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Once upon a time, Antarctica and Latin America were one. Then, 70 million years ago, the opening of the Drake Passage kick-started the separation of Antarctica from the rest of the southern hemisphere land mass. Later, the final break with Australia completed the isolation, and created a new, soon-to-be ice-smothered, continent.

Antarctica has a dazzling display of larger-than-life landscapes, a kaleidoscope of colours and a symphony of sounds. Along the shores and among the hauntingly beautiful bergs and glaciers thrives a vociferous, agitated, sometimes violent, always entertaining wildlife. Penguins in their hundreds of thousands, seals, whales and a huge variety of bird-life breed, wheel, feed and die here. In the translucent light of a never-ending day visitors can watch them, walk among them, film them, and listen to their plaintive cries.

Nowadays it doesn’t have to be just a case of staring boggle-eyed as the Antarctic drama unfolds. A growing range of active adventures such as camping, hiking and kayaking give visitors a thrilling, intimate experience in the snow and ice.

Our holidays to Antarctica

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Icebergs in Antarctica

Antarctica: Ross Sea and the Far Side

Private journey

35 days from £17,321pp

Sunset over Ice

Patagonia, the Chilean fjords and Antarctica expedition cruise - 12 Nov 2016

Private journey

22 days

King penguins

Antarctica Wildlife: Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula

Private journey

24 days from £13,028pp

Emperor Penguin

Antarctica: In search of the Emperor penguin

Private journey

15 days from £6,958pp

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Our insider tips for Antarctica

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Taking your first steps on the continent at Paradise Bay. On a good-weather day the glass-like water is calm and silky, the white continent rising up behind the shore, and there’s not a breath of wind. The sun shines brightly and the sky is a deep cobalt blue.

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Landing at Whalers’ Bay on Deception Island, an active volcano you access through its open caldera. The many haunting vestiges  of the island’s past industry-- the whaling station, the sealer’s communal huts, the wooden grave-markers.
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Cruising around the icebergs in Zodiacs and spotting close up leopard seals and humpback whales, maybe with their calves. They can pass under your boat and come up breaching almost close enough to touch.

David

David Nichols

Swimming in the Antarctic Ocean! It’s a bit like trying to dip your toe into a piping hot bath while someone throws iced water at you.

 

What our experts say

One of the highlights of my Antarctic cruise was spotting a mother and her calf swimming alongside the boat. Every few minutes you could see them diving down to the deep with their great tails held up in the air, catching the sunlight before disappearing into the glittering Antarctic waters. You couldn’t help but wonder how a mammal so huge could possibly be so graceful.

David

David Nichols

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