The most remote and untouched continent in the world Antarctica does not have a permanent, native human population—besides the scientists who set up base for months at a time on rotations. It was once a far-fetched concept to even be able to travel to this challenging destination, due to lack of resources and setup on the scarce land. But it's been centuries since explorers first discovered the unchartered territory and travel has undoubtedly come a long way. Luxury British tour operator White Desert Antarctica curates tailor-made itineraries for one-of-a-kind expeditions to the Geographic South Pole, with a strong commitment to sustainability. Discerning guests can expect a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, from staying in the beautiful, luxury campsite that takes 'glamping' to a whole new level, to arriving by private jet and embarking on glacier hikes by afternoon. Adventures run from seeing the magnificent Emperor Penguins in their natural habitats to zip-lining across ice lakes. We speak to the founder and director of White Desert Antarctica, Patrick Woodhead, who shares his first journey to the region in 2002 in the midst of a 1,850km traverse of the Antarctic continent, on how to thoroughly experience Antarctica with White Desert.
Could you tell us about White Desert and its adventures available in Antarctica?
Established by record-breaking polar explorers, White Desert Antarctica has been pioneering luxury in the interior of Antarctica since 2005, offering guests bespoke, environmentally conscious experiences that include visiting the emperor penguins and the Geographic South Pole. Travelling by private jet to a blue ice runway in Queen Maud Land, guests have a wide choice of activities, including climbing, trekking, yoga, photographic safaris and ex