The southernmost of the Earth’s mapped five major circles of latitude, the Antarctic Circle is renowned for its extremely icy air, stark wilderness landscapes and exotic wildlife. The continent of Antarctica falls within the area of the Antarctic Circle. Visitors can experience the midnight sun and polar nights, explore the remote landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, view majestic icebergs and spot an array of wildlife such as: humpback whales, leopard seal, penguins, giant petrels and many more. The Crossing of the famed Antarctic Circle is an activity that few others can claim. Enjoy an expedition into this vast white wilderness starring snow, ice, and water in this breathtakingly beautiful winter paradise.
Banking and Currency
Antarctica has no official currency or banking system
Climate and Weather
Antarctica is the coldest continent on earth, and has a climate of extremes. The continent is snow- and ice-covered, with freezing temperatures all year round. So-called "Catabian winds" can cause violent snowstorms that can last for days, and sometimes even weeks, making it very dangerous to stay outside. Antarctica knows periods of continual daylight and darkness, called "polar summer" (end May - Sept) and "polar winter" (end Nov - March).
The polar summer with daytime temperatures between -20°C and -5°C is the only time to travel to Antarctica, because the conditions are too bad during the winter months, with extreme cold temperatures, violent storms, continuous darkness and ice-bound seas.
Note: Be prepared to extreme weather conditions at any time. The Weather can change very quickly in Antarctica, sunshine can change to a serious snowstorm from one moment to another.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations
It is imperative to wrap up warm in Antarctica given its sub-zero temperatures. Required clothing is a mix of foundation or base layer clothing (thermal tops, thermal trousers, gloves, socks), insulating layer clothing (fleece tops, woollen sweatshirts, jackets, trousers) and outer or shell layer clothing (waterproof and windproof trousers, jackets, mittens and gloves). Scarves, insulating head gear, waterproof and insulated boots, goggles and sunglasses are also essential items.
Internet accessibility depends where you are going. Many scientific bases maintain satellite internet and marine satellite links are fast becoming widespread on expedition and tourist ships. Check with the base you will be staying at or ship you will be sailing on. Some vessels and bases even have mobile phone service.
Electricity and Plug Standards
There are no hotels in Antarctica. All tourist accommodation is aboard expedition ships. Contact your specific tour operator to find out what voltage and plug type your ship uses and whether or not the electrical facilities will be compatible with your electronic devices.