5 Things To Do In Antarctica

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Once upon a time you probably thought only about Antarctica when you had a Antarctica school project, but the reality is that now you will be travelling from Ushuaia to Antarctica! There is no shortage of things to do in Antarctica and it is important to make the  most of everything that is possible to do when you go. It is highly likely that once you go you may never get the chance again, so you need to do it right. This article will talk about just some of the things that you can do in Antarctica.

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Take the plunge

This really is one of those activities that is exactly as it sounds, jumping into the freezing Antarctic waters. For those that can actually withstand the freezing water it will be something that you will never ever forget, and probably from the cold alone. This is the ultimate bragging right to say that you really experienced Antarctica!

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Swimming at Deception Island

For those looking for a bit more of relaxed swimming experience it is possible to swim at Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands, about 120 kilometres above the continent. The reason it is better than the above option is that under the island lies an active volcano that acts to heat the waters in particular places on the island. It is therefore much more bearable and it is an experience that is completely unforgettable.

Penguins and their colonies

Antarctica has a huge number of penguins and many different varieties at that. There are Gentoos, Adelies, Chinstraps, Kings and many more. Watching penguins is an absolutely fascinating thing to do. If you are lucky some of the more curious penguins may come to have a closer look at you. Penguins are very playful in nature and love to slide and walk around. They are also a little to tripping so watching them can be a highly entertaining experience.

Zodiac tours

A Zodiac is a rubber boat that every cruise ship will have and is a great way to really get up close and personal with the Antarctic landscape. The best tours zig zag their way between the gigantic icebergs and you can even interact with the wildlife. You may be able to see seals, penguins and other birds and even whales. Zodiac tours are great for getting to experience parts of Antarctica that just wouldn’t be possible from your cruise ship. Don’t forget to bring your waterproof backpack, camera and binoculars along too, because you really don’t want to miss anything.

Kayaking

Generally speaking this is something you should book early to avoid any disappointment of missing out. This is a great way to get a workout and get a personal view of the stunning landscape and wildlife. The best thing is that you can choose where you want to go!