Gap Years and Backpacking in Antarctica

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Antarctica may seem like a strange gap year destination but it's on most people's list of ‘things to do before you die' and it's nearly always the last continent that people visit to complete going to all seven continents.

Antarctica is the coldest and driest continent in the world and has the highest average elevation. It's also the most southern continent and has been barely touched by humans. Hardly anyone visits each year and the solitude is almost a draw to the continent in itself.

Antarctica offers some of the most stunning scenery you'll ever see in your life. A blank canvas, it's as pure and as unadulterated as it comes. Living within the pristine beauty and serenity of Antarctica are various species of seals, penguins and birds that are native to the frozen continent.

There are a number of tour operators who organise tours to Antarctica and they usually start around £2,000-£3,000 pounds. Private travel to Antarctica is usually by commercial sea voyages with shore visits, specially mounted land expeditions or sightseeing by air.

If you do get to go to Antarctica while backpacking and travelling, not only will you be doing something that not many get to do, but you'll undoubtedly have the time of your life.


Map of Antarctica


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