Best time to visit Antarctica
Harsh weather allows exploration of Antarctica only a few months a year. Don’t miss your chance! Find out which month is the best to watch whales and when can you see penguin chicks hatching by scrolling down.
Antarctica average temperature by month
|Falkland Islands||South Georgia Islands||Antarctic Peninsula||South Pole|
|January||14°C (57 °F)||8°C (46 °F)||4°C (39 °F)||-26°C (-15 °F)|
|February||14°C (57 °F)||9°C (48 °F)||4°C (39 °F)||-38°C (-26 °F)|
|March||12°C (54 °F)||8°C (46 °F)||1°C (34 °F)||-50°C (-58 °F)|
|April||8°C (46 °F)||6°C (43 °F)||-2°C (28 °F)||-53°C (-63 °F)|
|May||6°C (43 °F)||4°C (39 °F)||-4°C (25 °F)||-54°C (-65 °F)|
|June||3°C (37 °F)||2°C (36 °F)||-6°C (21 °F)||-54°C (-65 °F)|
|July||4°C (39 °F)||2°C (36 °F)||-6°C (21 °F)||-55°C (-67 °F)|
|August||5°C (41 °F)||3°C (37 °F)||-5°C (23 °F)||-55°C (-67 °F)|
|September||6°C (43 °F)||4°C (39 °F)||-2°C (28 °F)||-54°C (-65 °F)|
|October||9°C (48 °F)||5°C (41 °F)||0°C (32 °F)||-48°C (-54 °F)|
|November||11°C (52 °F)||6°C (43 °F)||2°C (36 °F)||-36°C (-33 °F)|
|December||13°C (55 °F)||7°C (45 °F)||4°C (39 °F)||-26°C (-15 °F)|
When do you want to go to Antarctica?
What type of clothing should I pack?
As the weather can be harsh in polar regions, it’s important to be prepared. Make sure your clothes are waterproof, windproof, of good quality, and, preferably thermal. Waterproof pants are a must, and it’s also advisable to dress in layers.
Should I expect rough seas when cruising from South America to Antarctica?
You should expect rough conditions at some point during your cruise. However, depending on the weather conditions, you may experience water as clear and smooth as glass. Take care navigating through the ship, as you could bump into things during rough moments. Always wear rubber-soled shoes to help keep your grip.
Is there anything I can take to prevent sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness, then you may be sensitive to movement on a ship. Consult your physician before you and if necessary collect any necessary prescription medication. Crystalised ginger is often a good home remedy to ease queasiness, which you may find offered in the ship’s dining room.
How far in advance should I start planning my trip?
We recommend travellers book their tour 12-18 months in advance. Booking in advance allows you to secure your preferred cabin size and choose additional activities you wish to take part in. Depending on the cruise, you might want to kayak, camp, or hike. Keep in mind that Antarctica is accessible only between late October and late March, with each month having different highlights, so plan in advance to choose your dream cruise.
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