Destination-worthy Regions of Antarctica

For more than 15 years, the Polar Cruises staff has experienced and guided travelers through some of the most remote regions of the world. Antarctica, one of least traveled and least spoiled regions of the world, is home to an enormous array of wildlife, bird-life, and marine life found no where else on earth.

When thinking of Antarctica, many people think of expansive sheets of snow drifts and towering icebergs popping out of endless miles of sea. But there are numerous destinations within this region of the world for polar travelers enjoy, each one fulfilling a variety of traveler needs for wildlife, adventure, culture, and landscape.

South Georgia

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If you want to be blown away with an astonishing concentration of wildlife, then South Georgia is your Antarctic destination. With thousands of pattering penguins, nesting albatrosses, and fun-loving fur and elephant seals, South Georgia has more wildlife than practically anywhere on Earth.

South Georgia also has gorgeous landscape, with 7,000-foot mountain peaks, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands. You are likely to run out of camera space before you run out of wildlife pictures to take.

Falkland Islands

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Home to a massive penguin population of Rockhopper, Megellan, Gentoo, King, and Macaroni penguins, the Falkland Islands is well known for its wildlife colonies. Besides penguins, the Falkland Islands has the world's largest breeding population of Black-Browed Albatross, three species of seals, 15 species of whales and dolphins, and 200 species of birds. It is also breeding grounds for a variety of sea loins, elephant seals, and fur seals.

Beyond the wildlife, the Falkland Islands also has more than 160 flowering plant species native to the island, and a variety of unique insects, which includes the extremely rare Queen of the Falklands Fritillary butterfly.

Weddell Sea

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Though rarely visited because of heavy ice, the Weddell Sea is one of the most beautiful and remote regions of Antarctica. It is home to penguin rookeries, a variety of marine birds, and seal colonies.   For history buffs, the Weddell Sea is notable for the voyage of British Polar Explorer, Ernest Shackleton, who set out to be the first to cross Antarctica, from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea.

Ross Sea

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Also known as the “Gateway to Antarctica,” the Ross Sea is noted for its historical exploration during the Heroic Era. Sail the seas of explorers past, while taking in the awe-inspiring Ross Ice Shelf, snow-capped Mount Erebus volcano, dry valleys, historic huts, and science stations. The Ross Sea is also home to a large population of Adelie and Emperor penguins.

Sub-Antarctic New Zealand Islands

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Known as the “Galapagos Islands of Antarctica”, the sub-Antarctic New Zealand Islands are one of the few unspoiled destinations in the world, seldom traveled and little touched by humans. These islands, which include the Snares, Aucklands, Macquarie, Campbell, Antipodes, and Bounty Islands, are home to a rich variety of plants, seabirds, and marine life—many of which are found nowhere else on earth. Nine species of albatross breed here, as do eight species of penguin. You can also find the most rare species of sea lion, the Hooker Sea Lion, on both the Auckland and Campbell Islands.

If the unspoiled splendor of the Antarctic is something that you wish to experience first-hand, call Polar Cruises today and speak to a travel specialist who can personalize your polar vacation plans based on the Arctic or Antarctic destinations you want to see most.

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