For those who appreciate the purity and majesty of a landscape untouched by human hand, Antarctica should be high on the list of places to visit. And if you have a few weeks to spare, Spirit of Shackleton would be a good place to start.
Named after the legendary Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, this 21-day voyage recounts his courageous explorations amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating local fauna, including penguins, elephant seals, sea lions and albatross.
The ship itself is a treasure trove of history, with a library, lecture hall and range of guides and lecturers willing and eager to educate on everything from local wildlife to the history of Antarctic expeditions. Stops at the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, where Shackleton’s final resting place, give landlubbers a chance to settle their stomachs, and on day 14 step onto the Great White Continent with a chance to visit scientists working in modern research bases, ice-chocked waterways and impressive glaciers amidst snow-capped mountains.
Expensive, as you can imagine, but when it comes to an experience you’ll never forget, they don’t come much better.