Is Civilian Travel to Antarctica Possible?

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Antarctica, known as the world’s “Seventh Continent,” is the great unknown for most people who love to travel. Hardly anyone has ever visited this snowy, frozen expanse located at the bottom of the Earth, and most people assume that it’s off-limits for normal civilian travelers.

However, did you know that it is, in fact, possible to make a trip to Antarctica?

There are, in fact, opportunities for anyone who is interested to take a trip to the southernmost continent! These voyages are set up by companies such as Quark and National Geographic who use exploration vessels to take between 75 and 200 people on voyages.

These trips typically leave from Ushuaia, Argentina and cross the Drake Passage before arriving at the Antarctic Peninsula. These trips take place between October and March, when there is plentiful, almost 24 hour sunshine in the area.

On these trips, you’ll get to see some of the wildest and most unique sights on the planet. From spotting penguins and whales to going on a mini Zodiac boat, reaching the ice, and hiking or camping on the land, this sort of expedition is an experience that you will not soon forget.

Would you be interested in traveling to Antarctica?