About the Author

Rick Burritt's passion for photography grew from his work as an artist and designer. He believes that capturing a moment in time that tells a story, creates a connection and evokes emotion makes photography an ideal form of artistic expression.

Rick is creative director and owner of Burritt Design, a design and branding agency in San Diego, California. Rick studied architecture and graphic design at Arizona State University, graduating with a BFA, and went on to earn his MFA in graphic design at Yale University. Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Rick spent most of his youth living overseas before moving to the United States. The countries of Indonesia, Libya, China and Great Britain were all considered home.

When should you go to Antarctica? 

Antarctica can only be visited between November and March, the summer months in the southern hemisphere. Wildlife is most active during these months, the days are longest and temperatures are often above freezing. There is no 'best' month to visit, but December and January are the most popular because of the higher temperatures. For more information, please see our page on the best time to visit Antarctica.

How long does it take to get to Antarctica?

Most expedition boats to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina and cross the Drake Passage to reach the to reach the continent. The Drake crossing takes about 48 hours depending on weather and sea conditions. You can also take a 2 hour flight to Antarctica from Punta Arenas in Chile.

Are there polar bears in Antarctica? 

Nope! Polar bears are only found in the arctic, there are no polar bears in Antarctica. Antarctica is teaming with wildlife, you can find multiple penguin species, seals, birds, orca and blue whales. 

Should I bring a camera?

Yes, yes, yes! Even if you use only use the camera on your phone, be ready because you will be taking pictures and videos your entire trip. Investing in a good camera is definitely worth it for this trip. If you can, I would recommend at least one camera back with a range of lenses. Ideally a wide angle, 16-35mm, 24-105mm, and at least a 70-200mm but a 100-400 or 500mm would be ideal so you don’t miss those closeups of the incredible wildlife you are guaranteed to see. 

The Seventh Continent

The seventh continent is a must see! Antarctica is an incredibly special and unique place. There is nothing else like it on earth and it is definitely worth visiting. The landscapes are unreal and the wildlife is abundant. Antarctica is otherworldly and a visit stays with you forever, it is just that special.