If you’re planning a trip to Antarctica, you are probably wondering what is the best way to travel to there? Nowadays you have two options. One is to travel by boat through the infamous Drake passage and the other is to fly directly to the Antarctica Peninsula.
If you choose to travel there by boat you will be traveling through the Drake Passage, an open body of water between South America and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. This can be a treacherous boat ride due to the unpredictable weather, strong currents and gale force winds. Cruises leave from the Southernmost tip of Argentina or Chile and at a minimum take 2 days to cross the passage. To get a good idea of what it feels like to cross the Drake Passage, go squeeze yourself into your washing machine and hit the spin cycle for 2 days straight. Just kidding, don’t do that – just YouTube “The Drake Passage.”
Lucky for you, there are a few Antarctica cruise companies like Antarctica XXI that offer direct flights to Antarctica. This is by far the best way to travel to Antarctica. After you fly to Antarctica you can then enjoy a pleasant cruise around the beautiful continent, but don’t take my word for it. Take a look at the Pro’s and Con’s on why you should fly to Antarctica.
Pro: Spend More time in Antarctica!
Board your flight from Punta Arenas, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina and in just 2 short hours you are on King George Island, Antarctica! The airplanes generally used is a BAE-146. It looks just like a regular plane except it has high wings that allow you to land on shorter runways. If you fly to Antarctica you will gain 4 days, which means more time to explore the incredible continent. And now you have time to head further South to explore the Polar Circle or go on a Sea Kayaking excursion.
Pro: Avoid Getting Seasick!
Even if you are not prone to getting seasick, jumping into the spin cycle can make anyone queasy. When the waters are rough they suggest that you relax in your cabin, lay down and try to enjoy a cup of tea – from a cup with a secure lid that is. Instead of spending your day taking in the sights you’re stuck in bed nauseous. Then once you finally make it to Antarctica you have to turn around and endure the treacherous waters all over again? Leave the Dramamine and patches behind with a smooth 2 hour flight.
Cons: Potential Flight Delays
As with any flight, there can be delays with your flight to Antarctica. The runway is short, so there must be high visibility at the airstrip for landing purposes. While delays are rare, they can happen. But, keep in mind delays can also happen while cross the Drake Passage if the waters are too rough. At least with an air-cruise you’ll be in your hotel waiting for your guide to tell you your flight is ready.
Without a doubt, the best way to travel to Antarctica is by plane. If you fly to Antarctica you will have more time to spend traveling around the beautiful white continent while avoiding discomfort from traveling through rough waters.