Ushuaia lies 1000km north of Antarctica, but is still the world’s closest port to the white continent – and most tourists pass through the city to make their journey across Drake’s Passage, the wild stretch of ocean that separates it from South America. The grandeur of Antarctica’s pack ice, rugged mountains and phenomenal bird and marine life will leave you breathless: whales, elephant seals, albatrosses and numerous varieties of penguin are just some of the species you can hope to see. Regular cruise ships depart from November to mid-March and most cruises last between eight and 21 days, some stopping at the South Atlantic islands (Islas Malvinas/Falklands, South Georgia, the South Orkneys, Elephant Island and the South Shetlands) en route.