Antarctica left a restless longing in my heart beckoning towards an
incomprehensible perfection forever beyond the reach of mortal man.
Its overwhelming beauty touches one so deeply that it is like a wound.
Edwin Mickleburgh, Beyond the Frozen Sea
Evening light in the South Shetland Islands.
The following little introduction to Antarctica is exactly that – a little introduction – to offer an idea of most subjects of interest. Of course, Antarctica is nothing less than a continent, not to mention all the islands surrounding it, but it is obviously much less varied than, say, Europe, which is so much more complex regarding all the history and culture and different landscapes and climate zones that you will find between Norway’s North Cape and Silicy. Antarctica is much more homogeneous between the Ross Sea and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and largely inaccessible anyway. The benefit is that this makes it possible to squeeze an introduction into a few pages, digitally as or – on a later occasion – in print, then much more comprehensive.
These pages are currently (spring 2014) under preparation and sites will be added over a couple of months.