WILDEST PLACES TO VISIT IN ANTARCTICA ON AN EXPEDITION CRUISE

Love is in the air for the 100,000 pairs of Chinstrap penguins. It’s late November –  they have returned from the sea to woo and breed.

Antarctica’s penguins are perhaps the most endearing sight on the White Continent. But the lure of Antarctica goes beyond the tuxedoed crowd. The scenery is also nothing short of mind-blowing.

A cruise is how you visit Antarctica – preferably on a small expedition ship. And it’s an understatement to say an Antarctic cruise is a trip of a lifetime.

Drake Passage

Before you can set foot on the earth’s largest wilderness area, you have to get there. That means two days crossing the infamous Drake Passage, from the tip of South America to Antarctica.

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South Shetland Islands

They appeared as snow-capped black lava outcroppings. It is popular with people (expedition cruise ship visitors), and popular with penguins.

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Deception Island

One of the best places to visit for its history and variety of experiences. The ring-shaped island – a sea-filled caldera of an active volcano – offers a natural harbor with a narrow entry.

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Baily Head

Baily Head also has a “penguin highway” – where thousands of penguins head downhill to the sea and thousands more waddle uphill to their nests.

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Whaler’s Bay

One of the most haunting Antarctica landmarks on our trip. Some 40,000 whales were butchered in this small bay in the early 1920s during the height of the whaling industry.

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