Brave the cold to set foot in Antarctica

Explore the most remote continent and discover the true majesty of glaciers.

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Unlike most other travel destinations, Antarctica is a land of extremes. It's extremely cold, extremely well-protected and extremely difficult to just rock up and look around. You need to meticulously plan your adventure for this one.

You can't fly there, for example. You have to travel on a boat that leaves from either Australia or Argentina and you can only go there for four or five months of the year, with every voyage being a little different due to the movements of ice.

However, if you can line your Antarctic voyage up just right you're in for a magical time with penguins, whales and ice camping. Maybe you'll even catch a glimpse of the Southern Lights?

The best way to get yourself to Antarctica is to find a cruise company that takes care of almost everything for you. We recommend eight different providers to maximise your comfort while you explore the frozen wonderland.

Cruises, departing from either Ushuaia in Argentina or Tasmania in Australia, take between two and seven days to get you to Antarctica depending on whether you travel to the Antarctic Peninsula (Argentina) or the Ross Sea (Australia).

The best time to take off to Antarctica is between November and March, when it's warmest and there is plenty of sunlight.

Once you get to Antarctica, some of the best things to do include kayaking through sea glaciers and pods of Antarctic whales; penguin-spotting and (if you're brave), swimming in the frozen waters!

Average prices for an Antarctic cruise range from $700 per night through to $1,700 per night, and each company offers its own unique blend of eco-friendly activities to ensure you're enjoying the World Heritage-listed site sustainably.

Don't feel like making the voyage across the seas to the southernmost continent? I personally don't blame you and have good news: you don't have to hop on a boat to explore the icy and mysterious. Exploring the world's majestic glaciers (while you still can) is a great way to get a taste of winter trekking without heading so far south.

New Zealand's Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers; Alaska's Hubbard Glacier and the Glacier National Park in Montana are all great places to start your winter exploration. Just make sure you take a guide, as ice explorations are treacherous voyages that ought to be respected at all times!

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