The last continent to be explored by man, it still conjures up images of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton one hundred years after their extraordinary feats of bravery. It is the driest and windiest continent, an ice desert. A few thousand tourists visit every year on cruise ships. The world's largest penguin population is a huge draw, along with the opportunity of seeing huge icebergs and experiencing the vastness and isolation of the continent.

Numerous countries have conflicting, unrecognised and unresolved territorial claims on the continent. Several thousand scientists are stationed there from different countries. Robert Scott's dilapidated cabin at Hut point beneath the towering Mount Erebus volcano.


Antarctica has no flag

Why you should go:

Because it bewitches everyone who lays eyes on it.

Why you shouldn't:

You get seasick easily.

Map of Antarctica