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The seventh and most southernmost continent, Antarctica is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. Unless you are employed in a scientific research role, or a solo ocean sailor, the most common way for a traveller to reach this magical location is via an expedition cruise. These typically leave from Ushuaia, heading down the Beagle Channel and across the Drake Passage. In January 2013 I travelled to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula. During this trip, I spent as much time as possible kayaking. Other times shore landings via Zodiacs (inflatable boats) where the norm. The Antarctic Peninsula is known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbour, striking iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins.