Antarctica

Things to do in Antarctica :

  • Visit the Port Lockroy museum and get a glimpse of the history of what life was like in this remote area.
  • Enjoy some vodka at the Ukranian Vernadsky base bar.
  • Do a little shopping – Port Lockroy, the UK base, provided the most extensive shopping experience with a large gift shop of Antarctica souvenirs, but Vernadsky, the Ukranian base, boasts the Southernmost Souvenir Shop in the world!
  • Explore the ghost town of Whaler Bay on Deception Island.
  • Do some sea kayaking. Kayaking is the best thing about a cruise to Antarctica and the best way to get out on the still glassy water and see a completely different perspective.
  • Observe the adorableness of Antarctica’s penguins. It is home to 6 different species – Adelies, Chinstraps, Emperors, Gentoos, Macaronis and Rockhoppers.

Pictures of Antarctica :

Playful penguins, incredible icebergs and wondrous water – all of this awaits you in my Antarctica photo gallery.

See my Ultimate Antarctica Packing List

Antarctica packing is much more than just ensuring you have warm clothes!  Before you go, make sure you have all of these Antarctica items!

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