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Preparing For A Trip To Antarctica: Books & Video


Preparing for a trip to Antarctica can seem daunting but it can also be a lot of fun if you know where to start. Below is our recommended reading list and media guide which offers a treasure of inspiration for intrepid travelers to Antarctica.


Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alred Lansing

The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shaleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas. Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip.

The Storied Ice by Joan Booth

A frequent visitor to the Antarctic over the past decade, Joan Boothe recounts the thrilling adventures of whalers, sealers, explorers, and scientists along the Antarctic Peninsula. With abundant quotes, illustrations, maps, and chronology.

Penguins of the World by Wayne Lynch

Lynch weaves delightful tales of penguins, their habitats and habits, with hundreds of glorious full-color photographs.

1912, The Year the World Discovered Antarctica by Chris Turney

Turney looks at the great leap forward in Antarctic science that was made 100 years ago with the expeditions of not just Scott and Admunsen but also those of Mawson, Filchner, and Shirase in this brisk and engaging history of science and exploration in the Antarctic.

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

In 1910—hoping that the study of penguin eggs would provide an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles– a group of explorers left Cardiff by boat on an expedition to Antarctica. Not all of them would return. Written by one of its survivors, "The Worst Journey in the World" tells the moving and dramatic story of the disastrous expedition.

Antarctica, A Call To Action by Sebastian Copeland

Copeland's collection of striking photographs includes a three page list of sensible suggestions to protect the planet. His awe-inspiring images of the frozen continent capture the beauty of the glaciers, biodiversity, and wild wide seas of the Drake.

 Antarctica, A Guide To The Wildlife by Tony Soper

Designed for the field, this compact handbook features all the species of birds, seals, and whales the traveler is likely to encounter on an Antarctic voyage.

The Last Place on Earth, Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole by Roland Huntford

Igniting huge controversy when it first appeared, Huntford's rousing dual biography contrasts Amundsen's well-planned campaign to achieve the Pole with Scott's ill-fated quest.


March of the Penguins (2005)

Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, a remarkable journey takes place. Emperor penguins in their thousands abandon the deep blue security of the ocean home and clamber onto the frozen ice in search of food. Morgan Freeman narrates their journey.

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continents beauty and investigate the characters living there. (Documentary)

Ice People (2008)

Emmy winning documentary film-maker Anne Aghion spent four months "on the ice" with modern-day polar explorers to find out what drives dedicated researchers to leave the world behind in pursuit of science, and to capture the true experience of living and working in an extreme environment. 

Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth. 

Planet Earth (tv series) (2006)

In the premier episode "From Pole to Pole", during Antarctica's winter, emperor penguins endure four months of darkness, with no food, in temperatures of –94˚ F. In the sixth episode "Ice Worlds", Snow petrels take their place on nunataks and begin to court, but are preyed on by South Polar Skuas. A pod of humpback whales hunt krill by creating a spiraling net of bubbles. During summer, emperor penguins return to their breeding grounds 100 miles inland where they transfer eggs to the males for safekeeping. 

Life (tv series) (2009)

In premier episode "Challenges of Life", on Deception Island, young chinstrap penguins are trapped on a beach by ice-strewn seas. A lone chick is ambushed by a leopard seal. In the fifth episode "Birds", chinstrap penguins breed on a volcanic islands off the Antarctic Peninsula. In the eighth episode, "Creatures of the Deep", beneath the permanent Antarctic ice of McMurdo Sound, sea urchins, red sea stars, and nemertean worms are filmed scavenging on a Weddell seal pup carcass.

For more information on trips to Antarctica give us a call at 800-345-4453 or read about Grettel's upcoming trip to Antarctica, My first trip to Antarctica, will you join me?

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