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.
The wilderness of Antarctica offers spectacular scenic vistas, from ice
tongues on the ocean to ice walls and frozen lakes. From colours and shadows
cast by the movement of the sun, the towering walls of snow and ice, extensive
fast-ice1 extending across the ocean, there is
plenty of opportunities for some magnificent photography, even for the amateur. So make sure you bring your
camera to capture those memories of a lifetime.
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