5 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Antarctica

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But visitors pay a minimum of $5,000 (and upwards of $25,000) for a measly 7 day trip.

So if you’re like me and want to experience Antarctica – but don’t have the money yet – we can live vicariously through these 5 fun facts!

Photo: Hurtigruten/Arnau Ferrer
Photo: Hurtigruten/Arnau Ferrer
  1. Antarctica is a desert because it receives very little rain.
  2. Penguins, whales, seals, and fish all live in Antarctica.  There are no land mammals – including polar bears who live in the ARCTIC.  In fact, the name “Antarctica” is the combination of “anti” and “artik” meaning “no bears.”
  3. Antarctica is managed by 45 countries, 7 of which claim parts of it as national territory. Those seven are: Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway and the UK.
  4. Antarctica has as much ice as there is water in the Atlantic Ocean.
  5. Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest, coldest continent on Earth. Its lowest recorded temperature is -89.6ºF (-67ºC)! Brrrrr!!!
Photo: Hurtigruten/Dominic Barrington
Photo: Hurtigruten/Dominic Barrington

Pretty cool huh?

Photo: Hurtigruten/Mark McDermott
Photo: Hurtigruten/Mark McDermott

If you’re not like me – and have the money – check out what’s available:

Hurtigruten

Sea Scanner

Feature image (on top): Hurtigruten/Esther Kojkmeier

5 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Antarctica, written by Tor Kjolberg