March of the PenguinsVisiting Antarctica is on many people's bucket list. I am fortunate to have traveled there to witness first hand the awesome beauty. My trip on a small expedition ship included stops in Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia Island. There were so many highlights on a this 2-3 week adventure, but none as exciting as seeing penguins at play on the giant icebergs near Point Wild. This is very near the place where Shackleton's men spent four cold and miserable months in 1916, while Shackelton sailed for help.
The trip to Antarctica in a small ship made it possible to do two zodiak raft excursions nearly every day. That is not possible if you visit Antarctica in a big cruise ship. It was from one of these zodiak trips that I was able to witness the spectacle of marching penguins on city-block sized icebergs. Truly an amazing sight to see.
If you want to see wildlife in a largely untouched setting, a trip to Antarctica is the thing to do. There are many companies that run tours to Antarctica, and prices vary greatly, so check out several operators and compare the itineraries and prices. I visited in January, and believe that December to early February is the best time to visit. It offers warmer weather, and you also get the chance to see many Penguin chicks during this time.