Cast adrift to the extremes of the earth and discover great white landscapes full of icy inlets and frozen coves. Experience the rush of setting foot on some of the world's most remote terrain, witness brilliant natural phenomena and come to terms with the sheer size and scale of our planet's polar regions.

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Our polar ships

Each of our polar ships is specifically designed to tackle high seas and icy winds, offering everything you need to enjoy your big polar adventure in comfort and style. Click on any of our boats below to view detailed deck plans and read more about ship and cabin facilities. 

Meet our expedition leaders

David Wood

Woody’s love of the ocean and the wild places at the extremes of the planet has resulted in a life at sea, in both the northern or southern hemispheres, for the past ten years. He is passionate about the landscapes, ice, wildlife and history of these special places and delights in sharing his interests with passengers.

David "Dutch" Wilmott

A veteran of both the Antarctic and Arctic, Dutch is an unashamed polar addict. Having studied geography and environmental science at university and sailed the North West and Drake passages innumerable times, his knowledge and extreme enthusiasm for the landscapes and wildlife of each pole is infectious.

Polar wildlife

Puffin

Arctic Fox

King Penguins

Seals

Polar bear

Svarlbard Reindeer

Walrus

Sperm Whale

Optional activities

Camping in Antarctica

Spend a night out on the Antarctic ice.  It may be cold, but we’ll provide all the gear you need to have an unforgettable experience.  On each trip, camping is limited to 30 passengers, so book early.

Mountaineering in Antarctica

If you’re up for a real challenge, spend a day with crampons and ice axes climbing ice, unnamed mountains in Antarctica.  Needless to say, passengers choosing this option must have exceptional fitness and the mental stamina to climb for long periods, as adventures can last up to 10 hours.

 

Sea kayaking in Antarctica and the Arctic

Up to 16 people on each voyage have the chance to paddle out on the icy waters in a sea kayak at each stop.  Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets and drysuits are provided, as well as the guidance of a qualified kayaking instructor.  For your safety, some kayaking experience is required.

 

 

Snowshoeing in the Arctic

Strap on some lightweight snowshoes and explore remote alcoves and hidden valleys.  This clever mode of transport spreads your weight more evenly across a larger area, allowing you to navigate your way across the deep Arctic snow to places inaccessible in regular boots.

Traveller reviews

Our polar trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia 2015 - 2017, February 2017

Janka Lackova

Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 2017, November 2016

Glynis Grey

Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 2017, November 2016

Glynis Kay Grey

Crossing the Circle: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 2017, January 2016

Jo Kemper

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