Our grading system explained
- Expedition Grade
- Area: approximately 14 million square kilometres.
- Wildlife: Common wildlife include penguins, orcas, blue whales and fur and leopard seals.
- Record temperature: The coldest ever recorded temperature on Earth was in Antarctica, at -89.2 degrees in 1983. Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth.
- Population: There is no permanent human population, only temporary scientific research teams. It is the largest remaining wilderness on Earth to remain relatively untouched by human impact.
- Location: Home of the South Pole.
- Ownership: Antarctica is not owned by any country or run by any government, but has been regulated by the Antarctic Treaty System since 1961, with 53 member countries as of 2015.
- Visa requirements: No visa is required to visit Antarctica, however permission from the Antarctic Treaty's Protocol on Environment Protection is granted when booking through your tour operator.
- Did you know: Antarctica makes up for approximately 90% of the Earth’s entire ice.
- FCDO advice: FCDO travel advice for Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory