For many travelers, Antarctica is more than just a vacation — it’s the journey of a lifetime. Viewed as one of Earth’s last great frontiers, it is a place so far removed from modern society that you won’t find countries or cities, cellular service or any permanent (human) residents.
It’s little wonder, then, that despite boasting a growing number of reputable tour companies, Antarctica remains visited by so few. In fact, an estimated 30,000 travelers make the trek each year — almost half the number of people in Disney’s Magic Kingdom in a single day.
Getting to Antarctica isn’t without its challenges. It’s costly (though many companies offer flash sales and last-minute deals to help reduce the price), you can only go from November to March, and the weather turns on a dime.
But to be in the south polar region is to experience something otherworldly. Imagine standing before colossal icebergs six stories tall, being so close to whales you’ll hear them breathe and, of course, marching with penguins. You’ll have the chance to follow in the footsteps of famous explorers while creating your own unique experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Intrigued? Let’s take a journey through Antarctica’s astonishing sites and surprises, because you never know what you’ll encounter at the end of the world…