Stations

Antarctica has no cities.

But every year, hundreds of scientists, military men and even families challenge the cold weather and the distance to live in one of the most extreme places of the Earth.

The first expeditioners took their own prefabricated homes from the continent by ship. Others, with less luck, had to accommodate themselves in tents or even shelters built out of rocks and the remains of abandoned ships.

Today, there are many stations and shelters around the continent but it keeps on being the least populated continent in the world and the only one with no permanent inhabitants.

Life in Antarctica concentrates around stations, mainly scientific facilities where most of the research activities take place.

As time went by, infrastructure and communities improved a lot. Old and small constructions vulnerable to wind and low temperatures have turned into modern buildings ready to stand against the hard Antarctic climate and even able to be moved from one place to another.

Modern stations

There are permanent and seasonal stations. The first ones remain opened during the whole year while the second ones only open their doors during the summer season to provide shelter and support to scientific camps and activities.

Nowadays, research stations have everything necessary to survive the cold Antarctic winter and polar nights. The ones who live there have no problem in accessing to hot water, cable TV, Internet and even airstrips for cargo airplanes.

In this section you can find all the information regarding the different stations of each country in Antarctica.