Painfully beautiful and ruggedly beautiful, remote Antarctica is unlike any other destination on earth and defies the imagination. The land is a vast landscape of white ice, dotted with towering mountains untouched by mankind and blessed by the thriving wildlife in this snow-capped enclave. Take the time to marvel at the many wonders of this incredible peninsula where the ice-filled canals are surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes and the experience of a lifetime becomes reality. An opportunity to sail the White Continent by yacht is to truly satisfy the explorer who is inside.
On a yacht charter, wake up to a visual feast of floating icebergs and enjoy excursions with expert guides on the ice, and venture beyond the horizon by submarine and helicopter . To familiarize yourself with every aspect of this sparkling world, soak up the spectacle and immerse yourself fully in all that Antarctica is.
Timing is of the essence on an Antarctic cruise and varies so much during the short discovery season. In November and December, in late spring and early summer, the sun is strong over the frozen landscapes, forcing the ice to shatter berries releasing huge floating icebergs. It's also a time when wildlife actively feeds and reproduces: penguin colonies bustle with lively courtship rituals, humpback minke whales and southern right whales arrive, and fur seals and elephants donate. birth. It is also the perfect season for avid photographers to capture the magnificent Antarctic twilight.
In summer, January and February see the longest days, averaging nearly 24 hours of daylight and the temperature reaching a tropical degree of 1 or 2 degrees Celsius (33-35F). This is when the ice begins to break further south and this softened ice provides the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle or the Weddell Sea and venture beyond. During the summer months, the wildlife really comes to life: penguin chicks hatch, leopard seals hunt their prey, whales feed and there are crabeater seals to see, resting on floating shepherds.
In the fall, early March, the sun begins to descend further below the horizon and night darkness resumes. The colder nights of Antarctica provide magnificent patterns of thin sea ice and it is during this time that the Falkland Islands and South Georgia are teeming with vast concentrations of wildlife. Penguin chicks soar and make their way to life at sea, humpback whales perform magnificent breaching displays, and thousands of stray fur seal pups and albatross chicks can be seen in South Georgia.
Set this destination apart from anywhere else in the world is the unique amount of wildlife that visitors can observe while chartering the Antarctic Peninsula. With a feast for the senses every day, the rare chance to witness a parade of such amazing wildlife is something to savor. Guides will leave early to explore the drop-off sites to find the best places to visit, taking into account weather conditions and the proliferation of wildlife, and will work alongside the captain to create the best opportunities. The plans are flexible as exclusive wildlife encounters may become possible at any time in this changing environment.
Whale watching is one of the most breathtaking experiences in the pristine backdrop of Antarctica. As the yacht passes through the Antarctic Convergence, the outside temperature drops, making the meeting of the two bodies of water rich in nutrients and providing superb marine sightings, which may even include hourglass dolphins.
When traveling by yacht in this extraordinary region, there are vast choices available, all depending on the ice and weather conditions of the moment. Your experienced captain and crew will expertly navigate some of the world's most magical waterways - a notable crossing is the 11km Lemaire Channel where sheer cliffs line the ice-filled passage that is only 700m wide at its narrowest point.
On board, your team of experienced guides and discovery leaders have made numerous trips to Antarctica. They will carefully design your adventure using their endless expertise to maximize the 18-20 hours of daylight available. Maybe take a Zodiac cruise around the towering blue-hued ice formations, walk over icy landscapes where penguin rookeries and seal colonies take over, or kayak around the shepherds to hear the ice crack. and see the whales feeding nearby.
It may also be possible to visit a working science base to chat with locals and learn about life in such an extraordinary climate. In late February and March, with the ice breaking up, it is possible to sail further east into the Weddell Sea to observe tabular icebergs passing by seals and penguins. In addition, under favorable conditions, it is possible to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers and cross the Antarctic Circle at 66 ° 33 'south latitude.
Nicholas Dean is Managing Partner of Ocean independence. Ocean Independence is a world leader in luxury yachting, providing a tailored experience in yacht charter, sale and management.
The best time to visit Italy are the months of May, June, and September. Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, these months offer more comfortable temperatures and there are fewer crowds ( except around Easter ). The country experiences four classic seasons per year, although there is a marked difference between the wetter, cooler North and the drier, warmer South. The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.
Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.
Winter : temperatures in the South remain mild in winter, while Northern Italy is normally wet and cold. Winter in the Italian Alps is fantastic though for skiing and snowboarding, but the ski resorts do get crowded so book early.
Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or saut the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.
Although Rome is the main getaway for most visitors to Italy, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly directly to/from one of the country’s other airports. It can also save you a lot of time to book a multi-city ticket, hereby arriving in one airport and leaving from another ( for example fly in via Milan in the north and fly out Naples in the south ). The following airports are of interest for most tourist itineraries :
Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.