Patagonia is a region spread across southern Argentina and Chile and the most impressive feature of this region are the Fjords. Fjords as you may know are narrow and deep ravines left by retreating glaciers which are then occupied by sea with steep walls of rock on either side. Fjords can be found in a few handful of places on earth like Norway, New Zealand, Canada, Greenland, the U.S. state of Alaska and lastly Chile and they do extend a bit into Argentina.
Well December is peak summer in Patagonia and Antarctica. This is when tourism, wildlife and nature come alive and it makes for the perfect time to travel. The Patagonian Fjords are probably the least visited fjords in the world due to their remote location and also because there aren’t many companies that offer trips around here.
If you do wish to explore these magical fjords full of unique wildlife we offer luxury cruises that come with marine biologists and scientific experts as your guides. It becomes more than a cruise; it becomes an unforgettable life experience. You will see whales, puffins, penguins, icebergs and so much more.
In fact the cruise of the Patagonian Fjords is so beautiful we have clients who tend to like it more than the Antarctica cruises. We offer stand alone Patagonian Fjord cruises, Antarctica cruises and cruises that club both as well as fly and sail options!
When it comes to Antarctica the travel options have increased exponentially. Earlier most trips to Antarctica were called expeditions and involved a gruesome cruise across some really rough patches like the Beagule Channel. Today if you wish you can opt for a shorter Patagonian Fjord cruise followed by a fly in Sail out option for Antarctica.
In Antarctica there are cruises that just sail by the continent but don’t really take you to the mainland. You might want to avoid such cruises. Opt for more experiential cruises that let you disembark on the mainland, some even include staying on Antarctica! After all you want to be able to experience the White Continent not just sail past it!
December is the peak summer month and when most cruises are operating comfortably. Expect day temperatures to be around 20-22°C so you can comfortably be hiking the fjords in shorts and a t-shirt on your cruise excursions. Expect around 18 hrs of daylight!
On Antarctica at the South Pole the temperatures are as low as -29°C but at the Esperanza Base, where most cruise ships go it’s between -2°C to 4 °C. Again Daylight hours are long and wildlife abounds.