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The harsh but stunning scenery of the Antarctic and Arctic have for a long time drawn explorers and scientists to their inhospitable environments. Their unique ecosystems and their wildlife are however coming under increasing pressure, not only from global warming, but growing visitor numbers are also starting to take their toll as mainstream tourism pushes its boundaries to the earths extremes. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic, believes it is possible for tourism to benefit conservation. Read more about Antarctica in this Antarctica article
Deep in the Southern Ocean, windswept and craggy, lie the Sub Antarctic Islands. A grouping of tiny outcrops doing little to stop the howling gales and tempestuous seas which characterise this part of the globe, the islands are one of the least visited and most under-rated destinations in the world. Inaccessible and isolated, the islands are a haven for plant, bird and wildlife. Away from the prying eye of man, myriad seabirds call these islands home, as do a variety of sea mammals and spectacular alpine plants. The Sub Antarctic Islands comprise six islands or island groupings. They are in order of size Auckland, Macquarie, Campbell, Antipodes, Snares and Bounty islands. Macquarie is an Australian territory, while the remainder falls under New Zealandıs jurisdiction. Arriving at these jewels in the southern ocean crown takes perseverance. While the ocean can at times be as flat as a lake, in typical southern ocean fashion it can whip itself into frenzy at will, making for a bumpy ride, even in a well stabilised vessel. Find out more about Antarctica in this Antarctica article