PlanetHop! loves a good challenge and, when it comes to travel, there's no greater challenge than a trip to Antarctica. When we say challenging, we're not necessarily talking about something physical or mental, but more from a lifestyle point of view. Just getting down to the "bottom of the world" is a huge commitment of time and money and not something to be taken lightly. However, it also offers a travel experience that is absolutely unequalled in the world today. Imagine walking in the footsteps of such famous Antarctic explorers as Shackleton and Mawson, who carved out a trail through the tundra straight into the annals of history. A visit to Antarctica will place you in perhaps the most elite travel club of all, as only about 100,000 people have ever visited this remote and pristine continent. And to be perfectly honest, checking off that elusive continent #7 is only something the most die-hard PlanetHopper! will ever do. So, if you're up to the challenge, read on...
Antarctica is an immense, untamed white wilderness that is a paradise for marine life such as blue whales, orcas, colossal squids, fur seals, reindeer, and millions and millions of penguins. There are majestic mountains, glaciers, and icebergs at every turn. The number of things to see here will surprise you. Highlights include the Lemaire Channel, one of the most visited places in Antarctica. This narrow strait cuts through sheer ice cliffs and snow-topped mountain peaks, where glacial calving is common and penguin colonies and basking seals crowd the coastline. South Georgia and South Shetland Islands are a collection of many small islands, where penguins and sea birds carpet the landscape and is the ideal spot for Zodiac excursions to get a closer view. McMurdo Sound is a place of polar winds and pristine icebergs and awesome vistas. You can trek across the vast Ross Ice Shelf and discover new shades of blue. A journey to the "last continent" many be expensive and not so easy to get to, but the experience will be unforgettable.
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