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Where ships stop in Antarctica depends on a lot of factors, principally ice and weather. Most tour operators, though, will try to include several stops whenever possible. If you’re lucky, one of these stops will include the chance to climb a snowy...
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You may think you’ve kayaked in some extreme spots, but nothing beats an afternoon paddling in Antarctica. Not all expeditions offer this as an excursion, so be sure to check in advance if this is something you really want to try. Zodiac boats are...
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Ice conditions in Antarctica change hourly, and there’s no way to know where exactly your cruise will take you. If you’re lucky, though, you’ll be able to get close enough to pack ice to be able to go for a walk on water. One morning I was on a...
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In a destination as extreme as Antarctica, the trip there is an adventure in itself. This is especially true if you opt to journey the way many people do, by crossing Drake Passage. The Drake is the body of water between South America and...
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If all those calorie-laden meals on your cruise ship have you wishing for a workout, then a day spent skiing across Antarctica may be for you. Not very many tour companies offer this option, so be sure to ask before purchasing a trip. Typically,...
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By the end of your Antarctic expedition, I promise you’ll be able to identify the various penguin species almost immediately. One that doesn’t get as much attention as its cuter cousins is the strange-looking Adelie. Unlike other penguins, these...
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While humpbacks have a global presence, time spent in Antarctica is important for these massive mammals. The krill-laden waters around Antarctica make it the perfect place to feed during the summer months. It’s easy to identify the humpback thanks...
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The largest land mammal in Antarctica, seals are the rulers of the continent both in and out of water. The Antarctic fur seal is so named for its scraggly fur, which almost led to its demise. Nearly hunted to extinction in the 18th and 19th...
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My favorite seal in Antarctica, the crabeater is also the most abundant, with millions of adults calling the ice of Antarctica home. In fact, they mostly live on icebergs and floating bits of ice, which they use as places to sleep, rest, and catch...
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The second-largest seal in Antarctica, the mighty leopard seal can be found throughout Antarctica and on nearby islands. Also known as the Sea Leopard, this animal is most definitely a predator, feeding on seals, penguins, and fish. Its only...
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Named after a British seal boat captain, the Weddell is perhaps the best understood of the Antarctic seals. These seals have the most southerly distribution of any mammal and actually prefer to spend time on land, versus on pack ice or icebergs....
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Perhaps the most recognizable of the penguin species, these majestic animals are endemic to Antarctica, existing nowhere else in the world. They are a so-called giant species of penguin because they can grow up to 4 feet tall and weigh 50-100...
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Almost anyone who’s visited a penguin tank at the zoo has noticed how these aquatic birds seem to fly underwater—flapping their front flippers and soaring as if in air. Only travelers encountering penguins in the wild, though, have been able to...
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Seeing penguins in the wild is one of the major draws for travelers to Antarctica. And since the frozen continent is home to massive colonies of Gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap penguins, visitors have plenty of chances to see the (sometimes...
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It is a rare occurrence for whales to approach small boats or ships. Though, it does occasionally happen. In Antarctica, where ships and Zodiacs seldom visit, some experts believe that whales are more curious about them. And since groups in...
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There is nothing quite like pretending you are a wildlife biologist, even if only for a few minutes, during your visit to Antarctica. Because not many people visit the continent, most wild animals haven’t developed a fear of humans, which means...
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If you have Instagram or spend more than five minutes on Twitter, you've no doubt noticed that people around the world love a good sunset. Lest you think this isn’t possible in Antarctica, think again! While cruising around the ice-covered...
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica
There are few places with as much ambiance as the Coffee House at McMurdo Station. When you drum up your ideas of what a coffee and wine bar in Antarctica should look like, this matches to perfection. I enjoyed my time there so much that I also...
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica
They say after a winterover in Antarctica that the human brain does not operate quite as clearly as before. While I felt pretty sharp after my winter on the Ice, I had to think twice when I walked outside on a Sunday morning to see the bronze,...
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It is a surreal moment when you are The Most Southern Person on Earth. You will be standing on a 3-kilometer slab of ice at 2,800 meters in altitude, posing next to a USA flag and comfortable new building.... You can dance around the world, hug...
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Yes – that’s right, you can even drink on Antarctica. Of course there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to buy and consume booze on all 7 continents! At the Ukrainian run Vernadsky Research base they boasted a bar complete with...