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” and is 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. (N.B 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.
Travellers to Antarctica must generally 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 in both direction. It also saves time.
This departure point also provides an ideal pre or post expedition opportunity to explore Patagonia and other Epic destinations in South America.
The new and modern MV Magellan Explorer is the ultimate custom-built Antarctica Peninsula exploration experience.
Available on our 2020 Antarctica journeys, strong and agile, with 10 fully equipped zodiacs, elegant cabins with private bathrooms and balconies and a capacity of only 73 passengers, this exclusive small group experience really is the way to go.
The Epic Antarctica difference...boutique small group tailored cruising with exclusive & personal private guiding insights and experience second to none.
Of course, an Antarctica expedition with Epic also includes kayaking, ice glacier trekking and up close encounters with uniquely diverse wildlife that will take your breath away.
This is a journey into the wilds of the white continent – a true, once in a lifetime experience.
Find out more on Epic’s 2020 Antarctica expedition on board MV Magellan Explorer.
NOTE: The comfortable MV Ocean Nova cruise vessel continues to operate air/cruise journeys to Antarctica and is available on request.