Within the Antarctic Circlelies one of the most extreme yet abundant environments on Earth. Its frigid waters and icebound shores are home to penguins, seals, whales, fish and seabirds in such number there’s a definite sense man is part of the environment rather than in command of it. Whales approach boats here, penguins waddle about you unconcerned, seals too, so lacking in wariness your close up inquisitiveness is mirrored by their own; you may take a gigabyte of photos of wet nosed and wide-eyed baby seals trying to nuzzle your camera lens. To setfoot on the ice sheet that rises above the shore line and step onto the land mass is magic too – here is an entire continent close in size to Africa, vastly untouched and unchanged from horizon to horizon. You’ll marvel at the resolve of the early explorers in their quests to conquer Antarctica, so forbidding is the climate, terrain and isolation.