My Antarctica Odyssey

I became immortal in coldest, wildest, driest and most remote continent on earth, the mighty Antarctica.

Antarctica was my seventh continent. I had accomplished my sole goal of life
travel to all 7 continents.Β I was exuberant that I had visited all the continents on earth.

Exploration in Antarctica was not just geographical, I experienced inner exploration as well. Antarctica was an experience of love and lyrics for me. My heart was filled with emotions. I felt like writing poems.

Continent Antarctica is as close to purity as one can imagine on our planet earth.

Let me take you to my Antarctica odyssey. In brief. Laced in emotions. And pictorial.

In Antarctica, only expedition ships with capacity between 50 to 200 passengers are permitted to sail.Β I was euphoric when I boarded my expedition ship, in the southernmost city of the of world, Ushuaia, in Argentina. Then surviving the hostile drake passage, the violent stretch of ocean between South America and Antarctica.
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And the blessed day. My first zodiac landing in Antarctica continent. I set my eyes on penguins. Countless penguins everywhere. I hiked to all set points for penguin viewing. Spent lot of time observing their movements. Lovingly watched them strutting through snow.

Many cruise landings happened on different islands over several days. I kept gazed at the sculpted beauty of magnificent icebergs.

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And the glory of midnight sun. I tell you sun never sets for six months of summer in continent Antarctica.
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Not to forget the volcanic Antarctica. Ash layered glaciers. Intertwined patterns. Again a charisma of nature I witnessed in mighty Antarctica.
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Saw good looking seals lazing around. At one point I was so close, extended my hand saying, ‘hey handsome’ and he responded with grand smile.
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White continent Antarctica. Snow white panorama and snow white bird. Absolute stunner. Merging in Antarctica landscape, she was Snow Petrel. The most beautiful bird of continent Antarctica, I saw during my expedition

Have a glimpse of my daring polar plunge.

And the lively Christmas mood on board.
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If you want to know about human life in Antarctica, you will be disappointed. That way Antarctica is like an alien planet. Here in the name of humans we have just two categories. First category belongs to researchers in scientific stations of different countries. Second category belongs to travelers on expedition. Occupants of research stations live within their facilities in Antarctica. And travelers stay in their ship as there is no hotel or any other facility to stay anywhere in Antarctica. Though they can visit a research base as I did.
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Continent Antarctica is regulated by Antarctic Treaty, in force since year 1959.Β Antarctica is the only continent on earth where all nations work in harmony under Antarctica treaty.

Few glimpses of my Antarctica odyssey in this short video. Enjoy.

You can also read extensive stories on my Antarctica odyssey in 30-part series.

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85 Comments

  1. First of all, a big congratulations on this achievement. We are sure you are amongst a very few who have been able to do this. Amazing pictures, will go through your series too πŸ™‚

  2. Oh wow, wow, wow! This is absolutely amazing!!! I am lost for words (and let me tell you, it doesnt happen often! πŸ˜€ ) i love everything about your post and your pictures… that would be for me a true ‘bucket list’.

  3. my teacher in third grade told me her goal in life was to travel to all seven continents and I have always wanted to do so as well. I have so far been to 4 – n. america, s. america, asia and europe! I would love to do this trip someday. these photos are incredible!

  4. I guess Antarctica will also be my last continent. But first I have to visit the easier to reach continents.
    I really admire the people who go to Antarctica.

  5. I admire you. You just got yourself a regular follower. Antartica summarized in the simplest way and beautifully. I am so intrigued to read the complete series. Even more than that I want to board a ship to Antartica.

  6. Oh my word what an amazing adventure! This is something you’ll be talking about for years I’m sure… What an incredible landscape, thanks for sharing!

  7. Such a motivational post, Antartica has been in my impossible to travel list since I’m not a fan of winter and snow well it’s really beautiful to look at but not to be on it. I’m hoping to overcome my not so winter fan and launch a travel in Antartica why not! thank you for this wonderful post you did surely moved me.

  8. Absolutely breathtaking pictures, I cannot wait to get to Antarctica myself! I’m planning to go in 2019. I have other friends who also went last year and their stories were so inspiring it got me planning and now I’m looking at your post and it seems even more encouraging and inspiring. What a lovely experience it would’ve been!

  9. well done on the achievement of having officially visited all continents on planer earth! Antarctica does looks amazing and worth saving up. cool pics and video,

  10. Interesting experience! I don’t think I want to travel to places having that cold climate (my gf convinced me recently to travel to Iceland on one of our future trips. But Antartica? Ddifferent story.) Looking at your pictures you sure had fun though

  11. It’s a,amazing that you’ve got to travel to all 7 continents must be such a proud accomplishment πŸ˜€ – I would love to do expedition to Antarctica at some point in my travels, your pictures are enticing me even more to go πŸ˜€

  12. I have been to Patagonia in December but I didn’t go down to Ushuaia because I would have ended up bankrupt, on a ship to Antarctica. This is one of my biggest travel dreams, to see Antarctica and its penguins. I have actually met a girl on the island of Chiloe who was coming from a cruise and told me some fascinating stories (including about the violent pass that you have to cross).

  13. Wooohooo.. All 7 continents!! That’s quite an achievement. Congratulations!! I love the pictures – the penguins, blanket of ice and everything else. Cheers!!

  14. You are so brave , girl! Amazing goal to visit all continents and Artatica looks so cold but so cool!
    After the picture of the sun never going down for 6 months I am totally in love with this place!

  15. WOW! Seven continents. That’s great, written well with some great shots which take us to Antarctica, on a journey along with. Watching Penguins and other wildlife must have been a great experience. Thanks or sharing.

  16. Wow!! I never thought I would actually get to see someone actually making it to Antarctica. I so plan to visit all around the globe some day. You are an inspiration. Really appreciate what you do. Keep it going :).

  17. My ultimate travel goal is to visit all seven continents – that’s amazing that you’ve achieved that! I’m jealous πŸ˜‰ You are an incredible woman!

  18. I’ve been dreaming of going to this part of the globe, I’m a summer person but I would really love to experience this kind of heavy snow and see those penguins running like muffins around. I did love your story looking forward for more. thanks for sharing.

  19. Wow…..this is a great achievements and I must confess it is really great .
    I also saw beautiful pictures which is a sign that yes, you enjoyed the adventure. It is really great having the privilege to read about a great accomplished work.

  20. I’m actually a fan of your adventures, I’ve been rooting for you travels, I’m so jealous at the same time proud of you that you have crossed the globe and explore so much places that I would love to visit as well. If you have an extra baggage you can fill me inside so I can travel with you. cheers!

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