The Antarctic comprises the area called the South Pole and the continent of Antarctica along with island territories on the Antarctic plate and in the Southern Ocean. The stunning landscape of the Antarctic is like nowhere else in the world and trips there are particularly popular in the winter months when people are embracing the colder weather. People who visit this part of the world usually want to try something new and have a different experience to the typical beach holiday. Therefore, they are looking for something that allows them to admire their beautiful surroundings but also want the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary. Here are five of the top unique experiences in the Antarctic, each of which has something different to offer and will suit different people depending on what they want from their vacation.
1. Penguin Walking
For nature and wildlife lovers, penguin walking is a magical experience. It is a chance to combine taking in the sights of the Antarctic with getting close to adorable penguins in their natural habitat. A guide will take you to where the penguin colonies live and provide you with interesting information about these beautiful creatures and how they feed, breed, and survive in the harsh environment. The penguins have not been hunted in the Antarctic, so they are docile and unperturbed by the presence of humans. As a result, you will probably get closer to the penguins there than in any other environment in the world.
2. Antarctic Cruise
Anyone who wants to combine the beauty of the Antarctic with a luxurious experience might like to consider taking a cruise. On a small ship luxury cruise, you get all the comforts and amenities you would expect in modern accommodation while also becoming a part of the Antarctic scenery and enjoying the same sights as someone who is staying on land. There are some fantastic photo opportunities as you get close to the icebergs and wildlife. One example is the Hanse Explorer. This ship has a maximum capacity of just 12 and this helps to make it an intimate experience. Guests have access to exquisite food and cabins that are fitted to the highest standards.
3. The Antarctic by Air
Unless you are scared of heights or flying, seeing the Antarctic from a bird’s eye view will give you an entirely different perspective of the magnificence of the icy landscape. Not only is this a unique way to experience the Antarctic, it is a fantastic choice for those who do not want to spend a lot of time in Antarctica and just want the experience of seeing this amazing part of the world. Alternatively, it is a fun activity to combine with other activities as part of a vacation itinerary. Photography enthusiasts can take exceptional shots of the Antarctic landscape from this angle and each shot is completely unique as the landscape is ever changing.
4. Snow Camping
To get the complete experience of the Antarctic, you should really stay there overnight. As this is an undeveloped and unspoiled part of the world, there is really only one option. Those who wish to stay overnight will camp with a guide in tents that are designed to handle the harsh environment and weather conditions of the Antarctic. This means you can enjoy the wildlife and nature and experience the different elements of each day. There is nothing that quite compares to admiring the crystal clear skies above you while surrounded by penguins and icebergs. This type of excursion has only recently been made available to the public, so very few people have had this amazing opportunity.
5. Kayaking Between the Icebergs
If a vacation that incorporates outdoor activities is your idea of adventure, then a trip that includes kayaking between the icebergs is the perfect choice for you. Not only is this a fun activity to enjoy, it is also an unusual way to see the magnificence of the icebergs and to admire panoramic views. Another benefit of choosing this as your main vacation activity is that you can get up close and personal with the wildlife which includes penguins, seals, and whales. While this can be a vigorous activity, there is also the chance to relax a little and enjoy the tranquil waters.