The haunting beauty of the planet’s southernmost continent is not your average holiday backdrop. Experience the humbling sight of soaring ice caps, creeping glaciers and a white expanse of wilderness, home to the most fascinating survivors on earth. See seals lolling on white-blue ice, the splash of a humpback whale and colonies of curious penguins.
Antarctica is a land of extraordinary landscapes. Its dramatic, snow-capped mountains serve as a backdrop to mile-long icebergs, glittering ice shelves and ancient glaciers. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the best spots to land on the mainland, with sweeping natural harbours of frozen blue ocean contrasting against the whiteness beyond.
The continent remains so uninhabited that its wildlife are mostly unconcerned by human visitors. You can get up close to huge crowds of Emperor penguins as they cheerfully get on with their lives, spot the fur seals rolling playfully on the shore and look out for penguin-like colouring of the blue-eyed shags.
Whale watching in Antarctica is an essential experience. The freezing waters of the Southern Ocean are surprisingly rich in nutrients, making them a comfortable habitat for the tale-thumping humpbacks, gargantuan blue whales and orcas. January to March is their mating season and the best time to see them in large numbers.
When you need a little warming up, the Shetland Islands are an interesting insight into the other end of Antarctica’s climate spectrum. Among them is Deception Island, formed by a volcanic eruption and full of hot pools and geothermal lagoons – perfect for a dip!
Lightfoot’s team will use their expert knowledge to design your adventure tour in Antarctica, allowing you to experience what it’s like to reach the end of the Earth in luxury.
Best time to go: November to March. Each month offers unique experiences whether it is changing landscapes, penguin breeding season and increased whale sightings.