Best Time to Visit Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

What you see and do during your Antarctic expedition will depend on when you go, read on to learn more! 

Imagine standing on the edge of the world, surrounded by an endless expanse of pristine white, where the air is crisp and the silence is profound. Antarctica, the Earth's final frontier, offers an adventure unlike any other. But when is the best time to embark on this journey to the southernmost continent? Let’s explore the optimal season to experience the breathtaking beauty and unique wildlife of Antarctica and what you can see.


EARLY SEASON - November to December

- Massive Icebergs

- Penguins' courting and nesting rituals

- Orcas, Southerm Elephant and Weddell Seals


MID SEASON - December to February 

- Up to 20 hours of sunlight daily

- Penguin chicks hatch

- Incredible whale-watching at Wilhelmina Bay


LATE SEASON - February - March 

- Receding pack ice allows ships to navigate further south

- Plenty of humpback, minke and killer whales

- Penguin chicks become "teenagers" as they start to frow adult feathers 


Are you ready to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience?

Quark Expeditions has spent the last three decades taking travelers on polar expeditions to remote parts of the Arctic and Antarctic where few other humans have ever set foot. The vessels in Quark Expeditions’ fleet accommodate anywhere from 128 to 199 passengers. Smaller ships can take you to remote areas that large ships simply can’t reach. We know we can give guests the best polar experience on a smaller ship. The perfect polar expedition doesn't just happen. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable and experienced professionals to bring it all together. Our Expedition Team is comprised of seasoned veterans with rich backgrounds in marine biology, history, glaciology, geology, and more. With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the industry, our Expedition Teams safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your polar adventure every step of the way.

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