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In the early days of Antarctic exploration, persons of exceptional character fascinated by the lure of notoriety and adventure traveled to the most remote regions area on Earth, many with hopes of being among the first to discover new resources, wildlife and shipping routes. Stories of these men, whose fortitude in the face of appalling hardships are difficult to fathom (especially today!), still inspire adventurers today. You’ll learn about several famous explorers on your Antarctic cruise, and also the not-so-famous.
You may not know his name or his accomplishments, but Japanese explorer Nobu Shirase is remembered today as an unlikely – and almost successful – challenger for the title of first man to reach the South Pole.
The story of polar exploration involves many nations and peoples, some of whom remain buried in the Arctic, Antarctica and surrounding regions. Some of these grave sites are still accessible to intrepid travelers each year. Voyagers on today’s guided polar trips love to retrace the steps of the first explorers, visit their historical grave sites and imagine what life must have been like for the determined brave souls who ignored warnings to venture no further.
Seabirds are one of the glories of the Galapagos and this elegant and buoyant flyer with wide wing span doesn’t disappoint. Found breeding on the coastal Islands, pomarine skua are great travelers and migrate once a year to spend the winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
Wildlife and nature are what bring most people to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), located 300 miles (483 km) off the coast of Argentina. The archipelago is comprised of 778 islands, and renowned for its excellent birdwatching, the Falkland Islands are home to 63 breeding species and 23 annual migrants.