When is the Best Time to Travel to Antarctica?

Discover the Seventh Continent Month by Month

Friday, June 12, 2020

There are a lot of questions to ask yourself when planning a trip to Antarctica. The one we hear most often is – when is the best time to travel to Antarctica? Summer in Antarctica is a narrow window of time between November and March, so your trip really depends on when you can travel and where your interests lie. Each summer month in Antarctica offers traveler’s a unique perspective and, of course, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To learn more about the different months in Antarctica, you can listen to Reinoud Daniels, Market Manager for US & Canada market, discuss them in this audio clip. Below is a quick look into what you can expect month by month in Antarctic’s summer season.

November – The early season of the Antarctic summer is when Penguins are numerous, just in time for mating season. It is a busy time for these birds as they build their nests, search for partners and start their families. Also, the continent is just coming out of winter, so ice and snow are still abundant. If you want to see some bigger icebergs, this is a great time to visit.

December – This is the most popular season to visit Antarctica. There are plenty of Penguin chicks to spot and seals are active as it is their mating season. It’s important to remember to plan early for this month as it is booked quickly as many people look forward to seeing the seventh continent during this time of year.

January – During this month you can expect “warmer” weather as it is the peak of the summer season in Antarctica. The average temperature in the Antarctica Peninsula area during the austral summer is about 0º C (32º F). You will see baby penguin chicks being fed by their parents who just returned from the sea with food. This time of year also has about 20 hours of sunlight giving you plenty of time to explore during your trip.

Hiking & Snowshoeing in Antarctica. Photography by Ana Carla Martínez.

February – As we get later into the season, you can expect whales to start appearing in the waters of Antarctica. It’s also a wonderful time of year for photographers as the light in February is optimal for landscape photography. To learn some Antarctica photography tips, read here.

March – End of the summer season is here. Penguin chicks are older and ready to venture into the cold waters. All the wildlife is active at this time of year, so seals and whales are also expected to be nearby. Learn more about Antarctica wildlife in our Antarctica overview section. It’s also a time where there are less people traveling to Antarctica, so you will not see many other ships during your time here.


reinoud daniels at antarctica21

Reinoud Daniels, Market Manager US & Canada


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