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Cheap flights to Antarctica

Antarctica

For most Canadians, Antarctica isn't the first place that comes to mind when planning an escape from Canadian weather. However, the ice-covered giant offers some spectacular sights that can't be found anywhere else. Antarctica is the only place where you can get close to the penguins and massive icebergs, or swim through Deception Bay. Antarctica is an extraordinary, isolated getaway from daily routine, perfect for experienced travellers. Though it can be difficult to travel to Antarctica, the experience makes it well worth it. Some international airlines fly into the mainland airport, Teniente R. Marsh (TNM), but no regular public service flights are scheduled. To find the best route, SkyScanner offers a search tool to find flights from Canada to Antarctica.

Cost

Travelling from Canada to Antarctica is not cheap, but for many it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is nowhere else in the world that offers the same incredible climate and sights. Since it can be expensive and difficult to reach Antarctica, it is recommended to travel for at least two weeks. That will allow enough time to enjoy everything Antarctica has to offer. For a two-week trip, it is possible to get lucky and find a last minute deal for around $5,000 USD, but it is unlikely. It is standard to spend about $10,000-$14,000 for the whole trip.

How to get there

Most tourists visit Antarctica via direct cruise, but that can be inefficient. The easiest method is a flight to King George island, then a cruise to the Antarctic mainland. These fly-cruise trips make the journey a lot easier, as they avoid the often-rough Drake Passage. However, it is also possible to fly directly from Australia, Argentina, Chile or South Africa. Flying directly is definitely the easiest way to get there, but the trips are infrequent and unpredictable, so it can be tough to plan. SkyScanner's search tool showcases the best opportunities for flights to Antarctica.

When to visit

The weather is a significant factor in planning a trip to Antarctica, as harsh conditions can make it dangerous to travel there. It is important to be prepared for significant delays or even cancellations during bad weather. Between April and October, the continent is dark and freezing, so it is generally a bad time to visit. The best time to travel is during the summer in the Southern Hemisphere, which falls between November and March. Wildlife will be abundant, since it is mating season for many birds, including penguins. Visiting during this timeframe offers more consistent weather, meaning it is much safer. During this time, it is possible to watch penguins hatch and fledge, while whales can be spotted off the coast.

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