5 Reasons to Visit Antarctica in January

  1. It is the height of summer on the Peninsula with temperatures rising to 60 F / 15 C and the weather is generally stable
  2. Penguin chicks are at their fluffiest and making strong demands on their busy parents for food
  3. The opening up of the ice allows the season’s first Polar Circle voyages to reach 66 degrees south
  4. Humpback whales are very focused on gorging on krill after their long commute from the tropics
  5. The ice in the Ross Sea opens up allowing a short window to access the historic huts of Shackleton & Scott

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Antarctica Cruises - January

John says

FAQs: Antarctic Travel in January

  • What are the typical weather conditions?

    It's the height of summer on the Antarctic Peninsula with temperatures rising to 60 F / 15 C and the weather is generally stable, with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

    Average temperatures:

    • Antarctic Peninsula: 32 degrees F (0.3 degrees C)
    • South Georgia: 43 degrees F (6 degrees C)
    • The Falklands: 52 degrees F (11 degrees C)
  • What's the wildlife doing?

    January is a very active month for wildlife in Antarctica. The fluffy, mega cute penguin chicks are growing rapidly and parents are taking it in turns to go out to sea to fish for their ever demanding offspring. Observe the comical "feeding chases" as the hungry chicks chase their parents along the shoreline for more food.

    Whales are seen this month in increasing numbers, particularly humpback and minke, but also orcas who are very impressive if you catch them hunting.

  • How will choosing to travel in January affect the cost?

    January is 'High Season' and the busiest month in Antarctica. The weather and wildlife are arguably at their best, and it's a very popular time for those travelers who live in the Northern Hemisphere to take a holiday, which means you need to book early (12-18 months in advance).

    As such there is an approximately 20-25% premium for choosing to travel at this time, over Shoulder Season rates.

  • Can I fly to Antarctica in January?

    Yes, charter flights from Punta Arenas in Chile to Antarctica begin in early December and operate through to mid February.

  • What additional activities are available?

    With the arrival of High Summer, the opening up of the ice allows kayakers to cover more ground, while +21 hours of daylight a day provides an interesting experience for overnight campers out on the ice.

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