How To Visit Antarctica?

A Quick Guide to Visiting Antarctica

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

How to Visit Antarctica?

If you are asking yourself how to visit Antarctica, you’ve arrived at the right place. Read through some of the most common questions we get when planning a visit to Antarctica. 

How much vacation time do I need for Antarctica?

There are a few ways to get there. First, take into consideration the time it takes to get to the 7th Continent. Plan for two full weeks away and some buffer time in your arrival destinations, like Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile. It takes at least a full day of travel to Santiago, Chile, and then another four and half hour flight to get to Punta Arenas, the gateway to our air-cruise Antarctica expeditions. 

When is the best time to go to Antarctica?

The Antarctic travel season is during the Austral Summer, starting in November to the end of February. The most popular time to travel is during December and January, and it’s essential to book your trip in advance to get the dates you want. The other months often offer Antarctica wildlife and weather surprises, so you should consider traveling then as well. There is no wrong time to visit Antarctica; read here for a full overview of when to visit. 

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What is the right kind of Antarctica expedition for me?

There’s a lot to choose from when thinking about how to visit Antarctica. What kind of trip do you want to take, when you want to go to Antarctica, and how to get there.

If you’re short on vacation days or want to skip over the infamous Drake Passage, we suggest taking one of our Antarctica air-cruises. An air-cruise allows you to save on time getting to Antarctica with a short and comfortable 2-hour flight. With this flight, you also don’t have to worry about rough sea crossings.

We offer four types of air-cruises, each offering you something different for your Antarctica trip.

What should I consider when choosing an Antarctic cruise company?

Finding the right expedition to Antarctica also means looking into the value of your trip. Antarctica is one of the most remote travel destinations in the world. Getting there is an investment of time, energy, and, of course, money. Different companies have different models, but we believe that cruising Antarctica on a small ship adds value. 

  1. Guest to Guide Ratio: Antarctica expedition guides are some of the most exciting people around. Imagine spending your time in Antarctica with an expert in glaciers, snowshoeing with someone who has climbed Everest, or an Oceanographer who knows the secrets of migrating whales; that’s the crew who will travel with you. We have 12 guides per departure.  
  2. No Waiting in Line: The rules for landing in Antarctica only allow 100 people to disembark at once. Having a ship with only 75 guests on it means you don’t wait in a group to set foot on land; you just put your boots on and get outside. 
  3. Flexibility:  Antarctica is one place where you are totally at the whims of mother nature; that is part of the adventure. For Antarctica21, operating on a small scale affords us more flexibility, which is an operational advantage. For example, if there is inclement weather, we can react faster and move to a different daily plan quicker by being small. 

How do I prepare for travel to Antarctica?

Traveling to Antarctica also means planning your travel way ahead of time. International flights, visas, travel insurance – it’s all a part of the planning process. Here’s help on how to plan the perfect Antarctic expedition!

You will need clothing similar to ski gear and to think about how to pack light. If you are taking an air-cruise, there is a weight limit for baggage (including hand luggage) of 20 kg (44 Lb.). During the austral summer, the Antarctic Peninsula’s average temperature, where most Antarctica cruises sail, is about 0º C (32º F). But it may feel lower because of the wind chill factor.

For more planning advice, read our travel tips page here. Also, one of the best things you can do to prepare for Antarctica is to read the IAATO’s guidelines for visiting Antarctica. Find them here

Do you have more questions about how to travel to Antarctica? Let us know, and we will be happy to help you! 

How to Visit Antarctica? Sandra Walser in Antarctica, with Ocean Nova in the background

How to Visit Antarctica? Weddell seal in Antarctica, photo by Pelin

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