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.