Books to read before traveling to Antarctica

Taking a trip to Antarctica is very different from planning a trip elsewhere. After all, it is the windiest and coldest place on the planet. Cruise lines like Hurtigruten allow you to enjoy the world’s most remote destination worry-free. However, it’s worth making sure you get the most of the special experiences that no other continent offers. An enjoyable way to better prepare yourself for what lies ahead is to read fiction and non-fiction books about Antarctica. This reading list includes novels to inspire your imagination and educational books on what you might want to see and do in Antarctica.

Terra Incognita: Voyages to Antarctica

Terra Incognita: Voyages to Antarctica by Sara Wheeler is a book written from the perspective of a travel writer and journalist. Wheeler spent seven months living in the frozen Antarctic desert, and this is a special book that delves into what it’s really like to be there. Published in 2014, Terra Incognita: Voyages to Antarctica is considered a modern classic of polar literature.

Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism and Scott’s Antarctic Quest

Ranulph Fiennes was the first explorer to visit the North and South Poles by surface means, and the Guinness Book of World Records called him “the world’s greatest living explorer”. In Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism and Scott’s Antarctic Questwhich was first published in 2005, Fiennes presents a gripping historical biography of Robert Falcon Scott and his doomed Antarctic expedition.

Antarctica: an intimate portrait of a mysterious continent

Antarctica: an intimate portrait of a mysterious continent is a 2013 book by Gabrielle Walker that offers a scholarly perspective on the continent. To write the book, Walker made several different trips to Antarctica and stayed at several outposts, and she interviewed scientists and support personnel at numerous country stations. The book has a scientific narrative, but it also brings stories of human interest. You’ll learn everything from penguins from Antarctica to astronomy in the book, and it also offers a historical look at Antarctic exploration.

Race to the South Pole

Published in 2007 almost 80 years after the death of the credited author, Race to the South Pole by Roald Amundsen reveals documentation of the explorer’s successful expedition to the South Pole on December 14, 1911. Told in his own words through historical essays and journal entries, he takes the reader through the journey of creation from the expedition to the final run to Antarctica. It includes archival black and white photographs that capture moments from the expedition in addition to color photographs of Antarctica captured at other times.

Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen’s Race to the South Pole

As its subtitle suggests, Roland Huntford Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen’s Race to the South Pole is a book that looks back on the race between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen to get to Antarctica in the early 20e century. Whether you know the story or not, you will likely be fascinated by the tales of failed and triumphant expeditions to Antarctica.

Antarctica: Journey to the Pole

As the first book in a two-part series aimed at preteen and teenage readers, Antarctica: Journey to the Pole by Peter Lerangis will also be enjoyable for adult readers, or the whole family could read it together before setting off on a trip to Antarctica. This historical fiction novel first published in 2012 tells the story of a widower who takes his two grieving sons on an unpredictable adventure in Antarctica. If you like this book, you should also read the second and final book in the series titled Antarctica: escaping disaster.

Antarctica: A Wildlife Guide

Written by Tony Soper and illustrated by Dafila Scott, Antarctica: A Wildlife Guide is a very informative book on the wildlife of the continent. It provides details on how to identify certain wildlife species, the information a visitor needs to know if and when to feed wildlife, and details on the best places to view certain species. It includes information on almost every animal you could hope to see there, including penguins and albatrosses.

birthday boys

birthday boys is a 2016 novel by Beryl Bainbridge. It is a fictionalized story of the fascinating history of Antarctica through the eyes of its early explorers. The storytelling really takes you into what it must have been like for Robert Scott and his fellow explorers as they risked everything for their dream and mission on the isolated continent.

Antarctica: a novel

by Kim Stanley Robinson Antarctica: a novel is another interesting novel that takes the reader deep into Antarctica. Published in 2010, this novel has a compelling story and well-developed, believable characters, and it includes insightful and awe-inspiring descriptions of the southernmost continent that you’re sure to remember when you visit it for yourself.

Destination: Antarctica

Robert Swan’s childhood hero was explorer Robert Falcon Scott, and his fascination with his story lasted into adulthood. Finally, Swan decides to make the 900-mile trek to the South Pole, following in Scott’s footsteps. Published in 1988 and intended for young readers, Destination: Antarctica is Swan’s first-hand account of his journey which is beautifully illustrated.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey

With an introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey by Alfred Lansing was first published in 2015. It tells the story of British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempted expedition to Antarctica. His dedication to reaching the South Pole is well captured, and the author’s use of Shackleton’s journals and those of his crew really help bring the story to life in gripping detail.

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