What You Need To Know If You're Dreaming of an Antarctic Expedition


An Antarctic trip is one of the most unforgettable travel experiences you can have.  The remoteness and the expansive landscape of the southernmost continent creates a rich and liberating disconnection from the rest of the world at large.
However, getting there can sometimes feel like the exact opposite experience. The idea of traveling to Antarctica, putting together the logistics for you and your family, or friends, to reach the bottom of the Earth can seem daunting. Just contemplating what needs to be considered in order to make the trip happen can feel like a serious undertaking.
But it doesn’t have to.
Deanna Nicoli, our resident Antarctica expert, has been working with our whole team for a few years now to ensure we’re ready to answer all your questions when you reach out to us about Antarctica trips.
Whether you’ve already done a little research on your own, or you’re simply curious about what to even start thinking about to make your dream Antarctica expedition become a reality, the Southern Explorations team is ready to guide you along the whole journey.
Just what kind of questions are people asking when they call us about creating their ideal Antarctica trip? To find out, we asked Deanna what she is hearing from Southern Explorations guests who are dreaming of heading towards the South Pole.  
“We get every kind of call,” explains Deanna. “Some people have done some research already, and others are looking for an education from the beginning. People want to know how long the trip options are, how they can get there, what happens on the trips, what all the different ships we offer are like, and the services that each provides. People come to us with every type of question for these trips and we’re happy to fill in the blanks and alleviate the concerns so that we can get them on the ideal Antarctica trip for their travel style and budget.”
Still not sure about any of it? No problem. Our travel experts will ask our guests a series of simple questions to begin, and offer up a clear picture of time frames for travel (late October until April), what each of those months is going to look and feel like in Antarctica, what the itinerary timelines are like, and find out if you’re interested in experiencing South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
“A lot of people obviously know about Antarctica, but they don’t necessarily know about the phenomenal wildlife like the king penguin rookeries in South Georgia, in addition to the incredible history there around the famous explorer Ernest Shackelford,” explains Deanna. “You’ll also see wildlife like elephant seals and these massive albatross, it’s really an incredible place, but so many people aren’t aware of it and how valuable it is to include on an Antarctica trip.”
So, what should people know about putting together a trip to Antarctica?
“It’s important for our guests to know that we get the dates and rates a year-and-a-half in advance, so it’s good to keep in mind that it doesn’t usually help to wait too long, especially if you have a specific timeframe in which you’d like to travel,” says Deanna.
Interested in learning more about what you need to know if you’re dreaming of exploring Antarctica? Give Deanna and the Southern Explorations team a call today and we’ll be happy to fill in the blanks and get you set-up right to make your Antarctic dream a reality.