Host to the South Pole and the planet’s southernmost continent, Antarctica is a polar desert that enchants every visitor. Here are some great reasons to find your parka, pack your bags, and book an epic voyage with a luxurious expedition team to Antarctica:
Enjoy the Compelling Isolation
Have you ever gained a feeling of calm, peace, and balance as you clear your mind and become one with nature? There’s plenty of opportunity for such transformative experiences in Antarctica that enhance your emotional well-being and overall health.
Just picture staring at the midsummer Antarctica night sky as you snuggle into your sleeping bag surrounded by whisperings of glaciers and the chirps of penguins, like so many explorers before you. If this seems like a captivating experience, then a trip to Antarctica beckons you.
Antarctica has some of the most riveting wildlife on this planet, including penguins. These adorable flightless birds are fascinatingly wobbly on land yet utterly graceful in the water. Here is how to see penguins in Antarctica when you’re on an exquisite voyage:
- Emperor penguins are the biggest of all penguins, standing at 45 inches and weighing nearly 90 pounds. When you picture a penguin, an emperor is likely the first that comes to mind. You can find them at Marguerite Bay of the Antarctic Peninsula.
- King penguins are the second-largest penguins. They look like emperor penguins on a diet. King penguins usually hang out at Gold Harbour of South Georgia Island.
- Adelie penguins are medium-sized creatures named after Adelie Land. Like emperors, they live on the mainland of Antarctica.
- Chinstrap penguins have thin black bands under their jaws that look like chinstraps. These cute creatures stay on Cooper Island of South Georgia and shores near the Antarctic Oceans.
- Gentoo penguins have orange bills and white strips that look like sunhats. They’re the third-largest penguins after emperor and king. You can find them on the northern coast of Danco Island.
- Macaroni penguins have delightful strands of yellow hair that make them look like 60s rock stars. The yellow crests on their heads resemble hats that were called macaroni in the 18th century. Like chinstrap penguins, they live on Cooper Island of South Georgia.
Of course, to find these penguins, you must travel with the right group. You may try Quark Expeditions — as the leader in polar adventures; they have an unparalleled polar pedigree. Besides penguins, you may also meet with leopard seals, blue whales, and orcas while travelling with Quark’s team of experts.
If the idea of intimate encounters with Antarctica’s beautiful sea creatures is persuasive to you, then you will love sea kayaking. On your watercraft, as you navigate through grounded icebergs, you can get as close to massive marine animals in their native ecosystem as safely possible and feel humbled by the awesomeness of mother nature.
Don’t be surprised by how much you miss Antarctica after you return from your trip. Many explorers claim that Antarctica’s remarkable natural landscapes and thrilling wildlife are forever imprinted in their minds.