One of the great tourism frontiers for travellers, explorers and
adventurers is Antarctica, Earth's southernmost continent. Located in the
Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, it is home to the geographic South
Pole. This remote region is popular with tourist seeking an experience that is
different and memorable.
Whilst there are tours that can fly to Antarctica, many visitors prefer the
experience of reaching Antarctica by ship, with a
number of operators available dependent on your route. The best times for
visiting the Antarctic Peninsula is usually between mid-November and early
March. East Antarctica is less accessible, with the best time to visit being
late December to March.
For those travelling on the Marina Svetaeva, they use Zodiac inflatables with
their outboard motors to get you from the ship to where ever takes your fancy.
Some of the dramatic backdrop to the freezing waters from being surrounded by
floating ice to coastline devoid of snow, but rest assured it is still very
Australian Government -
Australian Antarctic Division website lists
Australian tour operators for the Antarctic. For those planning to include
Macquarie Island World Heritage Area, information is available from the
Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service.
Many thanks to Jennifer Cooke for sharing the story and images of
the wonderful tour she went on with Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica.
Source: Images courtesy of Jennifer Cooke