Here’s How You Can Travel to Antarctica

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Believe it or not, you can actually travel to the 7th Continent if you so desire. Although it’s completely covered in ice, and although it’s basically separated from the rest of the world, it’s actually pretty accessible—if you’re truly dedicated, that is. In the 2016-2017 season, over 45,000 people traveled to Antarctica, and here’s how you can do it too!

How To Get There

The way most people get to Antarctica is by going through Buenos Aires, Argentina. Once they’re there, they take another three and a half hour flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. From there, you’ll be able to take an expedition vessel to Antarctica by sea. This final leg of the trip is called the Drake Passage, which is 600 miles long and usually a day and a half long.

When You Can Go

The most ideal time to take a trip like this is from the late spring till the early fall, for obvious reasons. Due to the freezing cold temperatures, those months are actually the only time where the sea ice is melted enough to ensure passage. However, it’s important to remember that in the southern hemisphere, everything is the opposite, so late spring to early fall actually means October to March.