Antarctica Trip Planner

Know Your Trip Budget for Your Dream Vacation to Antarctica

How to plan a trip to antarctica

Ever imagined a huge white unending canvas which is as pristine as beauty can get? Well if you have not then probably visiting Antarctica is a great option. The idea of igloos and Eskimos has been a part of the child fantasy world since forever and the reality of this can only be found in Antarctica. Full of rocks, stones, ice, snow- visiting this country is definitely not for the faint hearted and not even for people who do not have a special relationship with winter. Because, the sun hardly ever provides warmth here and no commitment to the cold temperature is just not going to help you in any way.

Visa Procedure

Antarctica is not really owned by any particular country or continent so the visa procedure is nullified. However, as a protocol for environment conservation, all the countries need permission to get to Antarctica and this is done only through tour operators that are connected to the largest group of tour operators functioning in Antarctica. Just remember to have a valid passport for atleast 90 days since your schedule date of arrival and you are good to go.

When to go                                         

Weather wise, there is really no best time to visit Antarctica. But if you want to visit at a time that offers you plentiful of memorable experiences, then January to March is the best time. The travel costs will depend on which country do you plan to get in from as Antarctica tickets are never really cheap by budget standards. January is a lovely time because penguins start to hatch and there is a lot of wildlife that you can witness. Mid February to March is the best time for whale spotting and most wildlife enthusiasts plan to visit during this time as the temperatures also calm down.

Things to do

Although the whole of Antarctica is a sight to behold, the best things to do in Antarctica are as follows. Remember to have your own experience with the penguins. If you wish to swim in slightly human temperatures, then the Deception bay is definitely a great option. There is a volcano present here so the temperatures remain warm. Zodiac Cruises are definitely an activity to be put in your Antarctica travel guide. Lemaire Channel is another mesmerizing sight which is full of ice bergs and is straight out of a dream. Apart from this going for a wildlife experience or even Kayaking is one of the best things to do. Some of the other places to definitely include in your Antarctica itinerary are- South Pole, Anver Island/Anvord Bay, south Shetland Islands and Mc Murdo Sound.

Get in and around

The only way to get in is through planes, cruises, yachts or coastal stations. The ways to get around are very primitive so you can experience the fun of riding on Ponies, sledges and dogs, skis, tractors, snow cats to absorb the entire vibe. But, apart from this boats, helicopters and airplanes are used to get around Antarctica.

Hotels and Food

There are no hotels or lodges on the continent so you need to set up tents or stay back in the boats or cruises or expedition sites set up by your tour operators. Although there are no local food trends set here as nobody is allowed to reside permanently, but two dishes that have found their way through generations is sledging biscuits and Pemmican. Rest assured, you are sure to have a really snow filled vacation.

How much does it cost to travel to Antarctica

Plan your trip to Antarctica with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Antarctica is USD 45 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 180. For getting around Antarctica, you will need a rough figure of USD 47 per day. For detailed Antarctica trip cost calculator, use Antarctica Trip Planner.

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