Antarctica is the last wilderness, an untamed and uninhabited continent that promises to dazzle even the most world-weary traveller. Setting foot on the Antarctic Peninsula is an incredible experience, and we highly recommend it to everyone. Moreover, Antarctica is a destination like no other. Whether it’s the breathtaking glacial landscapes, the extraordinary and abundant wildlife, or the profound sense of being in the presence of nature’s extremes. Whatever your motivation, we are confident that your cruise to Antarctica will be an unforgettable adventure that will leave an indelible mark on your memories.
What is the best time to travel to Antarctica?
The Antarctic season runs from late October to early April, and it’s divided between:
– Antarctica reveals its pristine beauty during the early season (November and early December). Icebergs and ice formations are at their most striking and dramatic, creating a breathtaking spectacle. The snow blankets the continent in pure, dazzling white as it awakens from its winter slumber. November is a time of high activity for penguins, with many species engaging in mating and nesting behaviors. The abundant ice and snow offer the opportunity for thrilling activities like skiing and snowshoeing.
– Peak season (mid-December to mid-February) offers optimal wildlife viewing, long daylight hours, stunning sunsets, and calmer seas. January is ideal for witnessing adorable penguin chicks hatching and playful fur seal pups. Voyages tend to sell out far in advance. Thus, planning to secure your preferred ship and cabin type is essential.
– During the late season (February and March), you can spot abundant orcas, humpback, and sperm whales. There’s a chance to encounter penguin chicks and witness the bustling rookeries in all their noisy and chaotic glory.
Highlights of Antarctica:
– Dubbed “Kodak Gap” for its jaw-dropping scenery, the ice-choked Lemaire Channel is hemmed in by cliffs and one of Antarctica’s most memorable sights.
– Wildlife lovers should head to South Georgia for mind-boggling multitudes of penguins, sea elephants, and more!
– See the stars of the movie Happy Feet. Adelie penguins are even cuter in real life!
Our Experts Choice:
Antarctica provides exceptional opportunities for adventurous travelers. Activities like snowshoeing, ski and snowboard touring, alpine trekking, and climbing are popular in the early season. Meanwhile, thrilling options such as sea kayaking, snorkeling, diving, camping, and the famous polar plunge are available throughout the season.
– Embark on a journey to South Georgia and delve into the rich human history of Antarctic exploration, highlighted by a visit to Shackleton’s grave.
Choosing your cruise:
Cruising in Antarctica is all about the time you spend off the ship. Therefore, although many vessels offer high comfort and amenities, we believe luxury liners are unsuitable for Antarctic exploration.
Antarctic regulations also limit onshore access to 100 passengers at a time. Therefore, we suggest a smaller vessel to maximize your time onshore. Additionally, all the recommended ships are expedition vessels, prioritizing ample time spent off the boat. In addition to the size of the ship, there are other factors to consider, such as budget, cruise duration, destinations, and optional activities. Are you dreaming of camping on the Antarctic continent? Would you like to kayak among majestic icebergs and playful penguins? Or perhaps you’re seeking to enhance your photography skills with the guidance of a professional.
Talk to our expert consultants about choosing the right ship and journey for your Antarctic adventure. We would love to share our experiences with you!