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Antarctica

Country: Antarctida

Explore Antarctica!

Antarctica is a mysterious continent, all covered with blue ice, attractive and inaccessible. And therefore, probably, the most attractive for tourists who are thirsty for real adventures. Whether it will be kayaking among icebergs or an expeditionary landing on the Zodiac floating vessels to get acquainted with penguins, seals, fur seals, or watching mighty giants - whales - from the water - it's up to you! But unforgettable sensations from Antarctica are guaranteed to you!

Tours to Antarctica are expensive, especially if it's on an icebreaker or a luxury boat, but does cost really matter when it comes to a unique experience discovering this rugged region? Unlike the Arctic and the North Pole, there are more severe climatic conditions here (temperature fluctuations range from +20 to -91 degrees Celsius), while the flora and fauna are surprisingly diverse - animals and birds (albatrosses, skuas, penguins) are found by tourists in large quantities. Incredible combination of sky-blue icebergs above the edge of blue water and dark peaks of mountains leave the most indelible sensations!
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Antarctica is the Earth's southernmost continent, underlying the South Pole. It is situated in the Antarctic region of the southern hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14.0 million km2 (5.4 million sq mi), it is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice, which averages at least 1.6 kilometres (1.0 mi) in thickness.

Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Antarctica is considered a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm (8 inches) along the coast and far less inland. There are no permanent human residents but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Only cold-adapted plants and animals survive there, including penguins, seals, nematodes, tardigrades, mites, many types of algae and other microorganisms, and tundra vegetation.

Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis ("Southern Land") date back to antiquity, the first confirmed sighting of the continent is commonly accepted to have occurred in 1820 by the Russian expedition of Mikhail Lazarev and Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen. The continent, however, remained largely neglected for the rest of the 19th century because of its hostile environment, lack of resources, and isolation. The first formal use of the name "Antarctica" as a continental name in the 1890s is attributed to the Scottish cartographer John George Bartholomew.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by twelve countries. To date, forty-six countries have signed the treaty. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, supports scientific research, and protects the continent's ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists of many nationalities and with various research interests.

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For travellers to Antarctica

Antarctica’s native land animals are all small invertebrates. They include mites, lice, springtails, midges and fleas, many of which are parasites of seals and birds. The largest animal that permanently dwells on land in Antarctica is a wingless midge that grows to just over 1cm long. Only a few bird species breed in Antarctica, among them are penguin specie, snow petrels, Antarctic petrels and South Polar skuas. Approximately 45 species of birds breed south of the Antarctic Convergence. Compared to Antarctica’s relative barrenness, the Southern Ocean teems with life. With krill as the basis of its food web, the Southern Ocean supports a wealth of fish, seal, whale and seabird species. Of greatest interest among Antarctica’s marine life are the marine mammals: whales and seals. While wildlife may not seem to be concerned about your presence you may in fact be causing it considerable stress. A single thoughtless gesture can cause the loss of an egg or chick to a predator, or the crushing of a seal pup by a frightened adult.

Tour operator Ada Tours will be happy to help organize a trip to Antarctica as part of a group tour or develop your personal individual itinerary in Antarctica. The continent can be reached by plane (the most expensive route) or by an expedition ship capable of crossing the difficult and dangerous Drake Passage. We will help you to immerse yourself in this continent as much as possible - to see the animals of Antarctica, birds and penguins. You will be able to enjoy the ice and icebergs, see the blue seas and rare pieces of land not covered with ice with amazing flora, close either to the tundra or to the meadows. Talk to scientists at the polar stations of the southernmost continent about the uniqueness of this region and its problems associated with ozone holes or the melting of the ice sheet of our planet.
An expedition to Antarctica, especially when it comes to conquering the South Pole of the Earth, is a complex and long-term preparation, with the study of all aspects of the journey. We will be happy to help you bring any travel idea into your life!


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The Leasure in Antarctica

Tour operator Ada Tours will be happy to help organize a trip to Antarctica as part of a group tour or develop your personal individual itinerary in Antarctica. The continent can be reached by plane (the most expensive route) or by an expedition ship capable of crossing the difficult and dangerous Drake Passage. We will help you to immerse yourself in this continent as much as possible - to see the animals of Antarctica, birds and penguins. You will be able to enjoy the ice and icebergs, see the blue seas and rare pieces of land not covered with ice with amazing flora, close either to the tundra or to the meadows. Talk to scientists at the polar stations of the southernmost continent about the uniqueness of this region and its problems associated with ozone holes or the melting of the ice sheet of our planet.
An expedition to Antarctica, especially when it comes to conquering the South Pole of the Earth, is a complex and long-term preparation, with the study of all aspects of the journey. We will be happy to help you bring any travel idea into your life!

Bespoke travel itineraries and Tours to Antarctica by Tour Operator Ada Tours