42 Things I Love About Antarctica

Antarctica

1. Penguins

2. Putting a GoPro camera on the bow of the ship

3. The fact you can fly there

4. Realizing that Austral summer isn’t ‘that’ cold

5. Going for a swim in the icy waters

6. The gentle sway of the ship at night

7. Hopefully catching sight of a Minke whale or even an Orca

8. Baby penguins

9. Being completely disconnected

10. Getting a wink from a lazy Weddell Seal

11. Hiking along icy paths on the continent itself

12. Watching massive icebergs float safely by

13. Watching fur seals play

14. Exploring an Antarctic base and meeting the intrepid souls who live there

15. Crisp and clear blue skies

16. Waking up, looking out the window and gazing out upon the icy waters

17. Feeling like a real explorer instead of just another tourist

18. Penguins cuddling

19. Learning about the history of Antarctic exploration from expert guides

20. Parents feeding baby penguins

21. Taking a fly-cruise to avoid the Drake Passage

22. Walking (carefully) through a penguin colony

23. Enjoying even the stormiest of weather for the experience

24. The moment when it hits you that you’re in freaking Antarctica!

25. Not minding that all your clothes are covered in penguin poop

26. Pre-cruise activities in South America

27. Looking out upon the enormity of the Antarctic continent and suddenly feeling quite small

28. Fulfilling a lifelong dream

29. Penguins slipping on penguin ‘highways’

30. Gazing at the stars on a hopefully clear night

31. Discovering the remains of old whaling villages

32. Listening to great talks on animal life delivered by expert biologists

33. Daring to brave a walk on an ice flow

34. Humpback whales that follow your ship

35. Making new lifelong friends on the cruise

36. Sending a postcard from Antarctica is pretty cool

37. Zooming over the water on a Zodiac boat

38. Getting an angry look from the reptilian Leopard Seal

39. Realizing just how VERY far away you are from the rest of humanity

40. Taking photos – hard to take a bad one in Antarctica

41. Toasting an Antarctic sunset

42. Penguins on an iceberg

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6 Responses

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Incredible! I just need 1 though…penguins!

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  2. Oceana | Barefoot Beach Blonde

    Amazing photos and I love EVERY SINGLE ITEM on your list. I have never even considered Antarctica as a destination to visit, but it is definitely at the forefront of my adventure now! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Also, PENGUINS!

    Reply
    • Matt Long

      That’s so great to hear and yes, PENGUINS! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Jarmo

    So you could’ve just summarized it as Penguins!! just kidding 🙂 Great list, definitely want to visit!

    Reply
  4. Agnes

    Antartica is one of my dream destinations. Wish to got there someday and dance with the penguins. Really, really love these photos.

    Reply
  5. The Travel Sisters

    Great post! Love your pics. Makes us want to go back to Antarctica again.

    Reply

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