Many people ask us when is the best time to go to Antarctica? The first Antarctic Cruises for the season tend to leave in November with the last Antarctic Cruises finishing at the end of March. This relatively short season means the general rule of thumb is - there is no bad time to take an Antarctic Cruise!
However, taking your Antarctic Cruise at different times of the Season will mean that you will see different things and this may have an influence on the time you may want to travel. For example the best time to see the Antarctica looking at its most white and snowy is in the earlier parts of the season, however if you want to see the cute Penguin Chicks then you will want to take your Antarctic Cruise towards the middle and later parts of the season. It is impossible to see everything all in the one trip, however the great thing about the Antarctic is that all times of the season have their own interests.
Below we have prepared a list of the various highlights of travelling within each part of the season. This information should only be used as a guide and we would recommend speaking with a Latin Routes Antarctic Cruises Specialist about the best time of year to travel if you have specific requirements.
Antarctic Cruises taken in the early part of the season will see the Antarctic most looking how you probably imagine it to look. Coming out of winter there will be plenty of snow around, huge icebergs and ice flows in the water. You will be witnessing the Antarctic coming into spring. Taking your Antarctic Cruise at this time will mean the following highlights;
Antarctic Cruises taken in the mid part of the season will see Antarctica in its summer time. Longer days and warmer temperatures are a big draw for visitors to the region at this time of year. Certain parts of the Antarctica will enjoy almost 24hr daylight so the photography opportunities at this time of year are endless. Taking your Antarctic Cruise at this time will mean the following highlights;
Antarctic Cruises taken in the later parts of the season will see the Antarctic coming into autumn. The light in the Antarctic Autumn becomes really beautiful particularly during sunrises and sunsets which make for some truly stunning photo opportunities. Taking your Antarctic Cruise at this time will mean the following highlights;
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