Tourism in Antarctica is described to be exciting and adventurous. Many people who visit the continent wants to closely observe the wildlife of the region and at the same time experience the vast solitude that it offers. Guided tours have been offered by some of the biggest travel agencies and tourists operators. Among the activities that tourists may enjoy are camping, diving, kayaking and mountaineering, not to mention the various shipboard activities as provided by the cruise. The level of excitement is raised a notch once tourists land on the continent due to the remoteness, inaccessibility and severe climate that is purely Antarctica.
If you’re debating whether or not to visit the region, here are Exciting & Must-See Attractions in Antarctica that you may look into for reference of the amazing attractions that you may see and explore. Be ready for an exciting trip!!!
1. Aurora Australis
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A mesmerizing and dynamic display of light, the Aurora Australis is an amazing phenomenon that will surely take your breath away. It is the result of the solar particles striking the earth’s magnetic field.
2. Canada Glacier
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The Canada Glacier is a small glacier that receives less than 10 cm of snowfall annually. It is a desert ecosystem that contains some of the richest plant growth (bryophytes and algae) in the McMurdo Dry Valleys region.
3. Deception Island
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The caldera of an active volcano, Deception Island is a popular tourist destination due to its several colonies of chinstrap penguins, not to mention the possibility of making a warm bath by digging into the sands of the beach. Before the eruption, the island previously held a whaling station.
4. Drake Passage
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Drake Passage is a body of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It is regarded to be the shortest route to Antarctica by boat though many would describe it as having a violent, chaotic, and notorious weather conditions.
5. Iceberg Calving
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Also known as glacier calving or ice calving, the Iceberg Calving is the primary means of discharging ice from the Antarctic Ice Sheet into the Southern Ocean. Chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier are breaking off and is often accompanied by a loud cracking or booming sound. Despite being dangerous, witnessing such occurrence is amazing.
6. Jagged Mountain
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Attracting adventure travelers, professional photographers, and skilled mountaineers, the Jagged Mountain is a popular tourist destination that offers stunning views and challenging rough terrains. Among the favorite places to visit here are the Nunataks, the Razor and Fenrisk’s Jaw.
7. Lemaire and Neumayer Channels
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The Lemaire and Neumayer Channels are two popular passage in Antarctica that offers such a magnificent view. Small inflatable boats called Zodiac brings tourists here for a tour through the channels. Penguins and seals are seen in the area once you pass by as well as whales.
8. McMurdo Dry Valleys
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McMurdo Dry Valleys is regarded as one of the most extreme deserts and the driest place on the planet. This is the only place in Antarctica that is almost entirely snow free. A row of snow-free valleys, among its attraction highlights are the Lake Vida and the Onyx River, Antarctica’s longest river.
9. Mount Erebus
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Mount Erebus is Antarctica’s 2nd highest volcano and is the 6th highest ultra mountain on an island. One of the Volcanic Seven Summits, the volcano is closely monitored despite its remote location.
10. Observation Hill
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The Observation Hill is a 754-foot (230 m) hill that offers a spectacular view across the continent. A memorial cross was built at the top of the hill in dedication to Robert Falcon Scott’s party who died in the area.
11. Paradise Bay
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Paradise Bay is a harbor and a most visited area and ‘zodiac cruising’ in Antarctica. The harbor is protected by heavily glaciated mountains and ice cliffs. Aside from the serene scene, a highlight for many visitors are the glaciers and mountains that reflect beautifully in the water.
12. Port Lockroy
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Recognized for its historical importance, Port Lockroy is a natural harbor that was first used for whaling between 1911 and 1931. Today, Port Lockroy is a museum and post office operated by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust.
13. Transantarctic Mountain
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Transantarctic Mountain comprises a mountain range that extends across the continent from Cape Adare in northern Victoria Land to Coats Land. It is estimated as one of the world’s largest reserves where fossilized remains of primitive freshwater amphibian and reptiles were found.