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How to tick visiting the Antarctic off your bucket list

How to tick visiting the Antarctic off your bucket list

AntarcticaThere are certain places you’ll see in your lifetime that will leave their imprint for decades to come. A vacation in Vanuatu is a lovely way to relax, and you’ll always enjoy seeing the sights in New York or London – but an adventure through the Antarctic? That’s a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to tick off the bucket list!

It’s an achievable if lofty goal, and at least modern travellers can benefit from the path blazed for us by adventurer Edward Shackleton.

After departing London on the 1st August 1914, the legendary sea captain battled for 21 months against the Antarctic elements, becoming stranded for months at a time, before finally reaching safety on the 20th May 1916. At this point, he and his rescue party arrived at the Stromness Whaling Station on South Georgia – but not before losing many men to the sea.

This year, avid Shackleton admirers were able to follow in his footsteps quite literally, 100 years after he and his crew explored the sea and ice during their infamous Imperial Trans-Antarctic ‘Endurance’ Expedition (1914-1917).

Aurora Expeditions will be hosting another ‘In Shackleton’s Footsteps’ centenary voyage in March 2017, inviting intrepid travellers and history buffs to experience Antarctica from the perspective of such an iconic man.

But if March next year is too soon for you to tick this adventure off your bucket list, never fear: Antarctic tours run every year, so you don’t have to worry about missing out.

If you have the funds and the time to dive into this polar adventure next year, here’s what you can expect:

  • An 18-day voyage that retraces Shackleton’s journey, from the Antarctic Peninsula’s Weddell Sea to the subantarctic island of South Georgia.
  • Weather permitting, passengers will be able to walk the final leg of the Shackleton voyage, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, South Georgia.
  • You can sign up to complete the entire two-day crossing of South Georgia, just as Shackleton did back in 1916, if you wish.
  • Visit the grave of the ‘The Boss’, who was laid to rest (at his wife’s request) close to his greatest passion: Antarctica.
  • In South Georgia, one of the most spectacular and remote wilderness regions of the world, you’ll see huge elephant seals gather on beaches, creating a wild cacophony of grunting.

‘In Shackleton’s Footsteps’ departs 8 March 2017 and voyage fares start from US$14,300 per person, including accommodation and meals aboard the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer, all Zodiac cruises and guided shore excursions, and a centenary expedition jacket. Visit Aurora Expeditions for more – and get saving to tick this incredible holiday off your bucket list!