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What is The Best Time to Travel to Antarctica?

December 7, 2017 by Thomas Kokta  

You might have tamed most of the world, but one vast stretch of the planet still remains beyond your grasp. What is it?  The answer is “Antarctica”. This frozen continent is located at the end of the earth and has never been occupied by man permanently.

Planning a travel to Antarctica is an adventure in every sense. Even if you’re cruising there like most people do, the emptiness and the solitude will envelop you and bring you down to scale.

Not only solitude comes to mind when you’re first, standing in the middle of a penguin colony on a shoreline of Antarctica. You can ask anyone who’s enjoyed cruising in Antarctica. Be sure to beguiled by the stories about spectacular landscapes, historic sightings, and exotic wildlife species.

Do you wonder what the best time to travel to Antarctica is? Take a look at this post and get a better overview of the seasons that can be experienced in Antarctica.

The peak time for Antarctica visit falls through the spring and summer months – from October to March. The rest of the year is too cold, there is limited, if any, daylight, and thick pack ice makes human access impossible.


The Spring –

The spring in Antarctica entails October, November, and December. Those months mark the early steps of summer, yet the continent is engulfed by in snow.

Want to see the beautiful landscapes? The spring season in Antarctica won’t disappoint you at all. Besides, the snow conditions are icebergs are perfect during this time as the snow and ice not covered with bird’s nests yet.

You are likely to spot baby Crabeater seals and elephant seals while cruising in Antarctica at this time of year. Keep in mind that November is the month when penguins in Antarctica start mating and laying eggs.   Large colonies of different penguin species start to form.


The Summer –

January and February are the summer months in Antarctica. The temperature reaches up to 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the snow has dissipated to higher elevation levels, allowing cruising enthusiasts spot the beautiful rocky headlands.

The summer months are the special times of year to enjoy a considerable level of warmth. After all, the continent is showered with almost 24 hours of sunlight. When the ice starts melting partially in Antarctica, you can enjoy cruising farther south on your expedition.

Seal pups and baby penguins wander around Antarctica in January and February, offering truly striking views of wildlife like no other. You will able to see penguin parents feeding their hungry little ones. These months are also perfect to spot the whale species.

The Fall –

The month of March is fall in Antarctica. It brings in striking sunsets, dips in temperatures, and sea ice stemming from nighttime frosts. Though the fall season seems a bit chilly, it features blooming algae – that coverts ice cliffs to green and pink shades.

Cruising vacationers can be likely to spot whales in March as they’ve returned to feed. Besides whales, you can see Gentoo penguins. These are the interesting creatures to see as they act like miniature Charlie Chaplin.


Conclusion –

This is all about the best time to travel to Antarctica. You should decide whether you enjoy vacationing on the water or in the mild or chilly temperatures. All you need to do is to count on Polar Holidays for an Antarctic adventure to the end of the Earth. We have been traveling and booking expedition cruises around the Polar Regions for almost 20 years.

For a once-in-a-lifetime cruising expedition, contact us to get started!! Let us know about your suggestions on the best time to travel to Antarctica through our Facebook, and Twitter social networks.