Antarctica is a continent of superlatives.It's the coldest, windiest, driest, iciest, and highest continent on Earth, surrounded by the stormiest ocean in the world. But Antarctica is more than a list of intimidating adjectives.It's also a landscape of intoxicating beauty sculpted from ice, rock and sky, a wildlife watcher's paradise, and a destination of such raw and energizing simplicity that it can yield a lifetime of treasured moments. Our resource person, Dr. Wayne Lynch, has made more than a dozen trips to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.
Most travelers are lured for one or more of the same three reasons: extraordinary polar wildlife with its throngs of noisy penguins and magnificent fast-flying albatrosses, the breaching whales, and the blubbery seals sprawled about on blocks of floating ice like sunbathers at the beach, the exquisite yet simple beauty of sculpted icebergs bathed in the golden glow of the midnight sun. And lastly, they come because Antarctica and its surrounding islands are the wildest and most remote locations on the planet; the last true wilderness whose history is filled with remarkable stories from the heroic age of human exploration.