There are many inspirational books about Antarctica to choose from. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • South by Ernest Shackleton
  • The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler
  • Scott & Amundsen by Roland Huntford
  • No Horizon Is So Far -Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica by Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft
  • End of the Earth by Peter Matthiessen
  • Scott of the Antarctic - The Definitive Biography by David Crane
Antarctic film & literature

Guides & Maps

There will be wildlife guides and maps in most onboard libraries, but you may like to have your own to take with you. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Antarctic Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species of the Antarctic and Subantarctic Environments (Wildlife and Nature Identification) by James Kavanagh
  • Antarctic Marine Wildlife: Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea & Scotia Sea Kindle Edition by Jamie Watts
  • Antarctic Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide by James Lowen
  • Antarctica Cruising Guide: Fourth edition: Includes Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Ross Sea by Peter Carey
Penguins at sunset on the Yalour Islands, Antarctica

Penguins at sunset on the Yalour Islands, Antarctica

Films & TV

  • Shackleton starring Kenneth Branagh
  • The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Expedition directed by George Butler and narrated by family members of the crew (with original footage)
  • BBC Frozen Planet Series narrated by Sir David Attenborough
  • Encounters at the End of the World directed by Werner Herzog

Antarctica landscapes and ice


Discover the best podcasts to introduce you to Antarctic history, science and adventure with our top picks. 

Whether you're looking to listen before you travel, or during your voyage, plug in your headphones and point your browsers to our article on the best podcasts about Antarctica.