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6 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Antarctica


So... you are thinking about Antarctica?? That's great! Antarctica is a wonderful, beautiful place that is out of this world. Before embarking on my adventure to the "Great White Continent", I prepared for my journey by understanding the history, beauty, adn crutality of the continent. And watching movies was one of the best ways to learn more about Antarctica. I have compiled a list of the movies I watched and why they are great to watch to prepare for your journey!

Here are 6 movies you should watch before you travel to Antarctica!



Secrets Beneath the Ice is a PBS and NOVA special episode following Antarctic researchers trying to understand the impact of climate change on the Antarctic continent and the world. This 60-minute documentary follows a group of scientists who are apart of ANDRILL (Antarctic Drilling Project) to answer the question: Is Antarctica headed for a catastrophic meltdown??

The scientists use a massive drill to bring up ice cores from the ice shelf and the earth below to understand the changes that the Antarctic continent has undergone over millions of years.  The scientists are trying to uncover Antarctica's history and use it to predict its future. They want to know how global warming could impact the future of the White Continent and the rest of the world.

This is such a great documentary and worth your time to understand Antarctica's history, climate, and how it impacts the world and us.


Happy Feet is a perfect family-friendly film that will make you want to dance and sing! Follow the journey of Mumble, an Emperor Penguin who cannot sing and is outcasted by his community and family because he dances.

There is a food shortage throughout Antarctica and the penguins blame The Great 'Guin (their diety) for the shortage. Mumble decides to take action himself and contacts the "aliens" (aka humans) to find more fish and save his community from starvation. Although you may get caught up in the fun and cuteness of the movie, it has a powerful message to share about how humans have impacted the food chain in Antarctica.

(Note: this is a fictional film)


If you are a penguin lover, this film is a perfect way to dive deeper into the world of penguins. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, March of the Penguins is an inspiring journey of parent Emperor penguins braving the terrain, weather, and harsh conditions to mate, breed, and survive.  The movie is also filled with awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping videography and photography of the Antarctic terrain. Every time I watch this movie, I am in awe of the hardships the penguins go through each year to rear their young. It is a fantastic and breathtaking journey.


Follow nature photographer, Anthony Powell, as he shares what life is like at the bottom of the world. Powell shares a stunning journey of a year on Antarctica with all her beauty and brutality and everything in between. The summer season is filled with people and scientists from all over the world working together under the summer sun, while the winters keep those who are brave enough to take on a dark frigid winter.

Powell's personal story of spending 10 years on the ice is an impressive and beautiful adventure. Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a breathtaking film and I highly recommend you watch it to gain a perspective of what living on Antarctica year-round really looks like.


If you are a history lover, this film is a perfect way to dive deeper into the history of Antarctica's discovery. Narrated by Liam Neeson, The Endurance is a documentary based on the book by Caroline Alexander of Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica from 1914 - 1916.  The 40-year-old explorer and his 28-person crew braved the oceans, ice, and harsh conditions with the hope of reaching the South Pole. Shackleton's journey was not without numerous hardships that ultimately lead to the demise of his ship.

I recommend watching Shackleton's final expedition as it illustrates the will of one man to save his crew against the brutality of the Antarctic weather and ice. Shackleton was truly an inspiring explorer, Captain, and man.


Explore the frozen wilderness that is the Arctic and Antarctic through BBC Earth's Frozen Planet. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Frozen Planet takes you on a journey unlike any other. This 7-part series takes you to the most remote parts of our world to experience the beautiful climate and the animals that live there.

I recommend watching the series to gain a better understanding of the animals and climate of the polar regions. Unfortunately, there are not any episodes only on Antarctica. But, I think learning about the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic will help you even more! The final episode "On Thin Ice" is my favorite episode as it follows global warming and its consequences on the polar regions and the world. Watch episodes now on Netflix!

Disclosure Statement: I borrowed all of the movies from my local library - West Bloomfield Public Library. I am not associated with the library nor was I paid for my reviews and opinions. Some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

More Antarctica and South America content coming to you over the next couple of months. Keep an eye out on my Antarctica and South America pages for more adventures and travel tips!!



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