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For a continent larger than
Australia, Antarctica sees
only about 25,000 tourists each
year and about 13 per cent of them
Some days Antarctica seems too perfect to be real.
On one of the continent’s clear, sunny, summer days
a cruise in a bay edged with glaciers to photograph
penguins poised on icebergs is an experience like no
other in this world.
The drama of crossing the Southern Ocean or (at its
narrowest point) the Drake Passage is a sometimes-
challenging yet rewarding experience to reach Antarctica.
Winds endlessly circling the globe are funnelled and
intensified between South America and the Antarctic
Peninsula. Not all voyagers encounter these storms but
enough do to deter the timid. Most who make the effort
state that ‘The Drake’, with its whales and albatross, is a
worthy prelude to Antarctica. Fortunately, once you reach
Antarctica ice and islands dampen any waves.
For a continent larger than Australia, Antarctica sees only
about 25,000 tourists each year and about 13 per cent of
them are Australian. Another 9000 see it from the air or
from the decks of cruise ships. Only around 10 per cent of
visitors sail south from Australia or New Zealand, taking
the five-day journey across the Southern Ocean. The
great majority sail from Ushuaia at the bottom of South
America where the mountainous spine of the Antarctic
Peninsula extends northwards towards the Andes, so you
reach Antarctica in two days.
Vessels sailing to Antarctica range from luxurious to
quite utilitarian. It’s an advantage to be on an expedition
ship carrying fewer than 100 passengers, as those with
more are restricted on where they can go by regulation.
The ice rating of the ship is also important as ice may
persist throughout the summer. Indeed, one of the
voyage highlights may be watching the captain and
officers steer through up to a metre of sea ice to get you
to your destination. »
Strange but true, Antarctica is often visited by
tourists over 50 years of age and many travellers
declare they are fulfilling a lifelong dream.
BY DAVID MCGONIGAL
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