Visiting Antarctica in January
With more than 20 hours of sunlight, this is a fabulous time to visit Antarctica, with temperatures rising as high as 15ºC. Penguin chicks and whale spotting are highlights at this time of year. The ice is starting to recede and cruises can start their polar circle voyages to 66 degrees south. With the opening of the ice comes the opportunity to access the Ross Sea and make visits to Shackleton and Scott’s huts.
Visiting Antarctica in February
Arguably prime time to visit Antarctica, with substantial daylight hours and average temperatures of -6°C. The sea ice has melted enough to sail all the way to the Polar Circle, as the sun in December and January have weakened the pack ice significantly. February is one of the best times to spot whales, sea birds and fledgeling penguin chicks having their first swimming lessons. After having had their fill of krill, humpback whales start to show off a little more breaching, spy hopping and lobtailing.
Visiting Antarctica in March
March marks the end of the travel season for Antarctica with summer drawing to a close. If cetaceans are of more interest than fluffy baby penguin chicks, then March is a fabulous time to travel. Before they start heading north the whales begin to congregate together, so the opportunity to see large groups together increases. Wilhelmina Bay is situated along the west coast of Graham Land between Reclus Peninsula and Cape Anna and is one of the best places to see groups of humpback whales. Whales are refuelled on krill making them more playful, increasing the chances of them putting on a spectacular display for visitors. As Autumn draws to a close, you will have shorter days in which to explore, but also enjoy considerable savings compared with peak season.
Visiting Antarctica in April
Visiting Antarctica in May
Visiting Antarctica in June
Visiting Antarctica in July
Visiting Antarctica in August
Visiting Antarctica in September
Visiting Antarctica in October
Late October is the start of the Antarctica season and the first opportunities for cruises as the ice starts to break up. Penguins such as Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap start to come ashore and pair up for mating. Southern elephant seals are breeding (Aug – Nov), which means you have a better chance of seeing them hauled out on the beeches. October is a great time to see their adorable pups.
Visiting Antarctica in November
With the sun low in the sky and icebergs at their largest, November can be a great time for wildlife and landscape photographers. It marks the egg-laying when the female penguins can be seen waddling around with their eggs. It is also the end of the breeding season for elephant seals. Landscape photographers will love the distinctive outlines of the towering icebergs cut against the sea and the sky.
Visiting Antarctica in December
Peak season really starts to get going in December, with the summer sun bathing the continent in over 20 hours of sunlight, giving you the maximum amount of daylight to explore this incredible destination. Penguin chicks start to hatch in the middle of the month, but it is also a popular month with travellers with prices likely to reflect this. If you wish to travel over Christmas or New Year make sure you get in contact with us early, so as not to be disappointed. Many of our clients book with us 1-2 years in advance.