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Exploring Antarctica

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Perhaps the ultimate destination for adventure travelers and ecotourists, the icy seventh continent will leave even the most intrepid explorer wanting more. From kayaking alongside icebergs to sitting in the middle of a massive penguin colony, Antarctic exploration is truly a once-in-a-lifetime privilege. It drives home how important it is to preserve this majestic destination, home to wildlife and an environment found nowhere else on the planet.
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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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OK, since there aren’t any polar bears in Antarctica (they’re Arctic inhabitants), maybe we should call this the Penguin Plunge. Whatever you name it, though, it’s a heck of a story to share with friends back home. While many expeditions offer...
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No matter which Antarctic cruise you embark upon, you will come to rely heavily on Zodiac boats. These rigid inflatables are used around the world—by beach patrols, the military, and thrill seekers—and you will depend upon them throughout your...
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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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Sure, you may pride yourself on being a great outdoorsperson, but would you camp under the stars in Antarctica? Depending on the tour you choose, bundling up for a chilly night on the ice might be a possibility. Several tour companies offer the...
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A popular activity at snowy resorts around the world, snowshoeing also offers you the opportunity to strap in and cover some ground in Antarctica. Several adventure tour companies include an afternoon or full-day outing on snowshoes, giving guests...
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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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Antarctica is a massive continent, full of ice, rock, mountains, and caves. Depending on your tour and where you visit, it may be possible for you to explore these areas by mountaineering or even caving. Of the thousands of mountains on Antarctica...