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Feb 01, 2024 - 
Feb 20, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 02, 2024 - 
Feb 21, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 03, 2024 - 
Feb 13, 2024
This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins....
Feb 13, 2024 - 
Feb 25, 2024
“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passenge...
Feb 20, 2024 - 
Mar 13, 2024
All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper pinguins. You’ll have the chance to meet at least six different penguin species. You’ll explore the transition fro...
Feb 25, 2024 - 
Mar 07, 2024
This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and dive in the iceberg-heavy w...
Mar 04, 2024 - 
Mar 16, 2024
“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passenge...
Mar 07, 2024 - 
Mar 21, 2024
This expansive expedition takes you into the Antarctic Circle, combining the rich animal life of the Weddell Sea with the surreal shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. Such key landing sites as the legendary Elephant Island and Crystal Sound make this voyage truly exceptional....
Mar 13, 2024 - 
Mar 28, 2024
This voyage explores a number of historically significant Antarctic areas, such as the very rarely visited Bellingshausen Sea, Marguerite Bay, and Alexander Island. We focus on places discovered by Adrien De Gerlache on his Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897 – 1899) and Jean-Bapti...
Mar 16, 2024 - 
Mar 29, 2024
This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. This expedition cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance ...
Mar 21, 2024 - 
Apr 01, 2024
This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. This cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to  dive in the iceberg-heavy waters....
Mar 28, 2024 - 
Apr 20, 2024
The Atlantic Odyssey cruise visits some of the remotest islands in the world, crossing the migratory paths of Arctic Terns, Long-tailed Skuas, other birds, and a variety of whales as they make their annual expeditions north for the breeding season....

When to Visit Antarctica: A month-by-month guide

The best time to visit Antarctica is during the summer months of November to March, when the weather is warmer, the days are longer, and the wildlife is most active. This is also the time when the ice conditions are most favorable and the continent is most accessible.

However, if you are on a tight budget, you may want to consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of October and April, when prices may be lower and the crowds are fewer. Whatever time you choose to visit Antarctica, be sure to plan your trip carefully, bring the right gear, and be prepared for the challenges of this remote and rugged landscape.

Weather Conditions

Antarctica is one of the harshest environments on the planet, and weather conditions can change rapidly and unpredictably. During November to March, you are more likely to have clear skies and calmer seas, which will allow you to enjoy the amazing scenery and wildlife without being hampered by harsh weather conditions.

Wildlife Viewing

Antarctica is home to an incredible array of wildlife, and the best time to see them is during the breeding and nesting season, which takes place during the summer months. During this time, you can see penguins and other birds nesting and caring for their young, as well as seals and whales basking on the shores and in the waters around the continent.

Ice Conditions

Antarctica is a land of ice, and the conditions of the ice can vary greatly depending on the time of year. During the summer months, the ice is generally more broken up and there are more open channels and waterways, making it easier to explore the coastline and see the wildlife. During the winter months, the ice is more consolidated and there are fewer opportunities to see the Antarctic wildlife and landscapes.

Accessibility

The best time to visit Antarctica is also the time when it is most accessible. During the summer months, more ships and tour operators are offering trips to the continent, making it easier to find a trip that suits your schedule and budget. Additionally, the warmer weather and longer days also make it easier to fly to the continent, as there are more flights and better weather conditions during this time.

Budget

Visiting Antarctica can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it can also be expensive. If you are on a tight budget, it is best to visit during the shoulder seasons of October and April, when there are fewer tourists and tour operators, and prices may be lower.

Travel in November Month

Cruises to Antarctica in November provide travelers with the first departures of the season!

The sea ice is abundant and milling about the chilly waters. See many unique ice formations!

Penguins are looking for their mates and may show you their best courting display behavior.

Antarctica Travel Guide

Travel in December Month

December cruises to Antarctica provide travelers with the incredible opportunity to spend Christmas on the continent!

Penguin chicks are now starting to hatch, and may be observed hatching. 

Longer daylight hours give guests ample light to enjoy activities and witness incredible scenery!

Travel in January Month

Visiting Antarctica in January means travelers will experience the peak daylight hours, that means 20+ hours of sunlight!

Penguin chicks are now learning basic survival skills and can be seen exploring with their parents.

January is a peak month for Antarctic travel, so prices may be higher during this month. 

Travel in February Month

February travelers have the special opportunity to sail all the way South to the Antarctic Circle. This trip may only happen once the sea ice has receded slightly from January’s warm and lengthy sunlight.

Watch the sea for whales! They’re now starting to return to Antarctica as well.

zodiac whale watching in Antarctica in November

Travel in March Month

Cruises to Antarctica in March are the last of the season. Watch for savings on off-season bookings!

Whales are abound in the waters as they snack on the abundant cetaceans. 

Penguin chicks are now exploring the ice and may prove to be inquisitive towards visitors!

Meeting Penguins in Polar Region

Start Planning With Our Antarctica Travel Guide!

Learn everything you need to know about the 7th continent in our guide to Antarctica! This comprehensive guide was assembled by our staff members who have almost 20 years of experience with Antarctic travel. Ensure you know all about the continent for your Antarctic cruise! Read about wildlife, destinations, travel tips, general information, and more.

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