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McMurdo-Sund is a large ice-covered region located in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. It is the largest ice shelf in the world, covering an area of approximately 5,400,000 square kilometers. The region is mainly composed of thick, floating ice shelves and is bordered on the south by the Ross Sea and on the north by the Amundsen Sea. The region is also home to numerous islands, including the McMurdo Sound, which is the largest island in Antarctica.

McMurdo-Sund has a long and interesting history, dating back to the early 1900s. In 1911, the first human expedition to Antarctica, led by Robert Falcon Scott, set out from McMurdo Sound. The expedition reached the South Pole in 1912, making Scott the first person to reach the pole. In 1929, the first permanent research station was established on Ross Island, near the edge of the McMurdo-Sund. This station, named “Little America”, was the first permanent human settlement in Antarctica.

McMurdo-Sund is also home to numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales. The region is also home to many scientific research stations, which are used to study the region’s unique environment and climate. The region is also a popular destination for tourists, who come to experience its unique wildlife and scenery.

McMurdo-Sund is an important part of Antarctica’s history and culture, and is home to some of the most unique and fascinating wildlife and scenery in the world. It is a place of stunning beauty and immense scientific importance, and is an important part of the global scientific research community.

Excursion tips for a day in McMurdo-Sund

As a tourist in McMurdo-Sund in Antarctica, there are plenty of activities to enjoy during the day. Here are some of the most popular activities:

1. Go on a guided tour of the historic sites around McMurdo Station, including the Discovery Hut and Scott’s Hut.

2. Explore the nearby glaciers and ice fields, and take in the stunning scenery.

3. Enjoy a cruise around the surrounding waters of the Ross Sea, and look out for wildlife such as seals, penguins, and whales.

4. Visit the nearby Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery.

5. Take a snowmobile tour of the area and learn more about the local flora and fauna.

6. Visit the McMurdo Dry Valleys, which are home to unique geological features and a variety of wildlife.

7. Take part in a workshop or educational program to learn more about the local environment and the history of Antarctica.

8. Visit the local museum and learn about the history of the area.

9. Enjoy the stunning night sky and take in the stars and the aurora australis.

10. Take part in an ice fishing experience and learn more about the local fishing industry.

Experience McMurdo-Sund with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit McMurdo-Sund. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in McMurdo-Sund

The climate in McMurdo-Sound, Antarctica, is extremely cold and dry throughout the year. During the summer (December-February), temperatures range from -2 to 5°C with some days reaching up to 10°C, and the sun is out for 24 hours a day. During the autumn (March-May), temperatures drop to -20 to -10°C, and the sun is out for 18 hours a day. During the winter (June-August), temperatures range from -30 to -20°C and the sun is out for only 6 hours a day. During the spring (September-November), temperatures range from -15 to -5°C and the sun is out for 12 hours a day.

Cruise weather for McMurdo-Sund

Our weather forecast for McMurdo-Sund helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jun. 26th 2024 Jun. 26th 2024 max: -20.1 °C
min: -29 °C
46.4 m/s
57.6 m/s
54.4 %
11.5 m
67.2 %
984 hPa

Jun. 27th 2024 Jun. 27th 2024 max: -27.6 °C
min: -35.9 °C
10.1 m/s
9.7 m/s
62.7 %
10.5 m
72.5 %
983 hPa

Jun. 28th 2024 Jun. 28th 2024 max: -23.1 °C
min: -36.9 °C
14.4 m/s
14.8 m/s
86.8 %
12.3 m
70.1 %
976 hPa

Jun. 29th 2024 Jun. 29th 2024 max: -18.3 °C
min: -27 °C
28.1 m/s
46.1 m/s
99.2 %
21.6 m
75.3 %
991 hPa

Jun. 30th 2024 Jun. 30th 2024 max: -14.5 °C
min: -23 °C
14.0 m/s
18.7 m/s
100.0 %
10.5 m
76.9 %
997 hPa

Jul. 1st 2024 Jul. 1st 2024 max: -16.6 °C
min: -28.3 °C
28.1 m/s
46.1 m/s
60.4 %
24.1 m
74.8 %
999 hPa

Jul. 2nd 2024 Jul. 2nd 2024 max: -26.1 °C
min: -30.2 °C
26.3 m/s
41.8 m/s
98.9 %
19.7 m
72.0 %
993 hPa

Jul. 3rd 2024 Jul. 3rd 2024 max: -26.7 °C
min: -31.5 °C
14.8 m/s
23.4 m/s
35.0 %
10.7 m
73.6 %
991 hPa

Jul. 4th 2024 Jul. 4th 2024 max: -29.9 °C
min: -33.1 °C
11.9 m/s
15.5 m/s
88.8 %
2.9 m
73.1 %
984 hPa

Jul. 5th 2024 Jul. 5th 2024 max: -28.0 °C
min: -33.1 °C
10.4 m/s
10.1 m/s
99.7 %
8.5 m
73.6 %
992 hPa

Jul. 6th 2024 Jul. 6th 2024 max: -22.1 °C
min: -30.2 °C
10.1 m/s
9.7 m/s
62.5 %
11.2 m
71.1 %
994 hPa

Jul. 7th 2024 Jul. 7th 2024 max: -16.3 °C
min: -21.7 °C
12.2 m/s
11.5 m/s
100.0 %
20.9 m
73.7 %
983 hPa

Jul. 8th 2024 Jul. 8th 2024 max: -15.1 °C
min: -22.7 °C
37.4 m/s
57.2 m/s
86.2 %
13.1 m
79.2 %
995 hPa

Jul. 9th 2024 Jul. 9th 2024 max: -22.7 °C
min: -27.1 °C
18.4 m/s
29.5 m/s
25.6 %
24.0 m
73.4 %
995 hPa

Jul. 10th 2024 Jul. 10th 2024 max: -25.8 °C
min: -33 °C
11.2 m/s
10.8 m/s
21.8 %
9.9 m
70.5 %
987 hPa

Cruises to McMurdo-Sund

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Scheduled ship calls in McMurdo-Sund, Antarctica
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