Some of the adventures on this list may sound crazy, but they make for some really great bragging rights! I mean, who else can say they camped out in Antarctica under the stars? Jumped in the continent’s freezing cold water just for fun? Or, completed a marathon in their harsh weather conditions?
With only about 35,000 tourists visiting each year, why not make yourself one of them? Create new memories, face your fears and challenge yourself on these thrilling adventures.
Lemaire Channel is one of the top tourist destinations in Antarctica. It’s a steep-sided channel that’s approximately 5,250ft wide, runs for about seven miles and is located between the mountains of Booth Island. The scenery is said to be absolutely incredible.
Okay, so jumping into ice cold water sounds crazy, but, according to visitors it’s totally worth it. One person said: “It was an amazing experience. The water was incredibly cold, and oddly enough the air was not so bad once you got out. Coming out of the water it's as if a hazy film has been cleared from your mind that you didn't even realize was there before. You can try to 'be here, now' all you want, but it's not half as effective as a good quick freeze to put your mind squarely in your surroundings.”
Imagine being able to say you ran a marathon in Antarctica – now that’s something to brag about! The Antarctic Ice Marathon will take place on Nov. 24, 2016. It’s located a few hundred miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains. If you prefer a half-marathon, opt for the Frozen Continent Half-Marathon instead.
Now that you have experienced Antarctica from the ground; why not view it from above? The best months to hike are December and January, when the weather is the warmest. One of the most popular mountains to climb is Mt Vinson.