5 Reasons to Visit Antarctica in March

  1. You are guaranteed great whale encounters - February and March are the best months for whale watching
  2. The penguin chicks are very curious towards visitors and are often drawn to the colour yellow in particular
  3. It's a popular month for photographers, with the sun now lower in the sky and wonderful sunsets/rises
  4. March can be a magical time as there are fewer ships around and it feels like you have Antarctica to yourself
  5. On South Georgia, the King penguin rookeries are at their most impressive and Macaroni’s are in their greatest numbers
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Early March is well worth considering, particularly for spectacular whale sightings. The lower Shoulder Season pricing can really make a difference. Do note that conditions can markedly deteriorate from mid March.

Our Top Trips in March

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What our customers think of Antarctica in March

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Penguins were definitely the highlight. I could have watched them for hours. Lemaire Channel was spectacular though we had to turn around at the end due to iceberg blocking the way. We saw many whales - fin, humpback and orca. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2017

Nathalie Lemaire - United States Of America

Best encounter with penguins was the final day. If you sat down, some of the more curious youngsters would come up to you and check you out. Made for some memorable pictures. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Tom Hoster - USA

The temperatures were more moderate than expected and the wildlife was awesome. The highlight was the zodiac cruises to see the icebergs and sea life. The most magical moment was seeing the full moon rise over the mountain top. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2019

Charles Loflin - United States Of America

It's expensive but I don't regret a penny.

Travelled: March 2018

John & Lesley - UK

If you are going late in February or March I would highly recommend a circle crossing. The feel and look of Antarctica certainly changes down there. Spectacular. Otherworldly. Impossible to convey what it's like to some one who hasn't been there.

Travelled: February 2018

Sandra & Keith - UK


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If you know when you want to explore the White Continent you can find your perfect trip on our specially dedicated year pages:

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Antarctic Travel in March: FAQs

  • What is the weather like in Antarctica in March?

    March is a time of change for Antarctica as the early onset of winter begins to be felt. From around mid March the weather becomes increasingly colder and less predictable, and the number of ships markedly thins out as the season draws to a close. It can be a tricky time of year to visit Antarctica and can feel very different, depending on whether you are there at the beginning or end of the month.

    Temperatures tend to be around -5 to 0 degrees Celsius (20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit), it can get colder, and of course, on a sunny day, it can feel a lot warmer. Wind chill may at times play a factor. Dress appropriately and you are unlikely to feel cold. Inside all the vessels you can expect standard room temperature and quite often each cabin will have its own temperature control thermostat.

    Things change quite quickly in March, for example, each day that passes there are around 15 minutes less daylight, so the sun is literally setting on the season.

  • Is March the best month for seeing wildlife in Antarctica?

    By early March in Antarctica, penguin colonies are still large and chicks are learning to swim and feed themselves. While the penguin populations in March will be smaller (although you'll still see thousands), it's prime time for whale watching, particularly in well-known hang-outs like Wilhelmina Bay. Humpbacks by March can now become more curious, particularly the juveniles.

    Towards the end of March things start to change: once the adult penguins have moulted, they start to desert the rookeries and head back to sea where they will spend the polar winter, not returning again to land until November. Whales are also fully fed and thinking about heading back north to their breeding grounds.

    For those doing the longer voyages including South Georgia, it's an exceptional time to be visiting. The King penguins are in their greatest numbers at this time making for great photography, there are lots of playful fur seals and Macaroni penguins, and the Wandering Albatrosses on Prion Island have small chicks.

    To read more on Antarctic wildlife, visit our dedicated page.

  • Is it cheaper to visit Antarctica in March?

    March is a shoulder season month to travel to Antarctica, like November, when the prices are lower than high season and trips offering good value can be found. Early March trips are definitely worth considering, however the savings made by taking a later March departure may well be eroded by the colder, less predictable weather and the fewer wildlife, so choose carefully.

  • Can I fly to Antarctica in March?

    Flights are limited this late in the season but there are still a few around. Get in touch with our Polar Specialists to find out the latest availability. 

  • What additional activities are available?

    March is still a very good month for kayaking. With the nights drawing in ever earlier as the month progresses, camping isn't always possible.

Still unsure about when to travel?

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