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Best period to go to Antarctica

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We are planing a trip to Antarctica. Can anyone advise on the best months to go?
5 years ago, May 30th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #36871  
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We are planing a trip to Antarctica. Can anyone advise on the best months to go? Reply to this

5 years ago, June 1st 2008 No: 2 Msg: #36986  
In my opinion the best time to be there is during the winter, however it is very difficult to get there for a winter. The normal tourist season runs from the end of October to the beginning of March. The penguin rookeries are full of young chicks during the earlier part of the season and the ice flows are more substantial. Towards the end of the season the whales are more plentiful. I did my cruise during the late part of the season and it was wonderful. I am planning on going early in the season next time.

Antarctica is my favorite place in the world. A voyage there would be memorable regardless of when you go and it is worth what ever you have to pay to experience it - Smaller boats are better (I went on the bark Europa).

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions,

Keith Reply to this

5 years ago, June 3rd 2008 No: 3 Msg: #37199  

it is worth what ever you have to pay to experience it



How much would it cost to get there and what would it cost per day to stay there? Reply to this

5 years ago, June 6th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #37545  

5 years ago, June 7th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #37630  
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How much would it cost to get there and what would it cost per day to stay there?



Costs per day don't really make sense in Antarctica! There's not a whole lot to spend money on. Most visitors go by boat, and pay for everything up front. Prices vary from about 3000 USD to 30000 USD. Reply to this

5 years ago, June 7th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #37696  
The first time I went I was paid to be there and all of my transport and living expenses were covered. The second time I went, I was on a boat and I had to spend all the money I made the first time to get there. As stated above, the costs vary greatly and with only a few exceptions there are no ways for tourists to stay on the continent, so per day costs don't mean much. Reply to this

5 years ago, June 8th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #37718  
Did it in Feb 2008. If you are ready to book early in the season, and go in November, and share with 2-3 people your cabin, it indeed start at around 3500usd.

You may be in your cabin if you get sick during the Drake crossing...but if not, you are mainly out, so cabin is not that important.

My dream, doing the Ice-breaker Kabelnivov which is doing a 3 weeks trip leaving from Australia in December. It goes through the Ross Sea to Murdock Base. But hey don't even dare to put the price for a triple share cabin...we all can dream.

I was on the Orlova in Feb, can only recommend it...amazing trip!

Peter Reply to this

5 years ago, June 8th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #37725  
I was in McMurdo Station when the Captain Klebnikov came into town back in 2005. It looks like they have a great program - The helicopters they had on board were taking people all over McMurdo Sound. The cost of the trip is more than most of us make in a year (or two), so it will have to remain a dream for me as well.

It was a bit funny to listen to the people from the cruise walk around town complaining about how much a t-shirt cost in the station store, considering how much they paid for their berths.

Keith Reply to this

5 years ago, June 9th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #37814  
Hi Keith,

Love your latest comments...hey at the end of the day, dreams are just projects in the making...some may take just more time to happen... Reply to this

5 years ago, December 14th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #57429  
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I really want to go? but I afraid there may be dangerous. Reply to this

5 years ago, December 15th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #57526  
look at the stats...nobody has died because a ship had technical problems lately...so if you are in good health, don't hesitate, and go!

Peter Reply to this

4 years ago, May 26th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #73985  
WOW sounds Amazing ,something that will stand out in ones memories! Reply to this

4 years ago, March 15th 2010 No: 13 Msg: #106456  
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I really wonder how people are able to survive in that severe cold climate! Reply to this

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