significant land plant life and no native land mammals, reptiles, or amphibians (polar bears inhabit the North Pole). That said, marine life abounds and its shoreline serves as nesting ground for many species of migratory seabirds, penguins and seals. The Southern Ocean, in its stunning icescape setting, is home to many fish and marine mammals, including whales.
Visitors generally must brave rough sea crossings aboard ice-strengthened vessels, but those who do are rewarded with amazing scenery and tremendous wildlife. An Epic expedition to Antarctica departs from Punta Arenas in Chile, South America and flies over the Drake Passage. This avoids what can be a long and challenging ocean crossing and saves time. It also provides an ideal pre or post expedition opportunity to explore Patagonia and other Epic destinations in South America.
The MV Ocean Nova is the ultimate Antarctica Peninsula exploration experience. With fully equipped zodiacs, all cabins with views and a capacity of only 68 passengers, this really is the way to go.
A journey to Antarctica offers a true, once in a lifetime experience. See below for more on Epic’s 2018 Antarctica expedition.