When it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, the great white southern continent shakes off its heavy winter coat.
It’s summer in Antarctica – and the time when you can do an Antarctica expedition cruise.
We loved seeing all the penguins on our Antarctic expedition cruise
penguins in Antarctica will mate and give birth.
Weddell and leopard seal pups will sun themselves on the ice.
A Weddell seal on the beach at Whaler’s Bay, Deception Island – cute, eh?
Whales will cavort in the icy waters.
And while Antarctica is a harsh frozen place during its winter, it really isn’t all that cold during its summer.
Between November and March, the Antarctic Peninsula (the area most visitors explore) averages about 20 F (-6 C). Mild enough that you can even go for a quick polar dip :-).
Icebergs in Antarctica seem to radiate an incandescent blue light Antarctica expedition cruise photos
Here are some of our photos from cruising Antarctica with
Cruising in Antarctica’s spectacular Lemaire Channel
Two lonely penguins survey their surroundings (at least they have each other!)
Exploring the Weddell Sea by Zodiac
Can scenery get any more dramatic?
A Weddell seal scratches his (er… her?) nose
Cruising through ice and snow in the Lemaire Channel
A colony of Gentoo penguins inhabits Port Lockroy (where there’s even a post office!)
Kayaking in Port Lockroy
Hmmm… There’s a big iceberg in the way
A mushroom-shaped iceberg
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