The explorers of the Heroic Age, who sailed the Ross Sea region’s ice-choked waters gained a crucial foothold here for exploration of the interior. Around the Ross Sea, Antarctica’s richest historic heritage is on full display. Most stirring of all are the wooden huts Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton left behind on Ross Island. Carston Borchgrevink’s huts at Cape Adare, the first structures ever built on the continent, remain today for those lucky enough to get ashore.
Antarctica’s largest modern-day outpost, McMurdo Station, sits alongside diminutive, eco-friendly Scott Base, but the region’s scree-covered shores and enormous Ross Ice Shelf are mostly the domain of Weddell seals and Adélie and emperor penguins. The steaming volcano, Mt Erebus, and the mysterious and otherworldly Dry Valleys are two additional prizes won by travelers persistent and fortunate enough to reach this relatively remote part of Antarctica.