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In Polar Travel, choice of clothing can mean life or death

With temperatures like this, it is vital to be prepared. In fact, it is life threatening if you aren’t. My first impulse, when planning my journey...

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Protecting the heritage of Discovery Hut, Hut Point Antarctica

One building that became a testament to scientific endeavour is Discovery hut at Hut Point, on Ross Island. Discovery hut was Robert Falcon...

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Antarctica experiences

These are the things you can do or see::

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Antarctica wildlife

See the impressive array of wildlife you may encounter::

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Map of Antarctica

Antarctica cruise reviews

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Dale Jacobsen
Blue Ice
by Dale Jacobsen on Antarctica

I had waited a lifetime to do this trip. I hoped it would live up to my expectations. Well, it was so far above and beyond anything I had hoped for, two years later, I am still under its influence. Most likely...

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Pia Can't Stay Still
by Pia Can't Stay Still on Antarctica

Everything from food to ship facilities and expedition staff were above my expectations. my trip was to Antarctica on...

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Aadil Desai

Had the most memorable voyage of my life when we went to Antarctica on board the MV Ortelius, thanks so much to all...

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Daniel Phelps

In January, 2015 I visited the Antarctic Peninsula on Oceanwide Expedition's MV Plancius. Upon return to Ushuaia,...

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Antarctica FAQ

Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica is the fifth largest of the seven continents. Antarctica has two large indentations which are the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. The nearest continent is South America. The total surface of Antarctica is 14.2 Million square kilometres (about...


What is the time zone in Antarctica?

The time zone in Antarctica is the same as the time zone in New Zealand:  GMT + 12 hours. On regular Antarctic trips we operate in the same time zone as Ushuaia, Argentina: GMT – 3 hours. 


Is it dangerous to visit Antarctica?

No, the remote location, frozen landscape, and unpredictable weather can make tourism operations in Antarctica tricky, but Oceanwide Expeditions has the right experience, knowledge, and expertise to stay safe in the Antarctic. 


What is the climate at Antarctica?

Antarctica is the coldest and also the windiest continent in the world. The lowest temperature on Earth was recorded in Antarctica. There are three climatic regions in Antarctica: The interior of the continent: This is the extremely cold area of...


What is the Antarctic landscape like ?

Antarctica consists of two main areas. East Antarctica (Greater Antarctica) and West Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula). More than 98% of Antarctica is covered with ice. The land is covered with ice and snow. Antarctica’s two parts are separated by...


What kinds of plants and animals are there in Antarctica?

The vegetation at Antarctica is limited to around 350 species of mostly lichens, mosses, and algae. Various sea birds, seals, and penguins are often seen in Antarctica such as the Emperor Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Orcas, Humpback whales, Weddell Seals and...


About Antarctica

Antarctic Weather

Our Antarctic cruises take you to the coldest location on Earth, but along the coasts (where you’ll be while on one of our Antarctic cruises) temperatures can reach as high as 10°C during a very hot summer day. Expect temperatures just above freezing on a regular day.

Don’t know what clothing to bring? Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the information you need to keep comfortable as you travel to the Antarctic. 

Facts About Antarctica

  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe.

  • Since Antarctica experiences so little precipitation it is technically considered a desert.

  • The name “Antarctica” comes from a Greek phrase that means “opposite to north”.

  • Almost 62% of the fresh water ice found across the entire Earth is found in Antarctica. If all that ice melted the world’s oceans would rise about 60 metres.

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was at Vostok in the Antarctic on July 21, 1983. The thermometer dipped all the way down to -89.2°C. That is cold enough to shatter steel.

  • Despite the cold the biggest ever mass of living creatures was spotted in the Antarctic – a 10,000,000 tonne school of krill.

  • The first recorded and confirmed sighting of Antarctica was in 1820. It would take almost 100 years, until 1911, before a human being actually set foot on the continent.

Travel to Antarctica

An Antarctic cruise is an opportunity to visit an area of the Earth that has remained largely unchanged since the time when Aristotle first gave the world the idea of a Terra Australis.

Explorers get the chance to investigate one of the world’s densest concentrations of undisturbed animal life, visiting with the expert survivalists who make the continent their home – seals, whales, and all those penguins.

Our Antarctica cruises offer you an experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. You can investigate the wide variety of cruises to Antarctica on the dedicated Antarctica cruise page.