Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and located asymmetrically around the South Pole, 98% of Antarctica is covered by the Antarctic ice sheet. It gets much colder here than in the Arctic. But the coldest, windiest and driest continent on this planet offers unparalleled beauty, especially when the climate turns kind a few times a year, when a plunge into this wonderland becomes possible.
And that’s when we make the most of it, to see life that prevails even here: how the ever-endearing penguins, the seemingly calm seals, and seabirds exist like a miracle. For natural history as well as landscape photographers, Antarctica will prove to be an experience of a lifetime.
- Best time to visit:
November to March
- Recommended min. duration:
The very landscape of Antarctica is breathtakingly picturesque. And there’s little about penguins that can’t move you; watching them in Antarctica is an unparalleled experience. You will also see whales and seals that constitute the marine-mammalian life of Antarctica. Seabirds such as albatross and petrel also charm with all their loveliness.
The main attraction of Antarctica, apart from Antarctica itself, will be penguins — chiefly the Adélie, the chinstrap, the emperor and the gentoo.
Apart from penguins and seals, Antarctic sea life includes blue whales, orcas and colossal squids.
In Antarctica, where the sunrise and sunset hues break the monotony of white-grey landscape, you could watch seabirds flitting about, dotting the immobile frozen background.
There is something enviably calm about these seals that lie around on these sheets of ice like it’s nobody’s business, without a care for the rest of the world. You’ll also be charmed by the indolence of the Weddell seal, the agility of the leopard seal, the size of the elephant seal and the paleness of the crabeater seal.
In the flighty bird department, the black-browed albatross is a thing of beauty to be seen and photographed. This gorgeous avian, wearing hues in harmony with its landscape and endearing in all its mystical beauty, has always been the heart-throb that everyone visiting Antarctica wants to see, the petrel being the other skysurfer to watch out for.
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While Toehold Photo Travel is our most popular offering with our photography experts travelling along with you, our Vacations chalk out travel plans for you to explore destinations across the globe the way you wish to. In short, you would be availing of our expert service to plan your vacation and execute it the way you want.
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- The dates, style of travel, class of hotels and lodges, destinations, and every other detail is tailor-made to suit your custom requirement.
- A Skipper or a photography guide doesn’t travel with you to guide you unless you decide to take our customised and guided photo travel experience.
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Unlike travel agents who plan your vacation from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Personalised Vacations offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the knowledge of experts who know the places first-hand. Besides, your holiday will be meticulously planned by making use of the best local contacts we have at every destination.
For whom is this destination suitable?
Anybody interested in Antarctica or wildlife and landscapes and is above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) can visit this destination.
How cold will it be?
The weather is variable, but the average hovers between -5 and -15 ℃ during the recommended best time to visit Antarctica. There will be considerable wind chill. You are advised to carry requisite medication.
What fitness level is required?
Although this is not a very physically intensive trip, some basic amount of physical fitness is required, chiefly to withstand the cold, and to undertake short walks exploring the islets on foot. If you suffer from known illnesses, please consult your physician before signing up for the Vacation.
Will you book my flight tickets if needed?
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too.
What is the scope of services you offer as a part of a Personalised Vacation package?
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Do you rent camera equipment?
Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you can enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on Toehold Personalised Vacations!