Places in Antarctica

Antarctica things to see and do

Things to see and do

Antarctic history

Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers such as Captain R.F. Scott by visiting historically important sites dotted throughout Antarctica.

Antarctica Marathon and Half-Marathon

The hardcore among you can endure the Antarctica Marathon and Half-Marathon on King George Island and run in sub-zero conditions.

Cruise

Take a cruise/ferry around some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Most trips depart from Ushuaia (in Argentina) or Punta Arenas (in Chile), and the passage from South America to the Antarctic Peninsula takes approximately two days.

Deception Island

Take a dip in the thermal waters on Deception Island. The island you see today was formed by a volcanic eruption, which caused its peak to explode and left a huge caldera (crater) inside the island.

Helicopter ride

Be one of the few to observe polar animals (including penguins and albatrosses) in their natural environment from the privileged views granted by a helicopter. Helicopters give the best access to emperor penguin colonies.

Kayaking

Kayak up to icebergs for even closer views of the glistening blue-tinted ice and, weather permitting, you may even be able to camp on the ice. Kayaking trips are offered as part of some expedition voyages.

Observation Hill

Climb Observation Hill, 30 minutes' ascent from nearby McMurdo station, which awards intrepid travellers with magnificent views of Mount Erebus and the Ross Ice Shelf, plus the 'Royal Societies' range across the ice; you will also find here the Memorial Cross erected in honour of Captain R.F. Scott and his polar party.

Port Lockroy museum

Impress your friends by sending them a postcard from the only post office in Antarctica, at Port Lockroy, which used to be a British station and is now a museum to early Antarctic exploration. It is one of Antarctica's most popular attractions, designated as Historic Site number 61 under the Antarctic Treaty.

Starry skies

Gaze up at the cosmos and delight in an exceptionally clear night full of stars.

Wildlife

Take advantage of some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. Elephant and Weddell seals, emperor, chinstrap and Adelié penguins and humpback and minke whales are just a few of the regulars spotted in Antarctica.

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