Antarctica

It’s the final frontier and its wild beauty is the stuff of legend, as is its capacity for adventure. Encounter whales, seals and penguins by the thousands. Cruise past icebergs, gaze into a midnight sunset and feel the crunch of ice under your boots as you walk where few have ever stepped. Antarctica must truly be seen to be believed.

Antarctica Tours & Travel

All our Antarctica trips

Antarctic Explorer

11 days from
USD $5,995
CAD $6,350
AUD $6,595
EUR €4,430
GBP £3,580
NZD $7,820
ZAR R60,030
CHF FR5,655

Sail through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, experiencing some of the most...

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Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Diamond) 2015

11 days from
USD $5,995
CAD $7,035
AUD $6,900
EUR €4,600
GBP £3,700
NZD $7,685
ZAR R69,065
CHF FR5,745

Sail through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, experiencing some of the most...

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Antarctic Express: Fly South

9 days from
USD $7,955
CAD $8,465
AUD $8,795
EUR €6,400
GBP £5,200
NZD $10,425
ZAR R80,055
CHF FR7,540

Fly over the Drake Passage from Punta Arenas on the way to Antarctica. Cruise around the South Shetland Islands and...

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Antarctic Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 2015

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $8,260
AUD $8,100
EUR €5,400
GBP £4,300
NZD $9,020
ZAR R81,080
CHF FR6,745

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Antarctic Explorer

12 days from
USD $7,595
CAD $8,045
AUD $8,355
EUR €5,610
GBP £4,540
NZD $9,905
ZAR R76,050
CHF FR7,165

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

23 days from
USD $17,995
CAD $21,210
AUD $20,800
EUR €13,800
GBP £11,100
NZD $23,165
ZAR R208,205
CHF FR17,325

Embark on a cruise across the Antarctic Circle and visit the Falklands, South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic...

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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

8 days from
USD $8,995
CAD $9,525
AUD $9,895
EUR €7,200
GBP £5,900
NZD $11,730
ZAR R90,065
CHF FR8,485

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Crossing the Circle (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

14 days from
USD $8,795
CAD $10,400
AUD $10,200
EUR €6,700
GBP £5,400
NZD $11,360
ZAR R102,100
CHF FR8,495

Uncover the sublime white beauty of Antarctica on this Southern Expedition. Travel across the Drake Passage to the...

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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

11 days from
USD $10,995
CAD $11,645
AUD $12,095
EUR €8,800
GBP £7,200
NZD $14,340
ZAR R110,090
CHF FR10,370

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George...

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Antarctic Express: Fly North (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

10 days from
USD $11,395
CAD $13,460
AUD $13,200
EUR €8,700
GBP £7,100
NZD $14,700
ZAR R132,130
CHF FR10,995

Cruise through the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, then catch a flight back to...

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Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

15 days from
USD $9,995
CAD $10,585
AUD $10,995
EUR €8,000
GBP £6,500
NZD $13,035
ZAR R100,080
CHF FR9,430

Uncover the sublime white beauty of Antarctica on this Southern Expedition. Travel across the Drake Passage to the...

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

20 days from
USD $12,795
CAD $15,095
AUD $14,800
EUR €9,800
GBP £7,900
NZD $16,480
ZAR R148,145
CHF FR12,330

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland and South Georgia islands for a magical...

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia - Ocean Diamond

20 days from
USD $12,995
CAD $13,765
AUD $14,295
EUR €10,400
GBP £8,500
NZD $16,945
ZAR R130,115
CHF FR12,260

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland and South Georgia islands for a magical...

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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

10 days from
USD $11,995
CAD $14,175
AUD $13,900
EUR €9,200
GBP £7,400
NZD $15,480
ZAR R139,135
CHF FR11,580

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George...

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Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia - Sea Adventurer

23 days from
USD $18,995
CAD $20,115
AUD $20,895
EUR €15,200
GBP £12,400
NZD $24,770
ZAR R190,190
CHF FR17,920

Embark on a cruise across the Antarctic Circle and visit the Falklands, South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic...

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia - Sea Spirit

20 days from
USD $15,595
CAD $16,515
AUD $17,155
EUR €12,500
GBP £10,200
NZD $20,335
ZAR R156,150
CHF FR14,710

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland and South Georgia islands for a magical...

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Antarctic Express: Fly/Cruise Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

17 days from
USD $19,995
CAD $23,555
AUD $23,100
EUR €15,300
GBP £12,400
NZD $25,725
ZAR R231,225
CHF FR19,240

Travel to the ends of the earth to witness the dramatic beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula and discover the...

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Antarctica's Scotia Arc

25 days from
USD $19,595
CAD $20,755
AUD $21,555
EUR €14,470
GBP £11,710
NZD $25,555
ZAR R196,200
CHF FR18,485

Travel to the icy heart of Antarctica, a land of extremes and a place of natural beauty like nowhere else on earth....

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Antarctica,South Georgia and Falklands ending in Buenos Aires

23 days from
USD $15,995
CAD $16,940
AUD $17,595
EUR €11,810
GBP £9,560
NZD $20,860
ZAR R160,155
CHF FR15,090

Brace yourself for the extreme natural beauty of Antarctica. Hike glaciers and visit remote beaches in the Antarctic...

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Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

11 days from
USD $6,295
CAD $7,470
AUD $7,325
EUR €4,810
GBP £3,900
NZD $8,155
ZAR R73,320
CHF FR6,100

Sail through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, experiencing some of the most...

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Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia - Ocean Diamond

23 days from
USD $19,995
CAD $21,175
AUD $21,995
EUR €16,000
GBP £13,000
NZD $26,075
ZAR R200,205
CHF FR18,860

Embark on a cruise across the Antarctic Circle and visit the Falklands, South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic...

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Crossing the Circle

13 days from
USD $9,295
CAD $9,845
AUD $10,225
EUR €7,500
GBP £6,100
NZD $12,120
ZAR R93,070
CHF FR8,770

Venture to the bottom of the world and explore the Antarctic Circle on this daring sea adventure, crossing the Drake...

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Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

12 days from
USD $6,795
CAD $7,980
AUD $7,825
EUR €5,210
GBP £4,200
NZD $8,715
ZAR R78,325
CHF FR6,520

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Antarctic Explorer

12 days from
USD $5,995
CAD $6,350
AUD $6,595
EUR €4,430
GBP £3,580
NZD $7,820
ZAR R60,030
CHF FR5,655

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Antarctic Express Fly North

9 days from
USD $7,995
CAD $8,465
AUD $8,795
EUR €6,400
GBP £5,200
NZD $10,425
ZAR R80,055
CHF FR7,540

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

20 days from
USD $11,795
CAD $13,895
AUD $13,625
EUR €9,010
GBP £7,300
NZD $15,175
ZAR R136,385
CHF FR11,350

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland and South Georgia islands for a magical...

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Articles on Antarctica

Shackleton’s centenary: what does it mean to survive?

Posted on Thu, 7 Aug 2014 by Tim Jarvis

As we count down the days to the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton setting off on his Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-16 I find myself considering what it was that compelled him to go, enabled him to survive and motivated me to follow him 100 years later?

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Saving Antarctica from man

Posted on Tue, 15 Apr 2014 by Jane Crouch

“Had we attempted to retrace Shackleton’s polar survival journey as recently as 1962, a knock on the door of the managers’ house at Stromness whaling station would have met with [...]

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Top 15 wild animal encounters

Posted on Mon, 17 Feb 2014 by Jane Crouch

From sloths hanging out, to whales breathtakingly breeching and lions stalking their prey – when we asked you about your best experiences with animals when travelling, we were inundated with [...]

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Why Antarctica is another world

Posted on Fri, 20 Dec 2013 by Sue Elliot

Hot off the press are Intrepid’s new Polar brochures, packed full of more Antarctica and Arctic adventures than ever before. To research these fantastic trips, we sent our own Wendy [...]

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About Antarctica

At a glance

Trips Available: 0
Capital city: n/a
Population: 1,000-5,000 (seasonal)
Language: n/a
Currency: USD
Time zone: (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin)
Dialing code: n/a

Best time to visit Antarctica

Antarctica has a strict summer window for visitors. In winter the ice pack extends out and darkness closes in almost 24 hours a day. With mid-year temperatures reaching down to -50 degrees Celsius, even the most outgoing adventurer would think twice. In summer, the sun is out most of the day and temperatures can reach a heady 2 degrees C. This is the ideal time to spot penguin chicks hatching, whales migrating and seals frolicking.

Antarctica weather chart

Geography and environment

As the world’s highest, driest and coldest continent, it’s no surprise that Antarctica is the only one to have no permanent human population. This vast wilderness is covered with an ice sheet 4 km thick, broken only by mountain ranges and ice streams. Despite the huge amount of frozen water (90% of the world’s ice is here), Antarctica is a desert and conditions are harsh. Antarctica’s nearest neighbours are across the Southern Ocean, past icebergs and whales, in Argentina, Chile and New Zealand. It’s a long way to go for a cup of sugar.

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Top 5 Antarctic Experiences

1. Take a Walk

Words can’t describe the feeling of setting foot on the Antarctic Peninsula. Surrounded by ice and knowing that you’re walking where only a handful of people have ever gone before is simply incredible.

2. Whale of a Time

The Antarctic summer is peak whale watching time in the Southern Ocean. Eight species head to the krill-rich waters to feast. It’s not uncommon to see massive blue whales breeching, orcas hunting seals or pods of humpbacks playing.

3. Penguin Encounters

It’s thought that 20 million penguins live in the Antarctic region, and if you find yourself in the midst of a colony, you’ll feel like every single one of them is there with you.

4. Zodiac Cruising

Zodiac is by far the best way to get close to all Antarctica has to offer. Enjoy almost daily landings on beaches, zip around icebergs, get close to whales, or land near a colony of penguins.

5. Polar Plunge

Entertain the resident Gentoo penguins by stripping down to your swimwear and taking a dip in the bracing waters of Neko Harbour. It might be the shortest swim you ever take, but the bragging rights will last a lifetime.

FAQs on Antarctica

Yes, a laundry service at a reasonable cost is included on every ship.
The menu changes every day. Breakfast is buffet style. Lunch often features a buffet. Dinner is plated service, with a choice of three main dishes. A vegetarian choice is always offered. Afternoon tea, with pastries or cookies, is provided every day. Fresh pastries arrive warm from the oven for early birds about 6am.
With luck you’ll go ashore most days once we reach the Antarctic. You’ll have the opportunity to go on zodiac excursions to research stations, penguin colonies, pebble beaches and around icebergs. However, we operate under IAATO guidelines that limit the number of travellers and expedition staff allowed ashore during each landing. No more than 100 people can be ashore at any one time, and in some locations that number is 50. None of our Antarctic vessels carry more than 128 travellers.
Pick a spot no closer than 5 metres (15 feet) from the penguins. Sit or kneel - you're making yourself smaller, therefore less threatening. Wait quietly, with your camera ready to take some incredible photographs. Penguins are curious. They may come to you.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
No specific visa is required to enter Antarctica beyond the requirements of the country your trip departs from - most likely Argentina or Chile.

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Antarctica Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Antarctica

1. Don’t use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.

2. Don’t feed, touch, or handle birds or seals or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behavior. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or molting.

3. Don’t damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.

4. Don’t use guns or explosives. Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.

5. Don’t bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic, such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats, or house plants.

6. Know the location of areas that have been afforded special protection and observe any restrictions regarding entry and activities that can be carried out in and near them.

7. Don’t damage, remove, or destroy historic sites or monuments or any artifacts associated with them.

8. Don’t interfere with scientific research facilities or equipment.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible VoyageAlfred Lansing
Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever WrittenLennard Bickel
An Adventurer's Guide to Antarctica and the Subantarctic IslandsMarilyn J. Landis