Believe it or not, but you can actually visit one of the most incredible places in the entire world: Antarctica. This is a place that anyone should visit given the chance and I wanted to talk a bit more about a place that will remain special to me until the day I leave this earth. So read on to find out about my most memorable holiday destination.
How do you get there?
Getting to Antarctica is no easy feat, but there are a few different ways to get to the frozen continent. The most common way is to take a cruise ship and these normally leave from Ushuaia, which is located in Argentina. There are also other places in Argentina and South American countries where you can travel from, but these are much fewer in number compared to Ushuaia. The cruise ships will all travel across the Drake Passage, which is the body of water between Antarctica and South America. It is also possible to fly to Antarctica or go on a private yacht, but these are nowhere near as popular and are probably something that you would only read about..
How long can you go for
Most cruises last from 10 days to 3 weeks in length. I went on a cruise that was two weeks long, but I do wish that I got to see a little bit more. I think the longer you can go for the better and this is important because crossing the Drake Passage takes about 2 days anyway, so this is something that I should have factored in when I took my trip.
When can you go?
Going to Antarctica is only possible during the summer months and this is because between March and October there is complete darkness that covers the entire continent. This would make it impossible to travel there and there wouldn’t be anything to see anyway.
What can you see there
Antarctica is without a doubt one of the most unique places on the entire planet and you will therefore see a diverse mix of plants (not in the traditional sense), animals and scenery.
Plantlife – because it is such a cold and harsh place, the only plants that can possibly survive in Antarctica are mosses and lichens. These are not your average plants and interestingly a lot of these are extremely old too!
Wildlife – This is one of the biggest reasons to visit Antarctica, especially when you can see a huge variety of birds and sealife. These include many species of penguins, seals, whales and many other species of birds.
Landscape – this is something else that makes Antarctica totally unique, so much so that it is even a desert. The continent receives very little snow and this classifies it as a desert! There are also many other breathtaking features of the Antarctic landscape and one of my favourites is the huge icebergs that jut out of the sea. They say that “it is only the tip of the iceberg” but once you see one for yourself you won’t be able to believe the size of them. The landscape also has a number of other things to offer, such as glaciers and mountains.