Things To Do In Antarctica

Antarctica is untouched, majestic, and magical. While you might not think there is much to do there being that no one lives there permanently, you'll be surprised at this list. You read that right, get out and go camping. Many groups that do trips to Antarctica will provide (weather pending) opportunities to go camping. Depending on the outfitter you could be in tents. Or like I was, in a hole, we dug into the snow. Sleeping outside in Antarctica might seem crazy, but it was THE highlight of my trip. Plus it's one of my 40 things I want to do before I turn 40. Depending on where your trip to the 7th continent is, camping might happen on one of the many islands or on the continent itself. Be prepared to listen to carving glaciers and potential visits from penguins throughout the night. To be honest, I didn't get a great nights sleep. But it was one of the best nights of my life!
If you're an avid runner, you can now run a marathon on all 7 continents with this epic marathon. Called the Ice Marathon and organized by Global Running Adventures, this race, usually run in December each year when the weather in Antarctica is at it's best, actually begins in Chile. From Punta Arenas, participants fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica for the race the following day. Whale watching in Antarctica is a real treat. You'll have opportunities to see 8 different species of whales including: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Orcas, Minke Whales, Right Whales, Sei Whales, and Sperm Whales. To see these amazing animals, spend some time, if you're on an Antarctic cruise, up in the bridge. There will be times each day, in good weather, where the Captain will open the bridge. It makes for amazing viewing for potential whale sightings. If the bridge isn't open, bundle up and head outside on deck. To help you in spotting whales bring a pair of binoculars with you on your trip.
When visiting Antarctica, you have no idea how many penguins you'll see until you're sitting in the snow and completely surrounded by hundreds of penguins. And no, that is not an exaggeration. Visitors to Antarctica will mostly see Gentoo penguins. They are everywhere, and live where most ships from Argentina visit the continent. At our first stop upon arrival to Antarctica I went mountaineering. I was able to get up close and personal with some Chinstrap penguins. Other penguins that live in Antarctica are Adélie, Emperor, King, Macaroni, and Rockhoppers. Some of these penguins are location and seasonally specific. If you want to see a certain species of penguin during your time in Antarctica, do some research as to where they might be and the season they’re around.
The Lemaire Channel is only 6.8 miles long, but is still considered one of the highlights of any trip to Antarctica. This gateway to the southern part of the Antarctic Peninsula spans between Booth Island and the actual Peninsula. At it’s most narrow point (2,296 feet) you’ll feel close to this majestic landscape. Photographing this area from a ship cruising through the channel will result in picturesque landscapes and reflections of the nearby now and ice in the mirror still water. If you’re going to do a Polar Plunge I can’t think of a more epic place to do it than in the icy cold waters of Antarctica. Since my ship was filled with 50 adventurous women, the majority of us ended up braving the icy water. Bring a pair of water shoes and a swimsuit, and take the plunge for yourself. Sure the water is going to be unbeleivably cold, but you’ll get numb pretty quickly and forget all about it. What have you got to loose?