Austral Summer

 

WHAT TO SEE AND WHEN DURING THE AUSTRAL SUMMER

Our voyages operate during the five-month austral summer – November through to March – when the continent is at its most spectacular.  However, within that period each month has its own special highlights, so choose your departure date with these possibilities in mind.

November (late spring - early summer)
Undoubtedly the most adventurous and, in some ways, the most awe-inspiring time to visit.

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Huge volumes of ice and pristine snow

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Incredible courtship displays in the penguin rookeries (including nest building and stone stealing)

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Scientists at the research stations welcome the first visitors of the season

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Fur seal courtship most active on South Georgia

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Spring flowers bloom on the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

December - January (full summer)
Antarctica’s warmest months when wildlife activities are in full swing.

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Longer days with more daylight –  take stunning photos at midnight!

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A rare opportunity to spend an unforgettable Christmas or New Year in Antarctica

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The first penguin chicks hatch on South Georgia and the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) - followed in mid-December by the first Antarctic chicks

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Seal pups are visible on South Georgia

February - March (late summer)
The weather is still good and the wildlife active but, most importantly, this is the best whale watching time of the season.

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Ice allows exploration further south along the Antarctic Peninsula

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Best whale watching of the season

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Penguin rookeries at their busiest, with the adult birds fetching krill and feeding their chicks

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Fur seals most common along the Antarctic Peninsula and young fur seals at their most playful on South Georgia

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Penguin chicks begin to fledge late February/early March


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