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Antarctic Peninsula

Located in the southern hemisphere, the Antarctic Peninsula is completely different to anywhere else on earth. Any icy world of glaciers and icebergs provide a home to a magnificent range of flora and fauna including various species of penguins, seals, orca, whales and seabirds.

Protruding into the Southern Ocean, it is surrounded by the Weddell Sea on one side and the Drake Passage on the other. A small number of specific expeditions may take you inside the Antarctic Circle, but for most itineraries this is the furthest south you will tread.

If you are lucky, you might be able to witness mesmerising penguin colonies in ice-free areas such as Paulet, Deception and Livingston Islands, located towards the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

As you gather your senses, a look around will tell you just how beautiful this wilderness is. Rugged peaks are dotted amongst enormous icebergs and the blanket white is only broken by the earthy colours of the triumphant mountains and the rocky patches by the shore. Many animals may be on hand to greet you as you marvel at large penguin colonies and watch from the boat as seals and whales occasionally break the surface of the water.

There are no airports within the Antarctic Peninsula, so this means that the only way to get to this whitewashed wonder is by boat. Some tour operators operate sailings out of Ushuaia, in southern Argentina, on board vessels with an ice-strengthened hull. Other tours will see you fly to the South Shetland Islands and complete the remainder of your journey to the Antarctic Peninsula by Zodiac.

Each itinerary will provide an unforgettable opportunity to explore the ice sheets and experience polar wildlife up close.

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