Antarctica Destination guide

There’s nothing that can really prepare you for the remote otherworldliness that is Antarctica. From the vast white wilderness landscape, to colossal icebergs and abundant wildlife, whether it’s your first or hundredth visit to the world’s highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent, there is only one word that accurately describes the awe you feel upon arrival; magic.

With Antarctica tours running between November and February each year, you can whet your adventurous spirit with Trafalgar onboard the luxury expedition ship, the m/v Sea Spirit. Expect to be in a constant state of awe as you slice through the icy waters of the Drake Passage, where you’ll welcome vast ice-dotted landscapes; watch the sun glisten on the golden furs of seals lazing on ice floes and kayak through icy waters in search of up close and personal encounters with whales, penguins and other bird species that call Antarctica home.

As far as thrilling adventures go, this is the big one, filled with many ‘pinch me’ moments. Travel to Antarctica with us and unlock a world of infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.

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Antarctic Ice
Known for being the highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent on the planet, an expedition to Antarctica is nothing short of an awesome adventure. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director as you leave the shores of South America behind you and embark on a journey of a lifetime to Earth’s untouched continent.
Ship in Antartica
Antarctica at a glance

"If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it."

Andrew Denton
Antarctica covers
14.2 million km²
Antarctica holds
60-90% of the world’s fresh water
Antarctica is
the fifth largest continent

What to pack for Antarctica

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Layered clothing

Warm, layered items of clothing are arguably the most important item of clothing for an Antarctica expedition. To help keep you warm and protect you from the cold Antarctic weather, you’ll need a polar fleece jacket, at least one warm waterproof jacket, woolen thermal layers and waterproof pants.

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You’ll want to buy a pair of good quality, grippy, waterproof boots for your Antarctic adventure. To keep your feet warm (both onboard and offboard the ship), we also recommend you bring a mix of thin and thick socks.

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One key thing you need to remember when dressing for the cold is that most of your core body temperature is lost through your extremities (hands and head). Make sure you pack a mixture of mittens, gloves and beanies to keep you nice and warm.

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The landscapes that you’ll bear witness to in Antarctica are some of the most astonishingly beautiful sites you’ll ever see, so be sure to pack your camera so that you can capture all of the magical moments.

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Waterproof bag

The last thing you want as you embark on your daily adventures is to drop your camera or belongings in the snow. Make sure you choose a quality, waterproof bag to store all of your valuables in.

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Blank Journal

You’re bound to be struck by inspiration as you encounter the landscapes and people of South America. A journal is a great way to record your memories to share with friends back home.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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