Why visit Antarctica?

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Before travelling to Antarctica many people asked me why I would want to go there. Was it to see polar bears or the northern lights? Did I want to freeze to death No, that’s not why I wanted to go. Antarctica is the southernmost continent and has no bears, no igloos or Eskimos, and the weather is reasonable in the Antarctic summer.

I went for some of the following reasons, but perhaps some of them may also apply to you if you are interested in heading all the way south:

    • For the same response that Edward Mallory provided a NYT reporter in 1924 when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest: “Because it’s there
    • To visit the 7th continent which remained undiscovered until the 18th century, and still has remained largely unexplored to this day.
    • To visit the “coldest, windiest, driest, highest, quietest. most remote, and least understood continent on Earth” (Martin Glassner)

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    • To navigate by ice, glaciers and massive blue and white icebergs – the continent holds 90% of Earth’s ice, 70% of Earth’s fresh water

  • To use that serene, beautiful, peaceful and quiet place for personal discovery and reflection

  • To fulfill my curiosity of this majestic, white continent
  • To visit the last greatest wilderness on Earth
  • To see penguins. Thousands of penguins

  • And have a first hand account of what Guano is all about…
  • See seals

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  • And with any luck humpback whales

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  • Do the Polar Plunge – if you dare!

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  • See the midnight lit-up sky in summer
  • Camp on the ice

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  • Ski, climb, kayak, snow-shoe or take part in other activities that your expedition vessel offers
  • To perform or learn about the great research others are doing on climate change, the wildlife, impact of whalers and fisheries, geology and other scientific fields
  • And more reasons which we can discuss over coffee…

If you’d like to visit Antarctica you can book from a range of itineraries from various suppliers like G Adventures. Check them out here.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.
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Zaid is an intrepid traveler from South Africa that has traveled to all 7 continents. He loves to explore new destinations, experience new activities and go off the beaten path.

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