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  • +WHERE TO GO - Best places to go in Antarctica

    Antarctic Peninsula

    By far the most popular and scenic part of Antarctica. With an abundance of wildlife, stunning landscapes, and the warmest part of the continent it's easy to see why this is the most popular destination.

    Antarctic & Sub-Antarctic Islands

    Equally stunning in beauty and abundant wildlife, the islands off the Antarctic Peninsula can be destinations in themselves.

    Ross Sea & Vicinity

    It is teeming with large predatory fish, whales, seals, penguins and other animals that collectively comprise the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth. As such, the Ross Sea is a living laboratory providing scientists with the last chance to understand how a healthy marine ecosystem functions.

  • +When to Travel to Antarctica

    Peak Season: Mid-December to Mid-February

    • Most spectacular time for scenery and wildlife viewing (penguin egg-hatching season)
    • Longer daylight hours (nearly 24 hours of light)
    • Sea travel tends to be calmer
    • Cruise prices are at their highest
    • Less availability and booking can be more difficult
    • Landing sites more disturbed

    Late Season: Mid-February through March

    • Cruise prices are typically cheaper and more available
    • Pack ice tends to be melted allowing further travel south
    • Wale watching is at it's best
    • Temperatures start to dropĀ and daylight dwindles
    • Penguins tend to be at sea more
    • Landings can be a bit messy from prior tourists
  • +What to Bring to Antarctica

    Although summer temperatures can be surprisingly mild, you should expect wind, clouds and precipitation. For your comfort and safety, avoid getting wet (whether from perspiration, precipitation, unsuitable boots or sea spray). Bring wind and waterproof outer layers.

    Beware of tight clothing that leaves no room for trapped air, which is an excellent insulator. Wool, silk and some of the new synthetic fibers like polar fleece retain heat better than cotton.

    Those who complain, "its not the cold, its the wind," are right. Wind removes the layer of air your body has heated around you to keep itself warm. A mere four m.p.h. wind can carry away eight times more body heat than still air. The so-called wind chill factor measures the increase in cooling power of moving air, whether its wind that is blowing or you who are moving rapidly and, in effect, creating a wind against yourself.

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