Antarctica

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SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN ANTARCTICA.

Antarctica is a continent of superlatives: the driest, coldest, highest, brightest, windiest place on earth. As an experience, it’s also the wildest and the purest.

—— IMAGE GALLERY

Antarctica map
AREA  5.4 MILLION SQUARE MILES

SEASON  NOVEMBER TO MARCH

ANNUAL VISITORS  UNDER 40,000

ALTITUDE AT SOUTH POLE  9000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL

VISITOR ARRIVALS FROM SOUTH AMERICA  98 PERCENT

PORTION OF EARTH’S FRESH WATER IN ANTARCTIC ICE  90 PERCENT

TREATY NATIONS  53

Although the environment can be harsh, during the Austral Summer Antarctica teems with life. Between November and February, visitors can closely observe dolphins, whales, seals, and penguins.

Antarctica Cruise

The scenery here is breathtaking. Jagged vertical peaks, ancient ice floes, and colors ranging from black to green, to deep blue. In Antarctica, the golden hours are prolonged; dawn and dusk are often bathed in orange, red, and gold.

Weddell Seal Antarctica

Crossing the Drake is a rite of passage—a tribute that adds to the sense of camaraderie and anticipation. It’s an adventure, and it heightens the sense of connection to the first explorers. Air-cruise options are available, allowing visitors to fly over the Drake, bypassing the nearly 50-hour journey by ship.

Antarctica Sunset

LANDED has direct relationships with Antarctic cruise, charter, air, and lodge operators. We’ll help you sift through the options to help you find the perfect match. We can also plan your pre and post-Antarctic travel. Give us a call. We’ll get you on your way.

ANTARCTICA WILL ASTOUND YOU.

“Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It’s like going to the moon.”

—Jon Krakauer

—— ALBUMS & STORIES

ACTIVITIES IN ANTARCTICA

ANTARCTIC ANIMALS

ANTARCTICA ADVENTURE GUIDE

ANTARCTICA EXPRESS: ONE OR TWO DAY PROGRAMS

ANTARCTICA LODGING & CAMPING

ANTARCTICA TRAVEL ALBUM

ANTARCTICA TRAVEL INSURANCE

ANTARCTICA: AN EXPLORER’S VIEW

FLIGHTS TO ANTARCTICA

—— CRUISES

HEBRIDEAN SKY
HONDIUS

ISLAND SKY

JANSSONIUS

MAGELLAN EXPLORER

NAT GEO EXPLORER

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION

OCEAN ADVENTURER
OCEAN ENDEAVOUR
OCEAN NOVA
ORTELIUS
PLANCIUS

SEA SPIRIT

SEAVENTURE

SILVER CLOUD

SILVER EXPLORER

ULTRAMARINE

FAQs

When should I visit Antarctica?

Antarctic wildlife is most active during the Austral summer (November to February). Wildlife are also active in the islands near Antarctica (the Sub-Antarctic Islands) during October and March.

These months—October to March—are the ideal time for an Antarctic adventure.  Most cruises operate in Antarctica only during this time.

We have created a guide with additional information on each month’s weather, special considerations, and wildlife activity.

Want to know which options are right for your Antarctica vacation? Speak with one of our Antarctica travel experts today, at 801.582.2100.

How do I visit Antarctica?

More than 90% of travel to Antarctica is conducted through South America. Far fewer travelers make their way via New Zealand or South Africa. For that reason, most Antarctic travelers extend their time in South America, visiting Patagonia, the wine country of Chile or Argentina, and cities such as Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Are you considering a vacation in the Antarctica? Overwhelmed by choices? How would you like to have all your questions answered by an Antarctica travel expert–someone who knows the territory?

Most of our clients leave the travel logistics to us. Doesn’t that sound better? Speak with one of our Antarctica travel experts today, at 801.582.2100.

Can I fly to Antarctica?

Yes, you can fly to Antarctica. We’ve summarized many of the details in this article.

Some cruise operators charter flights from southern Chile to one of the islands in the South Shetlands. Sometimes the return to South America is by air as well (although sometimes by sea).

LANDED also charters private flights from southern Chile to the South Shetlands and, for special purposes , to mainland Antarctica.

Want help sifting through the Antarctica travel options? Overwhelmed by the choices? Speak with one of our Antarctic experts today, at 801.582.2100.

How can I cross the Drake Passage?

Crossing the Drake Passage (the famously turbulent stretch of water between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica) can be done in two ways:

  • By aircraft (and then transferring to a private charter vessel or an expedition ship)
  • By ship to and from South America

More and more of our clients travel to Antarctica by air, flying from southern Chile to one of the islands in the South Shetlands.

Still, the majority of our clients choose to travel by ship, usually embarking from and returning to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. We love this option, and compiled a list of 10 reasons why crossing the Drake by sea is worthwhile.

Some cruise operators also offer a one-way flight, one-way sailing itinerary.

Want an Antarctica travel expert to help you sort through the options? Overwhelmed by the idea of creating and managing the perfect Antarctic vacation for your family or group? Speak to one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100.

What cruises go to Antarctica?

LANDED works with the best ships operating in the Antarctic region. We keep a list of favorites here. We favor smaller ships (100 to 200 passengers, with a preference for the lower end of that range) that emphasize on-the-ground experiences.

Are you considering a vacation in the Antarctica? Overwhelmed by choices? How would you like to have all your questions answered by an Antarctica travel expert–someone who knows the territory?

Want help sifting through the Antarctica travel options? Overwhelmed by the choices? Speak with one of our Antarctic experts today, at 801.582.2100.

Where can you stay in Antarctica?

Most visitors to the Antarctic region live aboard ship, and taking regular excursions to the mainland and nearby islands by Zodiac.

However, it is possible to stay on land (in a lodge or even in a tent) in the South Shetland Islands and on mainland Antarctica.

Are you considering a vacation in the Antarctica? Overwhelmed by choices? How would you like to have all your questions answered by an Antarctica travel expert–someone who knows the territory?

We’d love to meet you. The expert travel planners at LANDED have been helping clients experience the Antarctic since 2006. We’ve got you. Speak with one of our Antarctica experts today, at 801.582.2100.

Are there hotels in Antarctica?

There are lodges and camps, but no true hotels for leisure travelers. However, it is possible to stay on land (in a lodge or even in a tent) in the South Shetland Islands and on mainland Antarctica.

Curious about the options for visiting Antarctica? We know the territory, and have helped plan travel to the Antarctic since 2006. Speak with one of our Antarctica travel experts today, at 801.582.2100.

What can you do in Antarctica?

Antarctica is one of our favorite destinations for landscapes, wildlife, and adventure. Zodiac cruises, wildlife observation, hiking, snowshoeing, and photography are some of the most popular activities in Antarctica.

For adventure seekers, the options include kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, SCUBA, skiing, mountaineering, and helicopter tours.

We’ve compiled a guide to these activities for our clients. LANDED has been helping travelers make the most of their Antarctic adventures since 2006.

Are you considering a vacation in the Antarctica? Overwhelmed by choices? How would you like to have all your questions answered by an Antarctica travel expert–someone who knows the territory? 

When is the best time to see animals in Antarctica?

The best time to see wildlife in Antarctica is from October to early April—the Austral Summer season. We’ve created a guide to Antarctica’s wildlife for our clients.

Are you considering a vacation in the Antarctica? Overwhelmed by choices? How would you like to have all your questions answered by an Antarctica travel expert–someone who knows the territory?

We’d love to meet you. The expert travel planners at LANDED have been helping clients experience the Antarctic since 2006. We’ve got you. Speak with one of our Antarctica experts today, at 801.582.2100.

What animals can you see in Antarctica?

It’s not just penguins, and (we know that you know) there are no polar bears or reindeer. Antarctica has many more bird species than you might expect. But some of our favorite species are marine mammals: whales, dolphins, and seals.

We’ve created a guide to Antarctica’s wildlife for our clients. LANDED has helped travelers make the most of their Antarctic adventures since 2006.

Want to visit the Antarctic? Speak with one of our Antarctica experts today, at 801.582.2100.

Is Antarctica good for kids?

For children age 12 and up, Antarctica can be a fantastic experience. The landscapes, the adventure, and the wildlife are especially magical to young eyes.

During navigations, many Antarctic cruises include presentations by ornithologists, photography coaches, geologists, adventurers, marine biologists, and historians. Meeting these experts and learning from them in Antarctica is a rich experience.

Young travelers may also be eligible to participate in soft adventures such as helicopter tours, snowshoeing, camping, and kayaking.

Want an Antarctica travel expert to help you sort through the options? Overwhelmed by the idea of creating and managing the perfect Antarctic vacation for your family or group? Speak to one of our expert travel planners, parent to parent, today at 801.582.2100.

How old do kids have to be to visit Antarctica?

Most Antarctic cruise operators have a minimum age of 12 or 14 years. Passengers need to be able to follow orders precisely and participate in safety drills. Private charter cruises are another matter, and are usually open to travelers of any age, with additional supervision.

Want to know which options are right for your Antarctica vacation? Speak with one of our Antarctica travel experts today, at 801.582.2100.

What should I pack for Antarctica?

We have created a detailed packing list for our clients. Travel to Antarctica is serious business. Having the wrong gear can limit or eliminate your ability to participate in the available options.

Are you considering a vacation in the Antarctica? Felling overwhelmed by all the choices? How would you like to have all your questions answered by an Antarctica travel expert–someone who knows the territory?

Most of our clients leave the travel logistics to us. Doesn’t that sound better? Speak with one of our Antarctica travel experts today, at 801.582.2100.

What insurance is needed for Antarctica?

Although insurance requirements vary by cruise operator, the three most commonly required forms of insurance are:

  1. Travel insurance;
  2. Medical insurance; and
  3. Medical evacuation insurance.

We have prepared an Antarctica Insurance Guide for our clients. Are you considering a vacation in the Antarctica? Overwhelmed by choices and complexities? How would you like to have all your questions answered by an Antarctica travel expert–someone who knows the territory?

Want help sifting through the Antarctica travel options? Overwhelmed by the choices? Speak with one of our Antarctic experts today, at 801.582.2100.

We’d love to meet you. The expert travel planners at LANDED have been helping clients experience the Antarctic since 2006. We’ve got you. Speak with one of our Antarctica experts today, at 801.582.2100.

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