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
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. …
Swoop’s advice on money matters while travelling, budgeting & tipping.
What to Wear
Swoop’s advice on what to pack in order to be prepared for The White Continent.
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 …
Health & Illness
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.
Travel insurance is extremely important when traveling to Antarctica and is a mandatory requirement for all travelers. Travel insurance is not included in the price of your trip. …
The snowy peaks are mesmerising, but don't forget to keep one eye on the water for humpback whales fluking.
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.
Food and Drink On Board
You might be curious about the food on board, or you might need to request a special diet.
Books & Films
Before you go we strongly recommend you dip into some of the truly inspiring Antarctic literature.
Internet & Electricity
Wifi, Internet and SIM cards, how to stay connected even in Antarctica.
Helpful advice, everything from which lens is best to extending your battery life in cold weather.
Things to do in Chile and Argentina
Swoop’s suggestions and tips of what there is to do as you pass through South America, before or after you visit Antarctica.
Other information that might be useful to know before you travel.
Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
This is the classic way to see Antarctica, and most cruises take you only to this part of Antarctica. A typical cruise will start out from Ushuaia and explore all that the …
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.
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 …
The Best Time to Visit Antarctica
Antarctica is accessible to visitors from November - March, each month however has its own particular characteristics. Swoop's Weather & Wildlife Guides can help you decide …
What our customers think
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.
Gill & Richard Starling United Kingdom December 2018
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!
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.
Bertie & Jessica Russell United Kingdom March 2017