Antarctica is probably one of the most untouched and unusual places in the world to visit. But what does it really have to offer the tourist?
Antarctica is the only permanent landing area for the Emperor Penguins. They spend their whole lives on Antarctica and its waters. Emperors are the only animal to spend the winter on the Antarctic ice
There are many species of whale found in Antarctic waters including Minke, Humpback, Blue, Sperm and Orca (killer whale). All Antarctic whales feed in the Southern Ocean in Antarctica’s summer months and then migrate long distances north to breed and give birth to their young during the winter.
Deception Island is an active volcano. It creates a unique landscape of volcanic slopes, steaming beaches and ash-layered glaciers. Because the island is the flooded caldera of an active volcano of the horse shoe shape of the island, it is possible to sail through Neptune’s Bellows right into the centre of the caldera, one of the few places it can be done! This is one of the top visitor attractions with visitors able to land at an abandoned whaling station or at Baily Head on the south east side of the island, an astonishing place with an estimated 100,000 chinstrap penguins.
Massive sheer cliffs with jagged peaks drop straight into the sea. The Lemaire channel has the Antarctic Peninsula on one side and Booth Island on the other. The channel is sometimes blocked by large icebergs which prevent boats getting through. This is a top tourist destination in Antarctica and because of its beauty it has been nicknamed “Kodak Gap.”
There are many icebergs that calve (break off) off the glacier at the Harbour’s head which produce beautiful shades of blue. You can see wildlife floating on the ice floes, such as penguins, seals and birds.