The ice is melting and glaciers retreating due to global warming. University of Edinburgh researchers recently announced the discovery of previously unknown volcanoes under west Antarctica. And the number of ships and people who can visit each year will always be capped.⠀
But it seems Antarctica remains hot as – not least among tour operators eager to rope a bigger slice of the action, our @sophisticatedtraveller editor Fiona Carruthers writes.⠀
During the five-month Antarctica sailing season (November to March) for 2016-17, 36,400 travellers landed on the white continent, according to figures from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). ⠀
They sailed aboard 47 ships, which undertook 298 voyages over the five months, compared with 21,000 travellers during the 2008-09 season.⠀
James Thornton, the CEO of the world's largest travel company @intrepidtravel said the increasing numbers into Antarctica were due to the fact there were very few 'last frontier' destinations left.⠀
"Decades ago, that was places like Cambodia or even Vietnam. Then it became South America and Africa. Now it's the polar regions. The world has become a much smaller place."⠀
Read more here: www.afr.com/x/gxxpzj⠀
: Fiona Carruthers.⠀
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Happy #WorldPhotographyDay to all who capture timeless memories!
Let's celebrate the art of photography! Tell us which picture gives you real vacation goals.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain
It's World Photography Day today and I love looking at this particular image because it was a time in which every person on board our ship was outside embracing the spectacular scenery and natural landscapes that surrounded us. I love taking photographs, but I also love looking back at the ones I have already taken and remembering all of the fond moments I've been fortunate enough to experience. Happy World Photography Day everyone!
Your blonde friend that gets away with everything! I filmed this crazy rare blonde Gentoo penguin in Antarctica. It's partner is normal coloured and it stole rocks for its own nest. It's not albino (you can see it doesn't have red eyes) it's called melanistic. Such a cool sight, colour didn't matter to them, it's like they didn't even notice. #blondepenguin#penguin#blonde#antarctica#bestviideo#cute#thewildlifebiologist