Many people wonder if it's possible to travel to Antarctica. The answer is, yes, we can go to this coldest, iciest, highest, driest, and windiest continent.
In fact, more than 45 thousand people have traveled to this continent throughout 2016 to 2017. They came from all over the world, including Australia, the United States, UK, China, Germany, Canada, France, India, and many more.
At first, it seems impossible to travel to Antarctica since it is the world's southernmost continent. Besides the distance, Antarctica also has different weather and environmental condition.
So, how can we travel to Antarctica?
How do we get there?
Most people went to Antarctica passing through the tip of South America. It is the fastest and most accessible route. However, you can get another route to arrive there.
First, you can sail from Ushuaia in Argentina or from South Island. The second one is by riding on a charter plane from Punta Arenas, Chile. With the second method, you can land in the Antarctic Peninsula in just 2 hours, instead of spending 2 days at sea.
Lastly, you can fly to the South Pole from either Punta Arenas, Chile, or Cape Town. Then, spend your time in Union Glacier Camp.
Is it possible to visit Antarctica alone?
Yes, it is possible to travel to Antarctica by yourself. There are a growing number of people who take solo-traveling to Antarctica. But you need to do thorough research so you won't get lost there. Choose the best journey in advance before you go there.
Do you need a visa to go to Antarctica?
No, it’s not necessary to get a visa when you want to visit Antarctica. It's because this continent is a non-sovereign nation. But you still need to check whether you need a visa for the country where you will transit at.
How long does it take to reach Antarctica?
Well, you will spend your 48 hours to get to the Antarctic Peninsula by boat. If you want to get there faster, you can choose to fly by plane. It probably takes 36 hours if you sail to the Falkland Island from Ushuaia.
Remember, a further day’s sailing is required to reach South Georgia Island. In addition, you can get there in 10 hours if you fly from the Punta Arenas in Southern Chile to the South Pole.
When is the best time to visit Antarctica?
Considering the best time to visit Antarctica is very important. In addition, it's also important to take note on the characteristics of the weather. During winter and autumn, it’s impossible to pass through Antarctica’s coastline.
The ice is so thick and the temperatures can drop until -60 degrees. You can visit Antarctica during summer between November to March. During summer, you can see Antarctica’s wildlife.
But note that the ships are relatively limited especially during High Season. So, it’s better to plan your tour at least 12 months in advance.
So, are you really interested to go to Antarctica? Although it will take time to get there, it will give you a special experience. Make sure you have enough preparation and choose the best time to go there!