Antarctica Travel Guide
Deception Island: This popular tourist destination is one of the safest harbours in Antarctica. It is the caldera to an active volcano as well that caused some damage to a research center in the 1960s. One of the coolest parts about the island is that you can take a dip in one of the volcanic hot springs.
King George Island: This is one of the biggest islands off the coast of Antarctica. It is also home to the annual half-marathon that takes place on this continent.
Things To Do
Swim in the Deception Island Hot Springs: Deception Island is home to an active volcano and is one of the safest harbours of Antarctica. One of the main draws to this island are the volcanic hot springs that you can take a dip in.
Take a Kayaking Adventure: This is an excellent way to quietly explore the area and see some of the amazing landscapes/wildlife that it holds.
Do the Polar Plunge: You can safely take a dip in the frigid Antarctica waters! There are companies that allow you to jump into the water as you're harnessed in so that they can safely pull you back in. Then you typically warm up with a towel and a dip in a hot tub.
Camp Out: You can't go to the bathroom on, eat, or drink on Antarctica but you can camp! While it won't be comfortable and it will be cold, very few people have ever done it and you'll feel pretty proud to join that list once you do.
Run a Half Marathon: Have you ever wanted to run a half marathon? Yeah, me neither. However I might change my mind if it would mean that I could run one in a really awesome spot like Antarctica. This half a marathon has been run annually since 1995 and costs about $300 per participant. More information on this can be found here.
- The best time to visit is in the summer when the daylight is extended and the weather is warmer.
- You can see Antartica in one of two ways. One would be a flight that takes you over the continent that departs from Australia. The other would be a cruise or a boat. Both are fairly expensive so be sure to save up!
- Bring some thin gloves along with you as it is easier to take pictures with them.
- Bring a bunch of warm socks and get a larger boot size as you will be wearing multiple pairs.
- Camera batteries will die a bit faster due to the cold weather so pack/prepare accordingly.
- If you go by boat, have some sea-sickness medication packed as it will get rough at times.
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