When to visit Antarctica
Antarctica is open for business when the sea ice breaks up in November, and before it starts to close up again at the end of March. It’s possible to kayak all the way through the cruising season. Camping will be very cold in November, but is best done before the snow gets too slushy in March. Diving trips tend to depart in February and March, when the water is at its clearest. ‘Best times’ aside, if you’re looking to have a more adventurous holiday, you should book based on where the availability is, rather than having your heart set on a certain week.
Simon Evans, from our Antarctica holiday specialists Chimu Adventures, had an adventure under canvas: “I camped on Antarctica in mid-November and we had a sort of dusk from ten ‘til two in the morning, but it didn’t get pitch black. If you camp in mid-summer you’ll get 24-hour daylight.”
What to see when in the Antarctic
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