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    When to go to Antarctica

    The season is November through to March (the Antarctic summer) and travel is only possible during this time. Temperatures can vary be between 5 to -27.5 degrees C depending on wind and weather. Each month offers dramatically different experiences and below are just some highlights of travelling at different times of the season.  

    November 

    • Penguins and birds are nest building and courting 
    • Loads of snow and sea ice 
    • Amazing sunsets, noctilucent clouds and spring flowers in Falklands 
    • Weddell and fur seals mating 
    • Elephant seals fighting 
    • Albatross, fulmars and petrels fly the drake passage 
    • Blue eyed shags return 

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    December 

    • The start of summer, with up to 22 hours of daylight and sunnier days 
    • The density of wildlife increases – penguin rookeries fill up 
    • Seal and whale sightings common 
    • Penguin chicks begin to hatch first in falklands, then on the Peninsula mid month 
    • Humpback whales arrive back from tropics to feed 
    • There is less sea ice so landings easier 

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    January 

    • The height of summer – temps up to 15 degrees C and generally stable weather 
    • Penguin chicks at their fluffiest and asking for food 
    • Opening sea ice means vessels can cross the Antarctic circle 
    • Humpback whales focused on eating krill 
    • Ross sea ice opens up allowing access to huts of Shackleton and Scott 

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    February 

    • Penguin chicks most active and curious, chasing parents for food 
    • Peak whale spotting season as all migrating pods will now have arrived 
    • Sea ice at minimum so it is the best month for crossing polar circle 
    • Adult penguins begin moulting, chicks are fledging and learning to swim 
    • Humpbacks become more inquisitive now that they’ve eaten 

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    March 

    • Almost guaranteed great whale sightings  
    • Penguin chicks very curious and come up to visitors 
    • Good for photography, with good sunsets and sunrises 
    • Fewer ships around as season draws to a close 
    • King and macaroni penguin rookeries largest and most impressive on South Georgia

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