What do you know about Antarctica?
Once you decide to travel to Antarctica, you prepare for an amazing adventure. Icebergs, penguins and snow are dominating the landscape, you can expect snowflakes in summer and there is no human habitation beside some research huts. But what do your really know about Antarctica?
Did you know that Ushuaia, the port One Ocean Voyager and One Ocean Navigator are setting sail towards Antarctica, is called ‘the end of the world’?
Did you know that Tierra del Fuego was “discovered” in 1520 by the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan, who named the place first, “Land of Smokes” and later “Land of Fire”, as he saw the smoke from numerous campfires along the coast?
Did you know if you successfully sail around Cape Horn, you can put one leg up on the coffee table when having tea with the Queen of England?
Did you know that while, at 9 kilograms, the Wandering Albatross is far from the heaviest bird, its massive wingspan, stretching 3.5 meters is greater than any other? Putting its size to good use, the Wandering Albatross has been recorded flying an impressive 135 kilometers an hour.
Did you know that 85% of the Earth’s glacial ice is located in Antarctica?
Did you know that the Antarctic continent has been covered by an ice sheet for the last 40 million years?
Did you know that the hole in the ozone layer was discovered at Vernadsky Station, an Ukrainian research station along the Antarctic Peninsula?
Do you want to learn more about the Antarctic Peninsula? Consider one of our classic itineraries ‘Antarctic Peninsula Adventure’ with several departure times this season with a special focus on educational topics such as history, glaciology, ornithology and geography.
Looking for more information? Our agents have extensive experience and knowledge of the areas we visit. Speak with your travel agent or call our experts to learn more.