Antarctica is a continent without a country, here are some Antarctica facts;
- Antarctica is a desert so it rarely rains or snows
- Antarctica is the coldest place on earth
- Antarctica only has 2 seasons – summer and winter
- Antarctica has no trees or bushes
- Antarctica is the worlds 5th largest continent
- Penguins live in Antarctica
- The Andes mountain range starts in Antarctica
Paradise Bay, Antarctica
I didn’t just appear in Antarctica, I flew to Buenos Aires and took a Celebrity Cruise from Buenos Aires to Antarctica. The cruise spent 3 full days in Antarctica, with the unpredictable weather, only 1 day was clear, but on this day, the views were worth the long trip down and the cruise fee. There are lots of mountains, glaciers, snow, icebergs and penguins. You have to see it to experience it, it’s like nowhere else.
Whilst sailing through Antarctica you’ll pass lots of icebergs. What is hard to comprehend is that only 10% of the iceberg is visible. Imagine how big the iceberg is as there is another 90% of it hidden under the surface. Those black dots on the iceberg pictured above are penguins taking a free ride to the beaches of South America for the summer.
Whilst on the deck of the cruise ship, it can be quite cold and windy, you’ll need to wear enough clothes so that you can enjoy the amazing views. I used the following clothes;
- Thermal underclothes – long johns, 2 pairs of socks, Nike pro thermal
- T-shirt, jeans
- Merino wool half zip base layer
- Nike Therma Sphere Hoodie
- Hat and 2 pairs of gloves
With this selection, I didn’t make myself immobile with huge thick clothes and was able to move around freely taking photos and enjoying the views. I wore 2 pairs of gloves, I had a thick pair and a thin pair. I chose to wear the thin pair of gloves underneath so I could take the thick pair off to use my camera without my fingers freezing.
Celebrity Infinity Cruise Ship
From Antarctica the cruise ship then sailed to the tip of South America, Cape Horn before reaching Ushuaia, Argentina. Whilst sailing from Antarctica to Cape Horn, Chile and Ushuaia I was able to enjoy steak dinners, watch shows, drink cocktails and go to the gym. This is a pretty good way to start my trip which will take me all the way to Alaska.
Cape Horn, Chile
The cruise ship passed Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. This is a very windy and cold place with the famous albatross-shaped Cape Horn Monument. The monument is here in memory of all those who have lost their lives whilst passing the cape. Fortunately the cruise ship past without any problems.
Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands