Itineraries for this seemingly daunting destination are flexible but can include: kayaking between icebergs and pods of humpback whales, kite surfing across vast expanses of ice and snow, flying the helicopter to visit a penguin colony, hiking or inviting local scientists aboard for dinner and a geography lesson (who says a charter can’t be educational?). After a long day of exploring, visitors can even dive in and go for a swim thanks to volcanically warmed pools of water.
Visiting the continent once solely reserved for the bravest adventurers and scientists doesn’t come cheap. A 10-day fully customizable itinerary for 12 guests accommodated in 5 VIP staterooms starts at $454,000. For those with deeper pockets, Jacada Travel’s offers up to 25-day charters.www.jacadatravel.com