There's "Summer" in Antarctica and That's the Best Season to Visit

There’s “Summer” in Antarctica and That’s the Best Season to Visit

Antarctica is the subject of wonder, awe and mystery for many travellers and explorers. Here's a travel story to let you see Antarctica's real beauty.

Antarctica is the subject of wonder, awe and mystery for many travellers and explorers. Even more so for the common folk. Indeed, it was just a place on the map that I had just gazed at, fantasising about a visit one day.


It was actually quite late in life that I realised that it is quite possible to do so. While I knew scientific expeditions to the southernmost continent were common, I never knew that tourist visits were possible on cruise ships. And there are quite a number of establishments that arrange that as well!

Being the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, the only window of time possible for tourist visits are the “summer” months from mid November to early March. While different months may yield slightly different experiences, every visit will blow your mind away with its spectacular untamed landscapes and amazing untouched wildlife. In early season, for example in December, you may see pristine white winterscapes and adult penguins convorting in the snow. In February, however, you may see penguin chicks shedding fur among poo-covered icy ground. But the common denominator of it all is that you would go away with a trip of a lifetime!

With the advancement of world connectedness through internet, one can easily find tour operators with Antarctic cruises. However, if you have a bit more time, you may well visit Ushuaia Argentina, commonly known as the southernmost city on the world. Most cruise ships depart from here to Antarctica, and you may get better deals from here.

Needless to say, the Antarctic is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been and one of my most memorable trips I’ve had.

Amazing icebergs on display

Adele penguins upclose

Penguins and ice-cliffs are common sights

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So are seals

Plenty of other birds

Visits to research stations

Sailing in an icy world…

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Contributed by Roving Light.

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Wu Swee Ong
Wu Swee Ong

Off-the-beaten-path destinations. Beautiful places. Swee Ong pursues his passion for travel and photography with half a budget but all his heart. Aside from sharing his images, he shares his stories as well as recommended destinations of his travels around the world, through Roving Light and his Instagram.