Top tip: Stand by for Drake’s Passage
Antarctica is the fifth largest and southernmost continent on Earth, almost twice the size of Australia and bigger than Europe. Despite 98% of it being covered in ice measuring over one mile in thickness, Antarctica is still considered a desert because of the minimal amount of rainfall.
Between mid-October and the beginning of March it is possible to reach the Antarctica peninsula, usually leaving from the Argentine port of Ushuaia.
Temperatures can plummet to -20 degrees Celsius before taking into account the wind chill factor so it is imperative to wear layers, with ‘peak layering’ (the ideal number of layers), being about four: thermal base layer; a mid-layer fleece/sweatshirt; a jacket and a waterproof shell or down-filled parka. Don’t neglect your head, hands and feet – a thermal base layer is vital for these too, together with insulated boots, goggles and sunglasses.
Facts and Figures
|Area||14,000,000 km2 (5,400,000 sq miles)|
|Population||0 (non-permanent 1000-5000)|
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