The things to do in Antarctica are some of the most unique things to do in the world. There aren’t many places where you can sit at arm’s length from a penguin, see some of the largest ice burgs in the world, and freeze your bum off at the same time.
There are many misconceptions about Antarctica including the fact that you don’t have to spend $10,000 for a cruise. Although most cruise ships go during the summer months, it isn’t as cold as you would expect in Antarctica.
I was walking around in a t-shirt the whole time! Through my trip to Antarctica I was able to obtain the list of last minute operators that offer last minute cruises for $3,500, sign up for the email list to the right or at the bottom of this post to receive the list!
Get Up Close & Personal With The Penguins:
The most popular tourist attraction in Antarctica, hands down. There aren’t too many places in the world where you can be at arm’s length from thousands of penguins. You can walk among the massive colonies and even see penguin chicks during the right time of year! Click here to read when a penguin jumped on my back.
Swim in Antarctica at Deception Bay
Deception Bay is actually a caldera of a volcano and the prime site for going swimming in Antarctica. The reason this site is chosen is because the water is generally warmer due to the volcano and also because the world’s largest Chin Strap Penguin Colony lives on the island.
Take a Zodiac Cruise In Antarcitca
A zodiac is a small boat where roughly 8-12 people are able to be taken inside some of the smaller passageways in Antarctica. You will be able to see icebergs up close and personal and if you are lucky, many different types of seals including leopard seals.
Send a Post Card from Antarctica: Port Lockroy
The national park in Tierra Del Fuego in Ushuaia claims to the have the southernmost post office in the world which is actually incorrect since there are post offices in Antarctica. The post office in Port Lockroy sits among a massive penguin colony and also picturesque icebergs. Don’t be surprised if it takes 2-3 months for your postcard to arrive!
View the Natural Beauty at the Lemaire Channel
There aren’t many places in the world like the Lemaire Channel. Due to shifting winds the channel may be blocked by icebergs but if you get the chance to see it your life will change forever. Snow capped mountains reflecting off the calm waters of the Antarctic will give you some of the best pictures on your trip.
Admire the Wildlife
There aren’t many places in the world that offer the kind of wildlife that Antarctica offers. In addition to penguins which are the main attraction, you can also view many different types of birds, seals, and whales.
Kayaking & Camping in Antarctica
When you reach some of the safer locations in Antarctica many tour operators offer both kayaking and camping. They both are quite pricey so make sure that you really love to do both if you decide to book the tour. With the zodiac cruise I didn’t think the kayaking was worth it. If it isn’t too cold you can definitely nestle up near or inside a penguin colony when you go camping.