First View
Brown Bluff
Gourdin Island
Cierva Cove
Gerlache Strait
Danco Island
Lemaire Strait
Port Lockroy
S. Shetland Islands
Whalers Bay
Hannah Point


Sam's Exotic Travels to Antarctica - The Seventh Continent

So remote, so mysterious - the land of the South Pole is unlike anywhere else.  Like many other travelers, it was the last of the 7 continents visited - and the frozen continent was well worth the costs to visit, and I hope my impressions give you a better sense of this remotest place on earth.

Here's what Lonely Planet has to say:

"No place on earth compares to this vast white wilderness distilled to an elemental haiku: snow, ice, water, rock. Antarctica is simply stunning. The enormity of its ice shelves and mountain ranges invariably heightens feelings of humanity’s insignificance and nature’s grandeur. Antarctica’s peculiar beauty may haunt you for the rest of your days. Even the trip over, crossing the Southern Ocean is an experience – with no landmass, low-pressure systems circle clockwise unimpeded, eventually reaching incredible speeds. The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic are often included in a trip to Antarctica

Because the continent has never had a native population – even today, scientists and other staff members at research stations are only temporary residents – Antarctic wildlife is still unafraid of people. Well-behaved visitors usually elicit no more than disinterested yawns from seals and penguins focused on rearing their young and evading predators. The human reaction is exactly opposite: almost all visitors to Antarctica find that their experiences here exceed their expectations.

Everyone – scientist, support worker, government official and tourist alike – who comes to this, the most isolated continent, must ‘earn’ Antarctica, either by making an often-difficult voyage or a costly flight. Ice and weather, not clocks or calendars, determine the itinerary and the timetable of all travel here."


Iceberg off Antarctic Peniinsula  Antarctica Peninsula Viewed from Gerlache Strait  Iceberg in Cierva Cove, Antarctica  Gentoo Penguin, Hannah Point, Shetland Islands

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