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Know Before You Go | Antarctica

Whether you're preparing for your upcoming Antarctica adventure or just want to learn more about journeying to the White Continent, we've got you covered. We've rounded up an array of helpful resources, from wildlife guides and packing tips to thrilling travel stories to fuel your excitement.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Antarctica? We've got answers! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about wildlife, our expedition yacht, climate and more.
Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

From vast penguin colonies to blubbery seals and breaching whales, learn about the incredible animals you'll see on a journey to Antarctica!
Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

On average, Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on the planet. Check out this month by month breakdown of average temperatures on the White Continent.
Packing List

Packing List

Our comprehensive packing guide covers everything you'll need for an Antarctica adventure, from fleece hats to boots and everything in between.
Travel Stories & Articles
Where Antarctica Penguins “Go,” Biodiversity Follows

Where Antarctica Penguins “Go,” Biodiversity Follows

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
"We often tend to think of marine and terrestrial realms as being separate, but this research shows that penguins and seals act as a sort of “ocean-to-earth conveyor belt,” bringing nutrients from the sea...
The Call of the Leopard Seal in Antarctica

The Call of the Leopard Seal in Antarctica

—By Sara Higgins
"The call echoed throughout the whole bay. We sat in our kayaks; still, eyes closed, barely breathing. A chill came over my whole body. It was the most beautiful, ethereal sound I’ve ever..."
Traveler Story: Paradise in Antarctica

Traveler Story: Paradise in Antarctica

—By Nat Hab Traveler Deborah Fischer
"A bank of fog lingered far off in the distance along the Antarctic Peninsula, leaving us with sunshine and blue skies on the morning of a day that would turn out to be one of the best of my life. We started..."
The Calm Before the Storm

The Calm Before the Storm

—By John Holahan
Standing on the ice of the Antarctic continent has brought on a new sensation. I’m pinned between the sublime and the magnificent, forced to reconsider everything I thought I knew about scale and grandeur...
Inside Antarctica: A Rare Glimpse of a Whale Breaching

Inside Antarctica: A Rare Glimpse of a Whale Breaching

—By Nate Small
As you get closer to Antarctica, usually your whale experiences come a little closer. The water is calmer and the whales in Antarctica are easier to see. Instead of just a plume of water, you might now see the back of the whale...
Antarctica: Discovery on the Black-and-White Continent

Antarctica: Discovery on the Black-and-White Continent

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
"In Antarctica—“the coldest, driest, windiest, and highest place on Earth”—I found manifestations of clarity that are rarely seen in the world that lies in the latitudes above. The water is so clear that the bases of icebergs..."
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