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The ‘White Continent’ of Antarctica is nature at its most extreme, most inhospitable yet most beguiling. Taking an expedition ship through the inky abyss of the Antarctic is unlike any other experience. The excitement of discovering a land where few have been and few will have the opportunity to visit, largely untouched by humans and ruled by wildlife and the elements. You will see colonies of penguins, majestic glaciers calving into the ocean, pods of whales, sea ice on an unbelievable scale and majestic fjords.
It often surprises people to learn that Antarctica is the world’s largest desert. The amount of precipitation is a key qualifying characteristic of a desert, and some parts of the continent haven’t seen rain or snow for over two million years! For the record, the second largest desert is the Arctic, with the Sahara a poor third). It has no reptiles and no indigenous peoples, but it does have the world’s southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus, that sends out ice crystals during periods of activity.
Follow in the footsteps (icy wake?) of one of the greatest explorers of all time, Sir Ernest Shackleton. His expedition to cross Antarctica, which incidentally left London just a few days after the outbreak of WW1, had to be abandoned when his ship, Endurance, was lost to the unforgiving ice. That was when his adventures really started. Shackleton showed leadership and courage on an epic scale as he took on Mother Nature – and won, along with all members of his expedition. Pack ice that crushed all in its path, severe cold, debilitating hunger, terrifying katabatic winds, high seas, icy mountains and glaciers that no man had set foot on before – Shackleton emerged victorious after battling all these fearsome adversaries.
Shackleton is buried on South Georgia, a port of call for many voyages to Antarctica, where he died en route to his third Antarctic expedition. He was only 47. This lonely outpost is also the scene of the most southerly battle, in 1982 when British troops were sent to liberate the island from Argentinian invaders.
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Discover Antarctica Onboard Hurtigruten’s New MS Roald Amundsen Ship
This 22-day unique voyage will take you through Antarctica, visiting some of the most incredible places on earth, keeping watch for whales, seals, porpoising penguins, and giant icebergs!
Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into the sea, penguins are dwarfed by soaring peaks, and humpback and minke whales feast on abundant krill. Reduce your time on the high seas by flying at least one way across the Drake Passage
This expedition journey to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula offers the chance to set foot on the ultimate frontier and discover towering icebergs, stunning scenery and an array of wildlife.
The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour.
Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands.
On this amazing adventure you will experience South America, Patagonia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. See penguins, seals and whales, take hikes on the frozen continent and kayak among icebergs.
Celebrate a spectacular Christmas! From Ushuaia, cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands.
This expedition takes you to the beauty of the South American coast and on to magical Antarctica. Visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world, see the rich wildlife of Patagonia, the Chilean fjords and Cape Horn before the highlight of the journey, Antarctica.
Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, colonies of penguins and pods of whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories.
Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, flocks of penguins and whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories.
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