A dozen members of our current staff have travelled to Antarctica, all returned enthused by the enormity of the scale and drama of the experience. We asked them to share some unique experiences that they think will become the highlight of your trip – quite a challenge as there were so many, but here is a selection of the best.
1. A dip in the sea ice
Swimming in the Antarctic Ocean will without a doubt be the most memorable moment of my trip. Immers yourself in the Antarctic water (albeit geothermally heated Antarctic water) might be slightly terrifying and inittially won't sound appealing but you'll be glad you did it. You might have thought Antarctica was all about penguins and ice but there’s so much more..."
2. A whale of a time
"We were out on zodiacs, cruising around the icebergs, when a female humpback whale and her calf swam close by. They passed under our boat and came fluking up, almost close enough to touch. Everyone immediately reached for their cameras, trying to get the best shot. I soon gave up trying to capture it on film and sat back to watch the magnificent creatures. Unforgettable."
Sophie Barber, Senior Travel Expert
3.The never ending day
"It never gets dark during the Antarctic summer. The sun sets, only to rise again a short while later. On the night we arrived in Antarctica we went out on the deck after dinner as the fading light turned the mountains, icebergs and ocean an incredible shade of purple. It seemed unreal, but in Antarctica everything was new. I remember never wanting to go to bed in case I missed something."
David Nichols, Product Manager
4. Where the peguin is king
"Volunteer Beach in the Falkland Islands is a pristine 3km-long white sand beach backed by a grassy bank and a deep blue lagoon. This stunning location is the year-round home to a noisy colony of about 500 pairs of strikingly beautiful king penguins and their fluffy brown chicks. Seeing the most elegant and photogenic of the penguin family up so close was made all the more magical for being one of only four tourists there."
Ben Line, Travel Consultant
Our Antarctic brochure is available to download or view as a PDF.