With its reputation as the coldest, windiest, driest continent on earth, it’s a wonder there have been any travel brochures printed for Antarctica. But plenty of people have a visit there listed on their bucket list and tourism numbers are growing.
In 2013-14 37,000 people visited the cold continent. Of these 10,000 travelled in ships in Antarctic waters but didn’t land. In 2011-12 there were only 26,000, a sharp decline following the banning of large cruise ships after the 2007-08 season which recorded 46,000. The delicate Antarctic ecosystem has no doubt breathed a sigh of relief.
Tourist Attractions in Antarctica
While you won’t find too many coffee shops and shopping malls, there are a surprising number of things to see and do in Antarctica.
Nestle into huge penguin colonies
Photograph the native seals, whales and birds
Take a polar plunge if you’re game
Visit the old whaling station at Deception Bay
Watch the whales swim by
Go camping in a tent to get up close with the wildlife
Take a zodiac tour through the icebergs
Mail a postcard at Port Lockroy
Kayak in the stunning icy waters
If you are planning the adventure of a lifetime or you have an interest in the far reaches of the southern hemisphere, check out our selection of maps and reading material.
Antarctica Travel Pack – a book bundle to get ready for your big visit that includes Lonely Planet Antarctica, Pocket First Aid & Wilderness Medicine and Antarctica ITMB Map.
Antarctica Map (1957) – published at a pivotal time in Antarctica’s exploration history, this map details the geography and history of multi-national expeditions.
Antarctica Map – this political flat map details the territories as well as British Antarctic Survey information on scientific research, Antarctica’s climate and resources.
Antarctica Executive – if you are looking for a map to decorate the office wall then this is the one. It has muted, antique tones and is available flat or mounted in a walnut frame.
Antarctica and the Arctic – if you haven’t decided if you are travelling to the north or south pole yet, this one is for you. The Antarctic side covers a topographic map including the coastline and ice shelves; bathymetry; ice/rock limits; contours, key mountain summits and hill-shaded terrain, and scientific research stations.
The Arctic side includes the coastline bathymetry; contours, key mountain summits and hill-shaded terrain, major rivers and lakes, and glaciers and ice caps. It also shows major towns, transport networks, airports and national boundaries.