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Antarctica Reading Guide

Antarctica Reading Guide

Whether for its breathtaking natural beauty, unique wildlife, or epic history of exploration, Antarctica has long captured the imagination of writers and photographers alike. Here, we have put together a collection of some of our favourite books about the 7th continent, ranging from exciting tales of Shackleton’s famous expedition to guidebooks providing useful tips to help you to prepare for your own adventure.

Here is a brief selection of favourite, new and hard-to-find books, prepared for your journey. 

Maps & Guidebooks

Antarctic Peninsula: A Visitor’s Guide - British Antarctic Survey

The definitive guide to the Antarctic Peninsula, written and illustrated by experts from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It contains essential information for visitors on the history, geography and climate of the region, and is illustrated with detailed maps and stunning photographs. 

Available on Amazon UK from £8.20 or Amazon US from $10.30

Antarctica Cruising Guide: Includes Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Ross Sea - Craig Franklin & Peter Carey

Written by experienced Antarctic travellers, this bestselling guide to travelling in Antarctica is full of fascinating accounts of the wildlife, landscapes and places of interest across the region, including advice on how visitors can minimise their impact on this fragile ecosystem. 

Available on Amazon UK from £18.80 or Amazon US from $21.80

Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World’s Most Mysterious Continent - Gabrielle Walker 

This beautifully detailed and easily accessible book combines science, natural history, poetry, and an epic history of exploration to provide a vivid insight into this fascinating continent. 

Available on Amazon UK from £6.00 or Amazon US from $9.20 

Antarctic Explorer Map, 2009 - Ocean Explorer Maps

A handy map of the Antarctic Peninsula designed for the ship-board traveler, showing the full range of Antarctic voyages south from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Circle, including South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. On the reverse is a map of the full continent.

Available on Amazon UK from £7.20 or Amazon US from $12.50

History & Exploration

Endurance, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing

An extraordinary tale of survival that reads like a good novel. It's the gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance: losing his ship in the ice, drifting helplessly across the Weddell Sea, and finally reaching Elephant Island, from where he sailed 800 miles to get help for his stranded men.

Available on Amazon UK from £8.00 or Amazon US from $9.30

The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica - David Campbell

A splendid, prize-winning portrait of Antarctica; Campbell's vivid essays on fossils, glaciers, history and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula are an excellent introduction.

Available on Amazon UK from £21.90 or Amazon US from $13.00

Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica - Sara Wheeler

The National Science Foundation and British Antarctic Survey did well to invite travel writer Sarah Wheeler to join them in Antarctica. A privileged anomaly on this continent of science, she larked around from Mac City to remote field camps to the Antarctic Peninsula, her finely tuned pencil poised. A fine portrait of modern Antarctic scientists (and cooks and truck drivers), her book weaves stories of modern adventure with commentary on the heroic age of exploration, altogether a thoroughly enjoyable tribute.

Available on Amazon UK from £7.99 or Amazon US from $9.78

The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard 

One of the great tales of exploration, originally published in 1922. Cherry-Garrard's epic midwinter journey to the emperor penguin rookery is just a warm-up for the main event: his vivid account of Scott's doomed last expedition.

Available on Amazon UK from £8.99 or Amazon US from $10.40

Falklands & South Georgia

A Visitors Guide to South Georgia: Second Edition - Sally Poncet & Kim Crosbie

A convenient, comprehensive and full-color guide to exploring South George by a dynamic duo who know the region intimately.

Available on Amazon UK from £14.00 or Amazon US from $19.00

Birds and Mammals of the Falkland Islands - Robin & Anne Woods

A comprehensive photographic guide to the wildlife of the Falklands and surrounding waters, featuring 43 color plates. Published in conjunction with Falklands Conservation.

Available on Amazon UK from £14.00 or Amazon US from $33.99

Photography & Wildlife

Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides) 2013 - Tony Soper and Dafila Scott

Designed for the field, this compact handbook features all the species of birds, seals and whales the traveler is likely to encounter on a voyage to the Antarctic. Each species gets a double-page spread, with concise essays on each species, range maps and masterful color drawings.

Available on Amazon UK from £8.00 or Amazon US from $12.00

Penguins of the World - Wayne Lynch 

Lynch weaves delightful tales of penguins, their habitats and habits, with hundreds of glorious full-color photographs.

Available on Amazon UK from £5.20 or Amazon US from $31.90

March of the Penguins (DVD) - Luc Jacquet

This splendid documentary, narrated by Morgan Freeman, captures the life in an emperor penguin rookery over a year in the Antarctic.

Available on Amazon UK from £1.75 or Amazon US from $7.60

The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife: A Complete Guide to the Birds, Mammals and Natural History of the Antarctic - Hadoram Shirihai

This book, an essential reference, features striking color illustrations and photos of each of Antarctica's birds and mammals.

Available on Amazon UK from £26.70 or Amazon US from $34.70

National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World - Pieter A. Folkens, Brent S. Stewart, Phillip J. Clapham, James A. Powell & Randall Reeves

A handsome, comprehensive guide to 120 species of whales, dolphins, seals, walruses, sirenians, polar bears and their kin worldwide. Each species gets a four-page spread with color photographs and an overview of range, habitat, behavior, status and conservation.

Available on Amazon UK from £13.20 or Amazon US from $14.50



Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica - Noah Strycker

In this captivating first-person narrative, Noah Strycker recounts his day-to-day experiences as a 22-year-old college graduate researching penguins in the world's harshest environment. 

Available from Amazon UK from £9.60 or Amazon US from $11.20


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