[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]nce-in-a-lifetime trips are relative. With enough means and time, the list of out-of-this-world destinations and experiences narrows. But among them, Antarctica, like Everest, stands out as the epitome of an extraordinary trip. Its harsh conditions – bitter cold and brutal winds – are deterrents for most tourists, but it’s precisely this that attracts intrepid travellers. A trip to the seventh continent is a conversation piece, as well as a story for posterity.

The M/V Akademik Ioffe is an ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship.

That’s why it pays to document the experience well. To that end, Natural World Safaris is offering a photography journey led by acclaimed wildlife lensman and conservationist Andy Rouse. Rouse has also authored 18 books and appeared on Discovery and National Geographic channels.

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The journey, which includes seven days on the expedition ship M/V Akademik Ioffe, will take place next year, from Nov 17-30, so you will have a year to plan. This period is spring in Antarctica, when the landscape and wildlife are particularly stunning.

And with Rouse on hand, you’ll be well equipped to take a visual slice of the continent home. www.naturalworldsafaris.com

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