Attention cubicle nomads and desk travelers: Google announced yesterday that their ever-popular street view now includes updated panoramic images of the Antarctic wilderness.

New Fortuna Glacier, 1915 / photographed by Frank Hurley

Google launched the first street view images of the Antarctic in September 2012, but the search giant  added panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations as part of their World Wonders project, with which Google hopes to bring modern and ancient wonders to people’s desktops. You can find even more world wonders with our collection of World Heritage Sites photo galleries.

The historic Antarctic locations include the South Pole Telescope, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s hut (amazingly preserved more than a century later), Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole.

So, forget about this heat wave for a minute and let’s go to the absolute end of the earth for a little sightseeing and a brief history lesson. Who says you can’t be a world traveler while sitting on the couch?

Has Google got you in the mood for adventure? Check out our tips on getting your adrenaline pumping and do some exploring of your own!

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