When to Go

High Season (Jan & Dec)

  • Expect up to 20 hours of sunlight each day, and the main influx of Antarctic visitors.
  • Days are the warmest the continent will see.
  • Penguins hatch eggs and feed chicks; seabirds soar.

Shoulder (Feb, Mar & Nov)

  • February to March is prime time for whale-watching, and penguin chicks are fledging.
  • In November the ice breaks up and penguins court.

Low Season (Apr–Oct)

  • Continuous sunrise and sunset bring fantastic skies, bracketing midwinter, when 24-hour darkness reigns.
  • Winterovers find aurora australis, isolation and extreme temperatures.