How can I visit Antarctica?

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A year ago I was reading some magazine, and found out that there is availability to get a trip to Antarctica.
Unfortunately, there was no info about how I could get there.
Do you know anything about it? Best way to get there, best route, maybe some feedback?

Best Answer

Almost all tourist methods leave from Ushuia, in Argentina. You could get work on a boat, book a cruise, or take a tour with GAP Adventures, among others. However, there is almost NO cheap option.

However, if you're after a cheaper option and have some time to spare, arrive in November. It's the start of the season and many of the boats aren't full. As such, they often offer 50% off the prices of trips to Antarctica. It's still expensive, but a massive saving!

November is also a good time to visit the area, with El Calafate up north being a gateway to the glaciers, mountains and national parks. Perito Moreno glacier has to be seen to be believed!

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Can I visit Antarctica on my own?

Since no country owns Antarctica, no visa is required to travel there. If you are a citizen of a country that is a signatory of the Antarctic Treaty, you do need to get permission to travel to Antarctica. This is nearly always done through tour operators.

How much does it cost to go to the Antarctic?

Our experts share their inside knowledge and money-saving tips to help you answer the question \u201cHow much does it cost to go to Antarctica?\u201d The average Antarctica cruise cost is about $8,000 per person. The least expensive expeditions start at under $5,000. Luxury voyages can exceed $15,000 per person.

How do tourists get to Antarctica?

The best way to get to Antarctica is either by ship or plane from the southern tip of South America. Tourist ships depart all summer from Ushuaia, Argentina, and take roughly 48 hours to reach Antarctica. The second option is a 2 hour flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island where you board a ship.

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Answer 2

Work in Antarctica:

USA vacancies:

Degree Requirements M.S. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field is required. B.S. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field and substantial (equivalent to a masters degree) experience will be considered.

Russian vacancies (from here):

  • Meteorologist-aktinometrist
  • Geophysicist - ionosphere expert, riometrist, magnetologist
  • Aerologist and Radiolocator-technician
  • System administrator, developer
  • Specialist on environmental protection equipment
  • Hydrologist
  • Radio Engineer (modern radio communication expert)
  • Surgeon or anesthesiologist
  • Mechanic-technician
  • "Pisten bully Polar-300" driver, etc
  • Electric and gas welder-driver
  • Cook

Answer 3

Another approach you can take involves getting seasonal work as an unskilled laborer in support of one of the governments doing research there. In particular I think Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and Russia have big Antarctic programs and thus employ a lot of civilians.
If you're looking for a job at one of the American stations, almost all hiring is done through Raytheon

Answer 4

I believe most of the most popular route is by cruise ship and the most common departure port is Ushuaia, Argentina.

Answer 5

Become a researcher in an Earth/Planetary Science department or in a lab that studies the physics of ice. The department I'm in at Brown University does send expeditions to study the dry ice valleys in Antarctica (to study parallels with Martian climate).

Alternatively, do research on penguins (though there are not many penguin researchers in the world).

E.g. the University of Washington Polar Science Center

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