Essential Information

There's a wealth of information you might need to know before you travel to Antarctica; below you will find what we think is most important for you to know before your exciting trip ahead.

Visas & Travel Documentation

Approaching Neptune's Bellows, Deception Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica

Your nationality and what passport you will be travelling will influence whether you need to apply for a visa to the South American country you are departing from for Antarctica. …

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Getting to your cruise starting location will most likely involve some air travel. Since the majority of cruises embark in either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas, we've compiled a brief …

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Staying Healthy

Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Worried about getting ill on your trip to Antarctica? Read Swoop's advice on staying fit and healthy while you're in Antarctica and the necessary preparations.

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Travel insurance is extremely important when travelling to Antarctica and is a mandatory requirement for all travellers. Travel insurance is not included in the price of your trip …

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Useful Information

As well as the essential information you need to know, there is a lot of other useful information to find out before you travel; below you'll find some interesting information to help you further plan your trip.

Discover Antarctica

You're guaranteed to spot gentoo penguins and icebergs on Antarctica Cruises

Antarctica Cruises

We've teamed up with some of the best cruise operators so that you can choose from over 80 cruise itineraries based on your dates, budget and appetite for adventure.

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A guide to Antarctic travel

A guide to Antarctic travel

Extending almost 14 million square kilometres, the Antarctic ice sheet is the largest single mass of ice on Earth and is twice as big as Australia, with ice up to 2.5 miles thick …

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What our customers think

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Look for the patches you can put behind your ear for sea sickness. Read the full review

Sarah Gillett Switzerland December 2019

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Allow travel time to allow for any problems with flights/luggage, we did not have any but some slack in the programme made this less stressful. Read the full review

Gill & Richard Starling United Kingdom December 2018

Bring good binoculars for broad landscapes. Small (even very good small) binocs do not do justice for viewing birds from the ship and zodiacs, or long distance viewing. Read the full review

Mary Boyle Anderson United States Of America February 2020

Very well organised with excellent information for pre travel preparations. Read the full review

Agatha Reyes Thailand February 2020

We appreciated the information and preparation--felt well-prepared for the trip and therefore able to enjoy. Read the full review

Glenda Durano United States Of America January 2020

An amazing experience but quite hard work given the conditions of being at sea (i am not a sailor clearly!!). Need a reasonable level of fitness and resilience - a journey not to be taken lightly. But if you are prepared, it is very rewarding. Read the full review

Anne-Maree Australia January 2020

Try to eat with different groups at every meal. Everyone that goes to Antarctica is going to have an interesting story! Read the full review

Mukund Shenoy United States Of America December 2019

I loved all the information you have provided to us upfront in order to make this journey an unforgettable experience :) Read the full review

Günter & Sabine Austria December 2019

Pack less than you think, bring sea bands for rough seas, diet before going so you won't feel guilty eating all the wonderful food! Read the full review

Elaine Green United States Of America December 2018

Make sure you take a good camera. Taking photos is such a big part of the enjoyment with the wildlife. Read the full review

Bertie & Jessica Russell United Kingdom March 2017

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