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When is the best time to travel to Antarctica

November: The ice is at its most spectacular and it is a time of mating and nesting for penguin and other birds. It is also a time when the dominant male seals establish their harems and territory. December and January: Enjoy the longest days of the summer and the perfect time to see penguin chicks hatching. February and March: It is a time of great wildlife activity with penguins moulting, chicks moving through the adolescent phase and increased whale activity. View our...

Are these trips OK for solo travellers?

Absolutely! It is not uncommon for people to travel to Antarctica solo. What a great way to make new friends! We can book you a twin, triple or quad share room with someone of the same gender (subject to availability) or you can pay a single supplement if you would like your own cabin. Ship life is a very social affair and many lifelong friendships have been made on board. Our Polar Adventure Consultants are here to any all your questions about the gear you will need to...

What is it like on an Antarctic voyage?

Throughout the voyage there will be series of onboard educational lectures by historians, naturalists and photographers. These same experts will then escort you on as many zodiac landings and cruises as possible,  to get up close to the many species of penguin, seal and seabird colonies. There will be opportunities to go hiking, mountaineering, cross country skiing or sea kayaking. It can be as active or inactive as you want it to be. No activity is compulsory At the end...

Do I need a VISA?

While there are no visa requirements to Antarctica. However, if you are travelling to Antarctica to, or extending your stay in, other countries there may be VISA requirements. All travellers must have a valid passport (valid for at least six months after your departure date) plus proof of onward passage to enter Chile or Argentina. Back Track Adventures is a fully licensed travel agency and can give you advice and recommendations, arrange all of your flights, book...

How rough does it get at sea?

Although some cruises experience relatively calm seas throughout, it is best to go prepared for rough seas at least some time during your cruise. Bring seasickness medication just in case. Talk with our Polar Adventure Consultants about any concerns you may have about the seas and sea sickness. Please contact us for more information

What gear do I need to take and what do I need to pack?

On many voyages you will be given a quality waterproof/windproof jacket which you can keep and the loan of rubber boots for shore landings. You may also have access to your own wet weather gear package free of charge, which includes a quality waterproof/windproof jacket and bib-pants as well as insulated, comfortable rubber boots, designed for extended walking. On all voyages,  if you do have your own gear, you are welcome to bring it along. Before you depart: We will...

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend that you book as early as possible. Voyages fill fast and the longer you leave it, it may be hard to book the berth and/or cabin you prefer. Many departures fill up a year or more in advance. There are on occasion last minute special offers, but if you have special timing and ship requirements it is best to book early. Speak with our Polar Adventure Consultants to discuss voyage and cabin availability. Please contact us for more information.

Can I extend my trip?

Yes – and we recommend it! Many of our clients combine their Antarctic adventure with further travel in South America. With 30 years of experience in adventure travel, particularly travel to South America, we can offer sound advice and recommendations to help you make the most of your holiday time. Back Track Adventures is a fully licensed travel agency and can give you advice and recommendations, arrange all of your flights, book pre and post trip accommodation...

Do I need Travel Insurance?

YES! You can not travel on any Antarctic voyage without travel insurance. Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all Antarctic voyage. Your will need travel insurance that covers accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. We would also recommend that you insurance cover...

What are the fitness and health requirements for an Antarctic Voyage?

Overall, a good level of fitness is recommended to ensure you get the most from your Antarctic holiday experience. No immunisations are required for travel into Antarctica. If you are extending your stay in Argentina or Chile, or anywhere in South America, you should check the immunisation and health recommendations for these countries. If you are considering and Expedition Extra such as Kayaking on your Antarctic holiday you will need to speak with one of our Polar...