Friday, February 09, 2007

Friday Destination Dreaming # 15

Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I'm continuing on my winter theme, and I HATE the cold. If I'm going to suggest the arctic circle, how can I not balance that with...


Oddly enough, this IS the season for an epic tour to Antarctica, because it is summer there, and tourist boats only operate between November and March. You can expect about 20 hours of sunshine a day at the peak of summer, and may actually be able to set foot on the southern-most continent (weather permitting). Laws limit any landing to a maximum of 100 people. Therefore, your chances are increased if you are traveling on a vessel with limited travelers, as opposed to a large cruise-ship. This is a quiet world of icebergs, whales, seals, and penguins - a special destination that is visited by the very few.

Some fast facts:

- 98% of Antarctica (the 3rd smallest continent) is covered in ice.
- Summer temperatures are usually between 20-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Most trips to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia, Argentina.
- You can expect to pay $7000-10,000 per person for a 2-week cruise. There are only around 20 vessels that service this destination with 45-280 passengers.
- No visas or documents are required for visiting this continent.
- There are no indigenous people in Antarctica. The population of scientists that live there is less than 1000 during the winter. In the summer this blossoms to over 30,000 people, which amounts to around 5000 scientists with the rest being tourists!


Anonymous MomG said...

After reading your last two blogs,I really do appreciate Florida weather.Love to see the white stuff through your pictures.Stay warm and think SPRING...MomG

11:50 AM  
Blogger Rein Morgen said...

Aww, I have Happy Feet.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

How gorgeous is that. Ah to have the means to see this amazing place. Will we see it through yours and Dan's eyes? Maybe Stella will venture there!

1:44 PM  

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