Antarctica

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Antarctica

Antarctica

Unless you're a scientist working on one of the White Continent's many research stations, you'll most likely visit Antarctica by sea. Sturdy vessels with ice-strengthened hulls sail from South America, Australia or New Zealand to the Antarctic Peninsula and its outlying islands, giving intrepid passengers a once-in-a-lifetime look at the frigid beauty of this extreme climate. During shore landings, bundle up and bring your binoculars to check out penguins, elephant seals, whales and sea birds; then retreat to your climate-controlled ship to warm up over a hot meal and evening enrichment lectures. Cruise operators in the region include Quark Expeditions, G Adventures, Orion Expeditions and more. (See iaato.org, the Web site for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, for a full list.)

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