The White Continent is one of the planet’s last great untouched wilderness. Heading to the South Pole provides stunning sights, exciting experiences, the chance to explore somewhere totally new, and a way to push the boundaries of ordinary life.

A truly amazing adventure, traveling to Antarctica represents exploration, pioneer spirit, and a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. It might be a challenge, but it is one worth taking on. If you are considering traveling to Antarctica, here are four reasons to seal the deal.

A genuine adventure

If you are taking a cruise to Antarctica you will see things no-one else has ever seen. You’ll be exploring an alien landscape – vast sheets of white as far as the eye can see, punctuated occasionally by rocky greys, shimmering blues, and mirage-like icebergs floating off-shore. You experience some of the most extreme things the world has to offer, and take on genuine adventures, swimming in sub-zero waters, climbing vast glaciers, or camping out on the barren ice.

Wildlife found nowhere else in the world

The wildlife in Antarctica is world-class. Despite its barren, icy face it is an extraordinarily biodiverse ecosystem, with thousands of species of birds, mammals, and marine life found nowhere else on the planet. See leopard, crabeater, and elephant seals, wandering albatrosses, and hundreds of thousands of penguins. A pod of orcas breaking the surface of the water might take your breath away, and you’ll get close enough to humpback whales to feel the spray of their fluke!

Walk in the footsteps of heroes

Explorers in the 19th century were the first humans to try and conquer the ice, and a journey to Antarctica allows you to walk in their footsteps and discover their fascinating history. Because of the climate, the legacies of heroes like Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary are incredibly well preserved, and you can enter Scott’s hut at Cape Evans, explore Base ‘W’ on Detaille Island, and literally walk in the footsteps of history.

Extraordinarily photogenic

Although bleak and barren, Antarctica is also stunningly beautiful and extraordinarily photogenic. Strong winds and powerful ocean waves have shaped the ice into bizarre forms that stand out from the landscape, while towering icebergs and deep, dark crevasses set off the bright white background. Antarctica is a photographer’s dream and will provide an incredible collection of images to tell the story of your incredible southern adventure.