South Shetland Islands
South Shetland Islands is a group of islands about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Research stations and Field Camps
The South Shetland Islands are part of the British Antarctic Territory. There is no permanent inhabitation on these islands aside from the personnel on the research stations. The climate is not as rough as on the Antarctic mainland, the temperature oscillates between -10°C and +5°C.
If you are not part of a research team, the easiest way to visit the islands is by cruise ship. Cruises to this part of Antarctica usually start from Ushuaia, take one to two weeks and cost at least US$ 5000 per person. Some travel agencies also offer tours by plane to the archipelago's only airport, at the Eduardo Frei Base.
Companies that can help to arrange travel to South Shetlands include;
The main sights are the Antarctic landscape and the nature.
Visit Deception Island and take the "polar plunge" offered by many Antarctic cruise tour companies! The water is slightly warmer here than surrounding the continent itself, and you will have quite a story to tell your friends at home.