Visit the Mountains of Madness in Antarctica

HP Lovecraft once said of the great white veil of Antarctica ‘I could not help feeling that they were evil things — mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.’ Stepping foot on the edge of the world certainly gives you a feeling of utter helplessness, of things far beyond our reach and of a terrible beauty so far from the comfort zone.

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Yet Antarctica is as incredible as it is terrifying, as real as it is a dream and as intrepid a journey as you could ever wish to undertake. Few get the chance to trespass on these diamond shores and those who do mark the moment as something they will never forget.

Visiting the mountains of madness in Antarctica is not something you can do lightly, there is little luxury waiting to welcome you, in fact visitors pass through the ethereal world like ghosts, watching, admiring then vanishing back to where they came.

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Gliding through the icy cobalt waters with the shadows of great icebergs and groaning ice surrounding your vision, you may catch sight of a whale moving languidly through the dense waters, the sound of seal pups honking from their nursery shores and of course a crowd of penguins shuffling with their young to splash in the perilous waters.

Visiting Antarctica in the summer allows for you to experience the pale endless day, white nights where the sun pauses for only a second and the strange colors of the changing landscape reflect in myriad blues, greys and flecks of gold and rose. The weight of silence, the absence of man-made structures and the fierce solitude can overwhelm and humble you in the face of nature.

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Spending days drifting past sculpted icebergs, towering cliffs of snow and remote islands allows for a wealth of wildlife spotting, those brave enough can even take the famous polar plunge, if only for a moment. This is a place that will leave a shard in you and will weave into your dreams.

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes