• Peak season
• Early December - Nesting penguins
• Mid-late December - Penguin chicks hatch
• Seal pups
• Large icebergs
• Long days (20-22 hours of daylight)
• Warmer temperatures and fair weather - good for access to landing sites
• King George Island airstrip opens
The peak season begins in December, as wildlife is active and the weather is fairer, meaning increased chances of being able to access the landing sites. Daylight lasts 20-22 hours so there's ample opportunity for spotting wildlife and taking in the stunning landscape, including the icebergs that are still large at this time.
For penguins, what you see will depend on the part of the month you visit. They are nesting in early December and then from mid-December the eggs start to hatch, so you'll likely get to see some young penguin chicks. You may also spot seal pups that have recently been born.
Fly/fly and fly/cruise trips start from December as the airstrip on King George Island opens this month.