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Learn more about Antarctica

Don't just be a passenger - the more you know about Antarctica, the more you will appreciate the ease at which you will be viewing it. Below are some films, books and documentaries on Antarctica that will help to give you a real insight into just how inhospitable, yet spectacular, the continent can be.

Books to Read

by Norbert Wu and Jim Mastro

From above, the vast stunning landscapes of icebergs, mountains and freezing desert. But from below the ice, Antarctica takes on an entirely new form. View the ecosystems rarely seen in this book of Antarctic photography.

by Kim Stanley Robinson

When Wade Norton arrives to Antarctica, he meets face to face with the environmental and political groups that make up the icy community. This novel offers an unearthly description of Antarctica that will take you out of reality.

by James Castrission

Many attempts were made, but no one succeeded to walk from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance, until 2012. James Castrission tells the story of his adventure with friend Justin Jones in this incredible true story through the frozen desert.

by Sara Wheeler

Spending seven months in Antarctica as a writer-in-residence, Sara Wheeler shares a journey of discovery in this lively and educational book about her experiences and the history of Antarctica.

by Simon Nasht

Among many adventures, Hubert Wilkins was the first person to fly in the Antarctic. This fascinating biography shares the life of the great explorer and his many achievements in the world’s most unknown places.

by Sir Douglas Mawson

One of Australia’s leading explorers, Sir Douglas Mawson chronicles the Australasian Antarctic expedition of the early 1900s. The book covers the daily happenings of the expedition, from humorous stories of the crew, to wildlife and unimaginable weather conditions.

by Rachael Robertson

Leading an Antarctic expedition is no easy feat, but for Rachael Robertson, it was a life-changing learning experience. In this inspirational, leadership biography you’ll learn how to strengthen your leaderships skills in any extreme situation.

by Peter Matthiessen and Kenneth Garrett

Explore the islands off Antarctica with literary naturalist, Peter Matthiessen. Learn about the wildlife, history and explorers of the inhospitable environment of Antarctica in this fascinating true story.

by Kevin Walton and Rick Atkinson

Step back in time with this collection of stories shared by fifty Antarctic explorers and scientists. Recount the history of dogs and their journey as man’s oldest friend in Antarctica.

by Diana Patterson

Dive into the day-to-day life of an Antarctic station manager in this adventurous memoir. As the first female station manager at Mawson research station, Diana Patterson had to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to make it in the male-dominated, frozen tundra.

Films to Watch

Follow the first unassisted mission to the South Pole and back in this Australian documentary. Two friends set off on foot to achieve what no other human has, successfully trekking to the South Pole, and back, without assistance.

Explore the world’s largest and driest desert. This IMAX documentary shows the wildlife inside complex Antarctic ecosystems as well as the people who live and work there.

Operation High Jump brought the US Navy to Antarctica in 1946. This military documentary shares the story of the 4000 men who took part in the expedition and the danger that ensued.

Named for explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship from his 1914 expedition. The film documents the danger and disaster faced by Shackleton and his crew throughout the Antarctic expedition.

Follow along and meet some today’s Antarctic researchers. Find out what motivates them, what they are learning and what their findings can teach us about the world before ice on Antarctica.

This IMAX film chronicles the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Between 1914 and 1917, Shackleton attempted to trek across Antarctica by foot.

A fun, heroic adventure sharing the story of an Antarctica guide on a journey by dog sled when a heavy storm threatens the lives of him and his team.

Watch the year long journey of emperor penguins in Antarctica as they leave the water, travel across the frozen continent to their breeding grounds and finally hatch their young.

This documentary captures the unique lives of those living and working in Antarctica as well as highlighting the unbelievable, remote locations.

Recounting a year in Antarctica, this documentary takes you through endless summer sunshine and harsh winter at remote research stations. Delve into the everyday lives of those working to keep the stations running.