The Antarctic is the seventh continent and one of the world’s last great wildernesses. It is the coldest place on the planet with eternal nights and endless days; as well as being the largest desert it also has the largest reserves of freshwater locked up in its vast icy wastes. There are so many superlatives attached to the Antarctic but no description can prepare you for actually being there.

It is the sheer inhospitability of the place that is so awe-inspiring. Nowadays visitors are normally safe from the extremes of the region, even if things go wrong, but those who visited the continent a hundred or more years ago – explorers, sealers, whalers and scientists - were on their own. The Antarctic has made heroes of a select few men and fools of many, many more. It is not a place to be underestimated and when things go wrong they can go wrong very quickly.

However, when the weather is good and conditions are favourable it is one of the most magical places in the world.

Half Moon Island - a small island in the South Shetland Islands, home to Chinstrap Penguins as well as Kelp Gulls and various Petrels and Skuas.

Yankee Harbour -  a natural harbour in the South Shetland Islands, home to Gentoo Penguins as well as the occasional Elephant and Fur Seal.

Hope Bay - a small bay on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in Antarctic Sound, home to the Argentine Esperanza station and Adele Penguins.

Paradise Bay - a bay on the Antarctic Peninsula, home to the Chilean Gonzalez Videla station and Gentoo Penguins.

Cuverville Island - an island in the Errara Channel on the Antarctic Peninsula, home to Gentoo Penguins and Brown Skuas.