Antarctica is a land of abundant, astonishing wildlife, vast and magnificent landscapes, and quite remarkable tales of its early pioneer explorers. Although much larger than Europe, Antarctica is inhabited only by small temporary groups of research scientists.
The icy landscapes are breathtaking: mountain peaks rise to nearly five thousand metres from an ice-sheet more than one kilometre thick, while glaciers tumble towards the frozen sea, calving spectacular icebergs, sometimes of immense proportions.Equally impressive is the wildlife; for a few brief weeks each summer vast colonies of penguins, seals, seabirds, whales and orcas feed and spawn here, giving rise to a frenzy of noise and activity.
When to Travel
Antarctic expeditions offer a special place to visit throughout the summer season, which runs from October to March. However, if you have special interests, this guide may help you decide when is best for you:
- In November pack ice is breaking up and the birds are mating; sometimes with elaborate courtship rituals
- In December and January penguin chicks hatch and seal pups are born
- February and March see whale species gather, and you can head deeper into Antarctica on the most adventurous cruises
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