About Antarctica


Antarctica is one of the last, great untamed continents on planet Earth. Its almost alien landscape is filled with stories – both heroic and harrowing. From the days of Captain Cook's 1772 Antarctic voyage to Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton, humans have always been captivated by this vast place.

The spectacular Antarctic Peninsula is the most accessible part of the continent. Only 40 hours or so south of Cape Horn by ship lies a rugged spine of mountains flanked by huge glaciers. The western coast is etched with fjords; dozens of islands lie offshore. The result is a glorious maze of sheltered channels and inlets, where modern scientific stations and reminders of early explorers and the whaling industry are scattered among penguin rookeries and seal colonies.

Nowadays, you too can become a 21st century explorer with an Aurora Expeditions' Antarctic adventures. Here is what you need to know about the Great White continent.

  • Antarctica’s Regions

    At nearly 14 million square kilometres, Antarctica can be divided up into five regions. Find out about each region and what parts of Antarctica you can visit.

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  • Antarctica’s Wildlife

    Noisy and nosy penguins, cute furry seal pups and giant whales that lock onlookers in a mesmerising trance; find out what wildlife you're likely to see on an expedition to Antarctica.

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  • Antarctica’s Birdlife

    In the hostile environment of South Georgia and Antarctica, there are countless bird species that have learnt to live in these conditions. Read on to learn more.

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  • Antarctica’s Climate

    Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on our planet. During summer, luckily, the continent warms up enough for us to enjoy crisp days in this amazing part of the world! Learn more about Antarctica's…

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  • Antarctica’s Seasons

    Our Antarctic expeditions operate in the Austral summer between November and March. Find out what you are likely to see during the short summer season as ice melts and wildlife invades.

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The professionalism, enthusiasm and passion shown by all expedition staff was exceptional.
Janice McKenzie, Victoria, Australia
Thanks to all who helped make this an unforgettable experience. Am left in awe of Antarctica and the stark contrast with those land and sea environments
Barbara Levy - Weddell Sea & Antarctic Explorer, 2015
This really was a truly magical experience which will live with us forever.
R. Astridge - Across the Antarctic Circle, 2018
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