Tourist Hints & Tips

What to take? 

Travelling to a destination as extreme and remote as Antarctica and ensuring you’ve packed all those essentials to ensure your trip is memorable for all the rights reasons is challenging.   

We have put together a few hints and tips that we have gleaned through experience and speaking to other travellers:



  • Layers, layers, layers! Good quality base layers will help keep your body warm. Several lighter layers will allow you to easily regulate your body temperature.   
  • Hands We recommend a super thick pair of gloves, a thinner pair to use as a liner and a mitten style pair which you can peal back the tips of the fingers so you can easily use your camera.
  • Take plenty of socks You can wear the thin socks as liners, with thick toasty warm ones over the top! Always ensure your socks are kept dry.   
  • Hats The main source of heat loss is through from your head. A good knitted hat will offer insulation. There is of course the added option of a headband. 


  • Hi-factor sunblock, especially on the lips, should be worn at all times!
  • A good pair of polarised sunglasses will help eliminate glare from both the sun on the sea and snow.   
  • If you can add a polarised filter to your camera the filter will manage reflections. If possible, download your photos each day onto a USB memory stick - just in case!
  • A small sized, waterproof bag is great for putting your daily items in when you transfer via the zodiacs. It can be quite tricky to navigate the steps down the side of the ship, into a moving boat whilst hanging onto a bag. 
  • Listen carefully to your expedition team and take their advice!


  • Currency: USD dollars are accepted through South America. At Port Lockroy we prefer for visitors to pay by credit card (except American Express).
  • Sea sickness: If worried, get advise before travel. Whilst on-board passengers should be updated if rough seas are expected. Each ship has a doctor on board.
  • Landings/visits: You will be briefed prior to each landing.
  • Temperature: Temperatures are warmest in January, at 1 - 2°C, and coldest in June, from –15°C - –20°C.
  • Sunshine: Approximately two hours of twilight occur during austral winter days, and nearly 24 hours of sunlight during austral summer.

Where is the Antarctic Peninsula?

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost element of mainland Antarctica, and the only part of the continent of Antarctica that extends outside the Antarctic Circle.

Drake Passage: Tourists depart from Ushuaia, the most southerly tip of South Antarctica and sail across the Drake Passage to the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Drake Passage is notorious for its rough seas and strong winds due to the ‘Circumpolar Current’ that squeezes through this narrow gap. It takes approximately 1 ½ days to cross the Drake Passage.


  • Penguins: Gentoo, Adélie, Chinstrap and Macaroni.
  • Seals: Weddell, Crabeater, Southern Elephant, Leopard and Antarctic Fur Seals.
  • Whales: Blue, Humpback, Minke, Fin, Sperm and Orcas (Killer).
  • Birds: Snow petrels, Blue Eyed/Imperial Shags, Antarctic Skuas, Sheathbills, Cape Petrels and Giant Petrels

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