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Antarctica Highlights

There are always a few "must-see" places at every travel destination, and Antarctica is no exception. Travel to the frozen continent will include an exciting crossing of the Drake Passage, through some of the roughest waters in the world. Your adventure will not be complete without a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands and nearby offshore isles. The entire region is teeming with vibrant wildlife, including penguins, seals, and whales. Iceberg Alley and Beagle Channel will provide some of the most spectacular photography opportunities of ice formations throughout the entire continent.

Deception Island:
This dormant volcano now forms Neptune's Bellows; a rugged natural harbor at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula nestled among the South Shetland Islands. A one-time home for Norwegian whalers, British scientists, and Chilean explorers, this horseshoe-shaped island is sprinkled with snow-capped hills with elevations up to 1900 feet. The calm waters of Port Forster allow ships to safely enter through the ancient caldera's breach. Soaking away Antarctic chills in the thermally heated waters of Pendulum Cove is a must-do!

Lemaire Channel:
Dubbed the "Kodak Gap" because of its photographic appeal, this slender waterway is bordered on either side by the cliffs of the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island. The seven-mile glaciated channel is often filled with visiting whales, seals, petrels, gulls, and terns. Watch for calving glaciers, one of the most magnificent displays of nature on Earth!

Paradise Harbor:
An opportunity to set foot on the White Continent. The bay is brimming with icebergs, many with sleepy seals hauled out in the sun. Take a Zodiac ashore to Waterboat Point and prepare to be greeted by Chilean personnel who man the site's scientific station. Here you may take a tour of their close, but fascinating living quarters, then take the opportunity to mingle with the locals: Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins!

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands:
Some of the best wildlife viewing and scenery in the world can be had as you set foot on the incomparable White Continent. You can expect to see Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adelie penguin rookeries rubbing shoulders with Weddell, Crabeater, and Leopard seals while humpback, minke, and killer whales cruise past in stoic grandeur.

Mawson Station:
Established by the Australians in 1954, the oldest continuously occupied station south of the Antarctic Circle can be accessed through famous Iceberg Alley, a fjord-like channel lined with enormous tabular icebergs that have run aground on underwater banks. Located at Horseshoe Harbor, one of the safest natural harbors in Antarctica owed to its two protective projecting arms of land. Because of its high altitude location, Mawson Station is ideal for the scientific study of cosmic rays.

Port Lockroy:
A small island close to the Antarctic Circle where you'll find a scientific outpost that once served as a British World War II station. If you're lucky you may be able to meet the scientists and mail a card with an Antarctic postmark. Afterwards, explore the nearby Gentoo penguin rookery.

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