Antarctica Tours & Expeditions for 2016 & 2017
Antarctica cruises are becoming more and more popular. It may surprise you to learn that from November to March, the temperatures range from the 20's to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
What will you see on your Antarctic cruise or tour journey? Sights change rapidly during the austral summer season. Local flora and fauna must pack a lot of living into these few warm months, so each cruise departure is, in effect, travelling to a different and ever changing Antarctica. November to early December offers the spectacular courtship rituals of penguins and seabirds, wildflowers on the Falklands and South Georgia, and the highest level of research activity. Mid-December to January see the emergence of penguin chicks and seal pups, escalating whale sightings, and longer days creating incredible light conditions for photography. February to March bring whale sightings at their best, blooming snow algae, and increasingly numerous fur seals on the Antarctic Peninsula. The wildlife of Antarctica has a lot to do during this short summer, penguins nest, chicks hatch and seals and whales make the most of abundant food stocks. Whether you visit at the beginning or end of the season there is always something to see.
Though it isn't a passive destination, rest assured that travel to the Deep South doesn't require great physical exertion or feats of special fitness unless you book with an adventure tour company where things like kayaking, hiking or sleeping on a glacier are optional.
All Antarctica cruises begin in Argentina, 620 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula. Weather and ice determine the schedules in this part of the world, with cruises taking place during the Antarctic summer, November to March, when there are up to twenty hours of sunlight each day. Even with this much sun, temperatures only range from 20 to 50 degrees. Cruises can vary in length, usually between 10 and 17 days, but all offer excellent presentations on this very special place and optional activities such as camping and kayaking.
An Antarctica expedition is an unforgettable journey of discovery. Breathtaking floating castles of ice glistening in the warmth of the austral sun.. moments later they are a glow in an iridescent display of color. This immense wilderness is a fabulous place and a virtually pristine paradise for wildlife with incomparable scenery of mountains, snow and ice.
It is a privilege to visit the awe-inspiring land and experience the special magic that has lured explorers, adventurers and scientists for more than two centuries.
Few have experienced Antarctica, truly the last pristine region on earth and land like no other in the geography and history of the world. And fewer still have combined their journey to include her outer islands or the Chilean Fjords. Your days will be filled with unparalleled opportunities to observe this abundant wildlife filled land.