Antarctica, A Frost-Bitten Wilderness.

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Antarctica, A Frost-Bitten Wilderness.

Icebergs, penguins, whales, seals, expeditions, adventure and solitude! The bare-natural world, in all its glory!

Photograph By Mariamichelle

The commotion today is uncalled for. Even in the most exclusive of places; there are luxurious hotels in the middle of dense forests, an enormous queue to climb the Mt. Everest. Nothing is eluded anymore. We have been reaching out and colonizing more and more places but there’s one place which still bares the soul of the earth; Antarctica. The frozen continent has never been permanently occupied by us. If you’re one of those who wish to be in pure wilderness and live at the end of the earth, the South Pole is the place to be!

Photograph By Martin Fuchs

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Antarctica? The ice bergs! Those vast and mesmerizing ice bergs. These ice bergs carry a lot more. Imagine standing right in the middle of a Penguin colony surrounded by nothing but the wind-whipped sea and the massive endless ice bergs! There are penguins all around you; nudging each other to dive into the ocean. Imagine stepping on ground and knowing that you’re one of the few to have been there. Surreal!

antarctica penguin
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There are not many ways to reach this place, luckily. The most popular one is to take a cruise ship. The journey through the rough Drake Passage leaves you with an experience of a lifetime. If you’re lucky you might see an albatross circling your cruise ship, Whales leaping from the water, with their enormous tails emerging and dipping, as if in slow motion and the fat Seals rolling away on the beach.

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Photograph By Islam Kamel

The best duration to travel is during the summer, from November to March. Once you’re there, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, as well as the Antarctic Peninsula are definitely to be visited. And of course, the Antarctica polar plunge! Taking a dip in the near-freezing waters of Deception Island during an expedition cruise of the Antarctic is something of a rite of passage for adventurous travelers.

Respect the fragility of the Antarctic environment. The Antarctic environment is fragile and apart from expeditions, bases, and some tourists, there has been little human change. Wildlife remains unafraid of humans because of the lack of longterm negative interaction. It is important to respect the pristine nature of Antarctica and to ensure that tourism doesn’t have a
negative impact. There are Visitor Guidelines adopted under the Antarctic Treaty that regulate visitors’ actions at Antarctica and it is worth reading them as part of your preparation for the visit. Some of the basics to keep in mind include:

  • Don’t go too near wildlife and don’t do anything to disturb wildlife.
  • Don’t litter.
  • Don’t deface anything – all human-built structures have historical value and many huts, etc., have heritage listings. Do not engrave anything into rocks or other land features.
  • Take photos and nothing else. Leave all eggs, shells, plants, rocks, fossils, soil, etc., where they are.

After all, whatever you give to the world, comes back to you! Stay safe and Save the Environment!

Why wait? Plan your trip now!



-Written By Manjyot Naggi

( Featured Image By World Travel Wallpapers )


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