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Best Things To Do In Antarctica: Tourist Attractions

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.

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Admiring the View of the Penguins in Port Lockroy, Argentina

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.

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Surrounded By Penguins in Antarctica

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!

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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.


{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Mica Ivealis September 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

These all sound like amazing things to do. Penguins? I’m there. Bookmarking this page for sure.


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Marcello September 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

ok thanks!


Bob October 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Im a person who wants to explore antartica.


nalin solanki November 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

good information and pictures. little used for my daughter’s project.


chinmay panda November 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

just luv dis website.the pics n d information are really written well


Pedro January 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I dont know how people like to go to Antarctica?


Marcello January 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

It’s an amazing place Pedro


Emmanuel Schurmann July 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I can’t wait to be there!! Looks amazing thanks for sharing really cool article!


alejandro March 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

when i was just a little ninjo, i saw a penguin and it flew from Antarctica, i gave it a paella because y’know, they have a passion for seafood! it flew back and i promised myself “one day i will go to Antarctica and i will find my penguin friend benny and i will give him another paella, with more paprika, because he will like it” and we will ride into the sunset together hand in hand…


bundokaholics June 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

dafuq’s with Alejandro? lols. i want to visit antartica and be there as a part of an iceberg cracks and falls off. or visit the highest mountain there.


eliott July 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

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Alexander Scoggins September 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

it was so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL JK………


abby October 16, 2013 at 2:07 am

I used this website for my Antarctica assignment. Love the website!! I so want to go to antarctica now.


abby October 16, 2013 at 2:08 am

What is the highest mountain in Antarctica? anybody know??


Alejandro's wife November 30, 2013 at 3:49 am

My little ninjo i miss my benny too! I will bring enough paella for all of us to share!


Evan V January 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

I think this website is great because it has loads of penguins in and I love penguins O can name every penguin just by how it looks my favorite has got to be the rock hopper penguin do you get them in Antarctica


Marcello January 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Don’t think they get the Rock Hopper penguin


Archie January 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

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Harry January 24, 2014 at 5:09 am

Do you get wifi in Antarctica?


Marcello January 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

It is satellite internet and very slow but yes it is available


wierdo January 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

cool stuff guys


Kara April 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Hi I would like to receive the lists of Antarctica cruises Thanks !!!


Marcello April 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

Sign up for the email list Kara


Lauren May 26, 2014 at 4:18 am

Thanks for this wonderful sharing. I have been visited this region a month ago after my us west coast tours with my brother. We have a lot of fun there. It is one of the most infamous water channels in the world. It is an important rite of passage for many visitors to Antarctica. It is located between the southern tip of South America and the South Shetland Islands.


NK July 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for the list!! So how do I go about doing this? Should I just email some of the people and ask them if they have last minute deals on cruises? I should definitely do this before I get to Ushuaia right?


Marcello July 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Yes NK email them


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