Antarctic Group Tours for Solo Travellers
Travel solo as part of a Flash Pack group tour to Antarctica
Why Travel Solo To Antarctica?
It’s hard to get to, freezing cold and costs a small fortune to visit… is Antarctica really worth it? You bet it is.
From Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, it takes two days by boat to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll travel across the Drake Passage – a notoriously turbulent body of water – to arrive in a pristine world untouched by humankind. Each day reveals a mind-blowing experience that will make you feel like you’re in a nature documentary: immense rookeries of penguins shuffling across frozen shores, a pod of graceful gliding through the icy waters, leopard seals lazing on electric-blue icebergs, the thunderous crack of a glacier calving somewhere in the distance…
For many travellers, Antarctica is the last continent they visit to complete their bucketlist… but it’s so much more than that. Visiting this wilderness destination is a once-in-a-lifetime privilege that few people get to experience – and it’s worth every penny.
From food to landscapes, here are a few things you should know about solo travel to Antarctica
With an annual rainfall of just 166mm, Antarctica is technically a desert. The average annual temperature is -57°C, dropping to -90°C in winter (with a windspeed of up to 300 kph) and reaching between -2°C and 8°C in summer. From November to March you’ll experience nearly 24 hours of daylight.
No fresh food can be grown on Antarctica (although there is an experimental greenhouse) and wildlife is protected from hunting. All food is imported, so fruit and veg are only available when ships or aircraft arrive. Non-perishable staples include sledging biscuits and pemmican (preserved meat).
Antarctica’s landmass is roughly the size of the US and Mexico combined. For years a mystery, scientists have discovered a that underneath the thick ice sheets lies a hidden landscape of plains, hills and valleys carved by ancient rivers. The highest peak is Mount Vinson at 4,892 metres.
Despite the harsh conditions, Antarctica is a haven for wildlife which is uniquely adapted to the extreme cold. Iconic species include humpback, fin whales and orcas, Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, Weddell seals, elephant seals, and seabirds, such as skuas, terns and petrels.
There are research stations to visit and points of historical interest, as well as winter activities such as backcountry skiing, hiking and ice climbing. Most visitors head out on Zodiacs or sea kayaks to spot wildlife. The hardy can scuba dive or take a polar plunge. The snow-covered landscape is a dream for photographers.
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