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, Antarctica 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. Visitors to Antarctica generally must brave rough sea crossings aboard ice-strengthened vessels, but those who do are rewarded with amazing scenery and tremendous wildlife.
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.
Antarctica offers a true one in a lifetime adventure.