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Antarctica: The season at a glance

Our Guide To Antarctica:
The season at a glance

Antarctica's scenery and wildlife is spectacular  no matter when you go, but you may be drawn to a particular part of the season depending on your interests. We share what you may see as the season unfolds:

Orne Harbour 


  • Start of the season: clean. untouched landing sites.
  • Spring flowers peppering the Falklands and South Georgia.
  • Courtship rituals of penguins and other seabirds, nest building.
  • Elephant and fur seals court and carve out their territories.
  • Emperor penguins on the frozen wastes of the Weddell Sea.
  • Best chance of getting up close to some of Antarctica's largest icebergs

 Weddekk Sea Pup

December - January

  • Long days of summer lights, milder temperatures.
  • Penguin chicks begin to hatch
  • Seal pups born on South Georgia and the Falklands.
  • Whale sightings increase.

Antartic Circle 

February - March

  • Excellent whale-watching opportunities.
  • Penguin chicks begin to fledge.
  • Fur seals increasingly numerous on the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Colourful snow algae breaks the snow-white domination of the landscape.
  • The pack ice is breaking up and may allow for deeper exploration.

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