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Monday, September 10, 2012

Attractions And Sightseeing On Antarctica

You may not expect it, but there is much to visit, see and admire at Antarctica. The Antarctic Peninsula for instance offers tourists gorgeous views of the Antarctic Andes and Lemaire Channel is known for its picture-perfect scenes.

The Antarctic Peninsula also has several hot springs, is home to penguin colonies at Deception Island, has the most research stations, and a museum at Port Lockroy.

Ross Sea is probably the most visited due to the amazing sights on and around Ross Island such as the active volcano Mount Erebus, Mount Terror, and the Transarctic Mountain Chain.

On the South Pole you will find the permanent Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station which is named after the first two dare-devils who set foot on the South Pole. The research station is home to around 50 researchers and has a ceremonial South Pole marker in front of it, but is the hardest and harshest place to reach.

West Antarctica has the most contrasting elevation levels on this continent and you have the opportunity to attend guided climbing expeditions here.

East Antarctica, although not a well-known tourist destination, includes Mawson's Huts and the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility.

Even though the water is extremely cold, it provides an abundance of food and therefore many opportunities for observing blue whales, orcas, penguins, seals, sea birds, and lots of fish.

Many migratory birds have their nesting grounds here and you can literally camp out with the Emperor penguins by taking a photo safari tour which some travel agencies offer.

With all that snow and ice and so much to see, you better protect yourself against snow-blindness. So, don't forget to bring your sunglasses!

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