Antarctica is home to the ultimate adventure. Whether you're kayaking among icebergs, hiking on glaciers, or simply observing the massive amount of wildlife—think: multiple species of whales, seals, and penguins—you're soaking up everything the Great White Continent has to offer. Check out our list of things you simply can't miss while visiting Antarctica.
1. Humpback Whales in Wilhelmina Bay
A species of baleen whale, humpbacks are known for their distinctive and dramatic surface behaviors, including breaching, headrises, pec slaps, and flukes, making them very exciting to observe. These migratory whales typically travel up to 16,000 miles a year—no other mammal on Earth migrates as far as the humpback whale.
The Lemaire Channel is a narrow strait surrounded by cliffs and glaciers that runs seven miles in length and just under a mile wide. This scenic route is one of the most photogenic spots in all of Antarctica, and has even been dubbed the 'Kodak Gap.' Grab your camera and get ready for some amazing photos and breathtaking landscapes.
Chinstrap penguins are named for the narrow black band under their heads. While they can only reach up to two miles per hour when waddling, chinstrap penguins will often 'toboggan' by laying on their stomachs and sliding across the ice and snow, using their flippers and feet for propulsion, steering, and braking.
Deception Island is known for its controversial whaling history, and the fight between Great Britain, Argentina, and Chile over its sovereignty. The center of the island is a caldera, formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption that later flooded. This created the 24-square-mile basin-like harbor of Port Foster, the entrance to which is the narrow, 1,840-foot-wide Neptune's Bellows.