Antarctica in January

At this time, there is a lot of activity in the penguin rookeries and young penguins are endearingly fluffy. Landscapes will be grey and not covered in snow.

January weather & where to go

Much of the sea ice has receded and while you may not see as much of the spectacular ice formations Antarctica is known for, a brief window of opportunity opens up allowing some visitors the chance to visit the historic sites of Scott and Shackleton's expedition huts. 


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There is less snow on the landscape revealing grey rock which may disappoint landscape photographers, but instead point your camera at the hive of activity in the penguin rookeries.

The young penguins are now fluffy and grey, while busy parents fend off Skua birds that feed on the chicks. The beaches are busy with the adult penguins rushing back and forth to the rookery with food for their demanding offspring.


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