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romantic winter getaways: White Desert, Antarctica

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Go on an Epic Adventure to Antarctica

If you’ve ever yearned to go to the ends of the earth for love, White Desert (November through January; from $25,455 per person, all-inclusive)—a company that guides luxury treks through the Antarctic interior—makes the once-in-a-lifetime journey possible. A private plane jets you from Cape Town across the Southern Ocean to Whichaway Camp, a solar-and-wind–powered base of six fiberglass sleeping pods and three living-and-dining tents connected by sheltered passageways. Founder and modern-day explorer Patrick Woodhead (who first made the trek a century after Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1904 attempt) will guide you through all manner of Antarctic experiences, from kite skiing and ice climbing to visiting the 8,000 emperor penguins that colonize the nearby Ekström Ice Shelf. The trip caters to a variety of interests and activity levels: one couple recently spent their time photographing ice waves, massive breakers frozen in a permanent swirl. Still, there’s no shame in simply curling up in your pod, snugly outfitted with cowhide rugs as well as heaters trimmed in leather and brass. —Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

Need to Know: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a sleep mask; during the months the trip is offered, the sun shines 24 hours a day.

Pack This: Ski mask–inspired sunglasses, $290, by Prada.

Behind the Scenes: White Desert’s Patrick Woodhead is also a best-selling author of adventure thrillers; his latest, The Secret Chamber (Random House; $11), is based on his recent expedition in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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