The White Continent

Nothing will prepare you for the vast, stark beauty of the Antarctic. No wonder the White Continent has captured the imagination of so many explorers including Scott and Shackleton. A cruise is the best way to visit the final frontier, which is unlike anywhere you’ve ever been in your life before: there are no towns, or even trees. Wildlife-lovers will be in their element with the stunning colonies of king penguins and whales as well as seals; and there are endless photo opportunities, including the jagged icy ravines that perforate the skyline. Cruises take you down Iceberg Alley where the towering icebergs make you feel like a real explorer in unchartered territory amongst glaciers and frozen mountains. An Antarctic cruise is probably the ultimate adventure.

An 11-night Classic Antarctica cruise from Chimu Adventures starts from £2,970pp (chimuadventures.com/020 7403 8265).