The only time to visit Antarctica is during its mild summer months that run from late October through to March. While every Antarctic expedition is unbeatable and there is no ‘best’ time to travel, if there is something in particular you want to see, then we can advise as to when is the most suitable time for you to visit the region.
At the beginning of the Antarctic season the white landscapes and impressive icebergs will be more dramatic than during any other period. This also is the best time to travel for bird watching as it is the courting season for penguins and sea birds, with whole penguin rookeries displaying their courtship and nest building rituals. In South Georgia and the Falkland Islands the flowers bloom and the fur seals will be courting. You may also encounter male elephant seals competing for mating rights on the beach. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets create stunning photographic opportunities.
During the warmest summer months the Antarctic wildlife is at its most active. The first penguin chicks emerge in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands and from mid-December the species inhabiting the white landscapes of the peninsula start to hatch. Fur seals are breeding and with the receding ice, whale sightings are increasing. The days are at their longest and with up to 24 hours of daylight there is always something to see.
At the end of summer the penguin colonies are bustling. The chicks are now gathered together in crèches while the adults search for krill to feed their fast growing and chubby chicks, most of which will be moulting and fledge in late February and early March. Leopard seal pups provide great entertainment as they hone their hunting skills and fur seals are increasingly common on the Antarctic Peninsula. These months are renowned to be the best for whale watching and the receding pack ice allows boats to cruise further south, while the soft light can be ideal for photography.
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