The National Digest

Antarctica travel: 11 Thrilling Adventures in a Land of Ice

Once upon a time there was basically only one way for an ordinary person to visit Antarctica — climbing aboard a small cruise ship and visiting the frozen continent en masse with hundreds of other passengers.

Since the legendary Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first traveler’s expedition in 1966, visiting the Antarctic has been on the travel bucket list of many dedicated globetrotters.
Most of the more than 50,000 tourists who visited Antarctica during the 2017-18 season were on cruises, but many cool and highly creative new ways to experience the bottom of the Earth have emerged in recent years.
The latest generation of close encounters of the Antarctic kind runs a broad gamut from marathon running and downhill skiing excursions to sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and even overnight camping.