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Quick Facts about Antarctica Inland & South Pole

Antarctica is the fifth largest continent with an area of 5.5 million square miles. Most of Antarctica is a polar desert with annual precipitation of 200 mm along the coast and far less inland. The only residents of Antarctica are those who live throughout the year at research stations scattered across the continent.

Antarctica is divided in two by Trans-antarctic Mountains close to the neck between the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. The portion west of the Weddell Sea and east of the Ross Sea is called West Antarctica and the reminder East Antarctica.

The highest peak in Antarctica, is Vinson Massif at 4,892 m (16,050 ft) which is located in the Ellsworth Mountains (West Antarctica).  Lake Vostok is the largest sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica.

The South Pole, is also known as the Geographic South Pole or Terrestrial South Pole. It is the southernmost point of the surface of Earth. It is also the site of the United States Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which was established in 1956. The mean annual temperature at the South Pole is –49.5 °C (–57.1 °F).

While most of the Antarctica tourists head to the coastal Peninsula areas, there are tours available if you desire to visit the continent itself, including South Pole. Less than 2% of the total Antarctica visitors visit inland including South Pole. You will fly by airplanes from Punta Arenas (Chile) to Union Glacier or from Cape Town (South Africa) to Whichaway Camp. From there, you can either head to Mount Vinson Base Camp, South Pole Camp or Gould Bay camp during Emperor penguin breeding season (from Nov to early Dec).

Top 5 Reasons to visit Antarctica Inland & South Pole

  • The ultimate adventure to explore the most remote and least traveled continent on Earth

  • Walk in the footsteps of heroic explorers and meet fellow modern day adventurers

  • Fly to Emperor penguin colonies and witness new born baby penguins

  • Complete your own Antarctica checklist items (either South Pole, Mount Vinson or just visit Union Glacier and surroundings)

  • Totally remove yourself from daily routines and surrender yourself to the beauty of nature

Antarctica Inland Sites