Although Antarctica had been on my travel wish list for years, I did not know all the great things that can be done on a trip to Antarctica until I started researching my trip. Only then did I realize that a visit to Antarctica would be even more incredible that I had imagined and that there would be some many great things to do. Still not convinced? Here are 7 of the best things to do in Antarctica:
Get Close to Penguins
Antarctica is teeming with wildlife but the iconic penguins are my favorite. You will see so many penguins on a visit to Antarctica -they are everywhere and they are not afraid to get close to you. Penguins do not have any natural enemies on land (they do by water and air) so they are not afraid of humans. Although visitors are prohibited from approaching within 3 meters, it is perfectly fine to stand there and let the penguins approach you.
You will pass many icebergs floating in the middle of the water on your trip to Antarctica and you will want to photograph them all. Icebergs come in so many different shapes, sizes and colors and each iceberg is different.
How would you like to do a polar plunge in Antarctica? At Deception Island, you will be able to strip down to your bathing suit and run into ice cold water. Here is a youtube video of some of fellow travelers from our boat doing the polar plunge.
Ride Zodiac Boats
In order to get off your ship and get to land, you will ride Zodiac boats. You might also just cruise around in the water and just take in the beautiful landscape.
Mail a Postcard
How would you like to mail a postcard to your friends and family from Antarctica? Yes there is a post office in Antarctica.
Did you know that Antarctica is one of the best places for whale watching? I had no idea until I was on the boat and they made an announcement.
The penguins are my favorite but there is so much more wildlife in Antarctica, including seals and seabirds.
Is Antarctica on your travel wish list? What things would you most like to do?