The Afar Guide to

Hillary, Ross, Byrd, Shackleton…and you? Once unimaginable as a tourist destination, today thousands of people travel down to the bottom of the planet for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Not every voyage is the same, however, and although options may be more limited than a traditional vacation, there is still much variety and many fascinating places to explore. Whether you brave Drake Passage or fly directly to the last continent, a visit to Antarctica is a must for every nature-loving travel enthusiast.

Essential Antarctica Facts to

know before you go

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Matt LongAntarctica Local Expert

An experiential traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his site As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 60 countries and all 7 continents.