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When is the best time to visit Antarctica?

Travel on an expedition cruise to Antarctica (and the south Atlantic islands of South Georgia and the Falklands) is only possible between late October and late March, which are the southern hemisphere summer months. Within this window of exploring opportunity there are some variations in what you might see, but whenever you go it will be a trip of a lifetime, and luck will play a large part in what you see. As for the infamous Drake Passage - the two day sea crossing to get to and from Antarctica – there is no time of year when this is likely to be calmer.

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It's hard to say when the best month to visit is because any time within the Antarctica cruise season is incredible. For the best opportunity to see whales, February or March is advisable. However, if that is not your primary focus then you should just put yourself in the hands of mother nature and be blown away whenever you visit.

Lizzie, Latin America and Polar Specialist

Antarctica Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
South Georgia 7°C 103mm 8°C 147mm 7°C 152mm 4°C 162mm 2°C 169mm 1°C 151mm 0°C 145mm 1°C 145mm 2°C 142mm 4°C 111mm 6°C 102mm 6°C 92mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Antarctica

Gentoo penguins

Visiting Antarctica in December - January

High summer in Antarctica. Days are long, the temperatures are at their ‘warmest’ and the penguins, seals and seabirds are active everywhere. Christmas and New Year is a very busy time for Antarctica cruise travel, so if you wish to travel at this time please plan well in advance.

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