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When to Go to Antarctica

Tours go to Antarctica from the beginning of October to the end of March. In October, only one ship, an ice cutter, runs the route. During the other months, a different facet of Antarctica is presented to its visitors. In the growing hours of light in November, the penguins beginning arriving, courting and laying eggs. By December, the hatchlings have emerged. In January and February, it is a carpet of penguins you see, with the young now almost the size of their parents. Other animals are also numerous in these months. These summer months have temperatures ranging from -5ºC-5ºC (23-41ºF). Don’t expect to see the Aurora Australis, as the days are too long. The best time of the year to see Southern Lights are March-September.

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