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Areatotal: 14 million sq km
land: 14 million sq km (280,000 sq km ice-free, 13.72 million sq km ice-covered) (est.)
Populationno indigenous inhabitants, but there are seasonally staffed research stations (July 2002 est.)
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Antarctica is the coldest place on earth. It is covered in ice and if it all melted the sea level would rise substantially, and flood many low-lying cities such as Tokyo, London and New York. The place is a hotbed of scientific research, with scientists investigating the ozone hole and global warming, amongst other things.

Currently, there is a small but growing tourist industry in Antarctica. Visitors of Antarctica often speak of its pristine beauty and serenity. Animal lovers, birdwatchers and photographers are also in for a treat in Antarctica with its various species of penguins, seals and birds that are native to the frozen continent.

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Antarctica

Regions

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Map of AntarcticaMap of Antarctica
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Destinations

  • South Pole
  • McMurdo Sound - McMurdo StationMc Murdo Station (USA), Scott BaseScott Base (New Zealand)
  • Palmer Station
  • Port Lockroy
  • Paradise Bay / Almirante Brown
  • Arctowski Station
  • Neko Harbor
  • Cuverville Island
  • Deception Island
Antarctica

Understand

Travel to Antarctica is generally restricted to organised scientific expions sponsored by signatories to the Antarctic Treaty. Permanent bases are maintained in Antarctic for scientific purposes only. Private expions must be totally self-supporting. Tourism to Antarctica is limited to a few specialist operators. Permission may also be required from various authorities in order to land on the continent. Advance approval from the respective governmental or nongovernmental operating organization required for landing aircraft. Landing aircraft are subject to inspection in accordance with Article 7 of the Antarctic Treaty.

Antarctica

Get in

Antarctica

By plane

There are no airports in Antarctica capable of accepting ordinary commercial airliners. Commercial overflights do happen occasionally but the risks involved mean most airlines who have operated Antarctic flights in the past no longer do so.

Aircraft landing in Antarctica should be equipped for landing on ice, snow or gravel runways as there are no paved runways. Landings are generally restricted to the daylight season (Summer months from October to March.) Winter landings have been performed at Williams Field but low temperatures mean that aircraft cannot stay on the ice longer than an hour or so as skis may freeze to the ice runway.

Travel is normally by military aircraft, as part of the cargo. Passengers should anticipate carrying all their own luggage and may need to assist with freight as well.

Major landing fields include:

  • Williams Field - Serves McMurdo Station and Scott Base.
Antarctica

By boat

In the Antarctic summer, several companies (e.g., Mountain Travel Sobek, Quark Expions) offer excursions on ice strengthened vessels to Antarctica. Ice strengthened (not quite as tough as icebreakers) boats are preferred since icebreakers are round on the bottom -- a configuration that amplifies the already massive wave action in the Drake passage. The ships typically offer a couple of excursions to the continent (usually the Antarctic peninsula) or Antarctic islands (e.g., Deception Island, Aitcho Island) each day over the course of a week. The views are phenomenal, the penguins are friendly (well, some of them are), and the experience is one that is unparalleled!

Coastal stations include

  • McMurdo (77 51 S, 166 40 E) (USA)
  • Palmer (64 43 S, 64 03 W) (USA)
  • Arctowski (Poland)
  • Port Lockroy (UK)
  • Baia Terranova (I)
Antarctica

Get around

Ponies, sledges and dogs, skis, tractors, snow cats and similar tracked vehicles, aircraft including helicopters and ski planes have all been used to get around Antarctica. Cruise ships use zodiac boats to ferry tourists from ship to shore in small groups. Bring your own fuel and food, or arrange supplies in advance. You cannot purchase fuel or food on the continent. Cruise ships come fully prepared with landing transport, food, etc. Some (but not all) even provide cold-weather clothing.

Antarctica

Sleep

Antarctica has almost 24 hour sunshine during the six months of the southern hemisphere summer. Visitors should ensure that they take steps to keep regular sleeping hours as continuous daylight disturbs the body clock.

Antarctica

Work

It is possible to obtain employment with scientific expions in Antarctica. Induction and training need to be undertaken prior to departure for Antarctica.

Antarctica

Stay safe

There are limited Search and Rescue facilities in Antarctica. Expions should plan for all contingencies.

Although there is no formal government or legal system in Antarctica, the laws of a country of origin or departure as well as those of a claimant government may apply.

Fortunately, crime is not a problem in Antarctica.

Antarctica

Stay healthy

Antarctica has an extreme environment. The cold is a major health hazard. Visitors should be properly prepared and equipped for any visit.

Antarctica

Respect

Antarctica has a very fragile environment. Pollution should be avoided if at all possible. Expions should anticipate needing to remove ALL waste from the continent when they leave. Waste disposal and sewage facilities on the continent are severely limited and restricted to permanent installations.

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External links

T&T's Real Travels in Antarctica - http://www.ttrealtravels.com/regions.php?areaid=3


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