A snowy white sheet – and nothing else – likely appears in your mind when you think of Antarctica.
This often untouched part of the world usually isn’t high on many people’s bucket lists. You might think it will be too boring to visit a place with zero amenities, low windy temperatures, and no humans around, so let me break the bubble for you.
I visited Antarctica last season, and it was the most spellbounding and thrilling experience. Walking on snowy beds while exploring things only native to the place in their natural form, without fancy buildings or amenities around, connects you with nature. Though I was confused about the rules and many other things, everything was too easy to do once I stepped on the land.
Many of you might want to know if it is hard to travel to Antarctica, who can visit it, or what to expect. I’m sharing my experience with you, so you get a better idea of what to expect in Antarctica.
What To Expect When Visiting Antarctica?
For me, visiting Antarctica was adventurous and full of surprises event. Here’s what you can expect when visiting Antarctica.
No matter how expected, icy glaciers in Antarctica will keep you captivated. You can visit Mount Tyree, Gardner, Massif, and Kirkpatric to see the high snowy mountains.
I enjoyed visiting the Onyx River, Alph River, Penguin River, and Priscu Stream in Antarctica. It was fascinating to see water bodies amidst the vast, frozen continent.
If you are an animal lover, you’ll be delighted to see albatrosses, penguins, sea elephants, and whale seals only found in Antarctica. You’ll also get a chance to see many other animals.
I loved the adventurous activities available in Antarctica. Climbing, hiking, scuba diving, trekking, whale watching, star gazing, and camping all felt new and refreshing on the icy lands.
Who Can Visit Antarctica?
Visiting Antarctica is surprisingly compared to other places. You won’t need a passport, a visa, or permission from the government to visit it, like you might need for other countries.
No one owns Antarctica, and it has no government. You’ll just need permission from your residence country on your passport to board to Antarctica.
Antarctica is a free zone. In 1957, 12 countries signed the “Antarctic Treaty” to ensure the continent’s sovereignty and use it for peace. The countries include Australia, the USSR, Belgium, France, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Argentina, the United States, and Chile.
Is It Hard To Visit Antarctica?
Besides fast-moving winds, extreme temperature, and zero native populations, you may think visiting Antarctica is hard.
And believe me, it is to a small extent.
Antarctica isn’t open for self-exploration. You’ll be required to go with tour groups and you’ll need a guided expedition. You cannot travel in large ships carrying over 100 people.
You also need to strictly follow the rules and regulations to save the environment and the natural beauty of the landscape. You may feel a bit off due to strict rules, but once you are there, you’ll feel they are a must for you and the environment’s good.
Sounds so interesting, doesn’t it? But the real adventure unfolds its true colors when you step on the icy land. So when are you planning your visit to Antarctica?