Explorer the Stunning Antarctic From the Comfort of Your Own Home

By Sam Gibbs on at

Ever fancied taking a jaunt around the Antartic but weren't too keen on the idea of dealing with the frostbite; potential for death under every step, and the bitterly cold temperatures? Not to worry, Google's got you covered with some seriously stunning 360-degree panoramas, and Street View of historic places like Scott's hut. Time to go exploring, 21st century-style.

Google had to resort to using lightweight tripods and fisheye lenses for this job, as even its Street View trikes and backpacks would have been a tad too heavy for trudging about in the snow.

I'm a fan of freezing cold weather -- going skiing is my perfect holiday -- but even I wouldn't fancy trekking out to either of the poles. It's great, then, that we can all be armchair explorers -- grab your laptop or tablet of choice and get-a-wandering the Antarctic. Desolate and cold has never looked so beautiful than from the warmth of the sofa. [Google]