When to go to Antarctica

* November to March : Hurtigruten operates cruises to Antarctica from November to March. November is still pretty cold but, during this time, the polar ice begins to break up and you will see the most spectacular icescapes, pristine snow and breathtaking scenery. Wildlife is not plentiful in November but you will see penguins put on flamboyant mating displays and building their nests.

* December to end-January : This is the high season, with up to 20 hours of sunlight a day. It is also when penguins begin hatching and are a sight to behold.

* February to March : This is the best time to spot whales but other wildlife like penguins and seals may have already gone out to sea. During this time, vessels have better access to areas further south as the polar ice is melting.