Antarctica: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

Antarctica: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Antarctica


Antarctica is a vast, icy continent located at the southernmost part of the Earth. It boasts stunning landscapes, pristine wilderness, and unique wildlife. Expect to witness breathtaking scenery, including towering icebergs, massive glaciers, and snow-covered landscapes. Conditions permitting, you'll be presented with opportunities to see penguins, seals, whales, and a variety of seabirds in their natural habitat. Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Antarctica aboard an expedition ship, where you'll witness awe-inspiring landscapes, encounter unique wildlife, and immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the southernmost continent, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Time Zone: Argentina Standard Time (GMT-3)

Currency: Argentinian Peso in Argentina; USD and major credit cards onboard the ship

Emergency Number: A satellite phone is available on the ship (for emergencies only)

Outlet: Standard European two round pin plugs

Language: English is the common language spoken on board the ship

Two fur seals in Antarctica.
Penguins along the shore in Antarctica.

Packing List

Packing the right clothing and gear is an important part of preparing for a trip to Antarctica. Please  follow the packing list below to make sure you have everything you need to be prepared and have an enjoyable trip.

  • Life jackets are provided for offshore trips
  • Clothing or gear that can shed or pill, or possibly leave a trace (such as pom-poms on hats) cannot be worn on offshore landings.
  • Clothing needs will vary in weight and warmth whether you are inside the warm ship, on the windy viewing deck, or in freezing temperatures offshore. Layering clothing will be key to making sure you are comfortable wherever you are during this adventure.

The following 3 items will be provided with only the insulated inner jacket to be kept by Travelers after the trip.

  • Expedition Parka (provided on loan during trip)
  • Muck Boots (provided on loan during trip)
  • Insulated Inner Jacket (yours to keep)

  • Jacket - A windbreaker or water-resistant/waterproof jacket for an outer layer and wind protection when on the ship's deck 

  • Waterproof ski pants - For  added warmth
  • Walking/Hiking Trousers - To wear onboard the ship or during your time in Argentina


  • Wrist strap for devices - Keep your camera, phone, etc. safe and secure

  • Headphones

An iceberg tunnel on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Fun Facts

  • Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. The lowest recorded temperature in history, -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 degrees Celsius), was recorded at the Soviet Union's Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983. The average winter temperature on the continent ranges from -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees Celsius) to -94 degrees Fahrenheit (-70 degrees Celsius).
  • Antarctica is covered in ice, holding approximately 90% of the world's ice and about 70% of the planet's fresh water. The ice sheet is over 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) thick in some areas and contains an estimated 26.5 million cubic kilometers of ice.
  • Despite its icy landscape, Antarctica is considered a desert due to its low precipitation levels. The interior of the continent receives an average of only 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snowfall each year, while some coastal areas receive slightly more.
  • Antarctica is home to a variety of unique and fascinating wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales, and seabirds. The continent is particularly known for its large populations of penguins, with species such as Emperor, Adélie, and Gentoo penguins inhabiting the region.
  • Mount Erebus: Mount Erebus is Antarctica's most active volcano. Located on Ross Island, it stands at about 12,448 feet (3,794 meters) tall. Despite its icy surroundings, it has a lava lake in its crater and ongoing volcanic activity, making it a unique geological feature in the frozen landscape.


Tipping Suggestions: $10 per day for the crew, $5 per day for expedition staff - total of $15 per day. Overall about $150 to $200 for the whole trip. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.


Crew USD $10 per day
Expedition Staff USD $5 per day


Do I need a Visa to go to Antarctica? No, but you do need a Visa for Argentina as you will be departing from Ushuaia which is in Argentina.


Do you recommend travel insurance? Please note that traveling to Antarctica requires Trip Insurance. The insurance policy you select must cover accidents, emergency evacuation, sickness (including Covid-19), loss of baggage/personal belongings, and disruption of travel plans. Additionally, a minimum of USD $250,000 coverage for medical repatriation from Antarctica is required. Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Required: Upon booking, please send a photo of your Covid-19 vaccination card to Proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the trip.


What about vaccines? Upon booking, please send a photo of your Covid-19 vaccination card to Proof of vaccination is required in order to participate in the trip.


What is the currency used onboard? USD, but bring Argentinian peso.


What is the activity level of the trip / Do I need a certain level of fitness?  Trips to Antarctica have low physical requirements which means people of all fitness levels without major mobility issues can participate.


Who will I be traveling with? You will be traveling with a diverse group of experienced Travelers of all ages and nationalities! The majority of passengers are aged between 40 and 65 years old


Will I experience seasickness? Antarctic waters can be rough, especially during the voyage through Drake Passage. If you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, it is recommended to talk to your doctor before departing and bring any necessary medications. It is also recommended to bring motion sickness tablets or patches, and avoid eating greasy food or consuming alcohol. There is a doctor on the boat to respond to any emergencies.

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