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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.
When to go
If you’re reading this page, you already have an interest in polar travel – so you know it’s cold. You won’t be surprised then that we travel only during the summer months. Plus, polar wildlife goes into overdrive the moment the sun comes out, making this an incredible display of showboating whales and albatross aerobatics.
Antarctica: November - March
The Arctic: June - October. Temperatures can range from a fresh -5°C to a comparatively balmy 10°C, perfect for a comfortable expedition cruise.
Wild and windswept, Antarctica's sheets of white are an alluring blend of everything and nothingness. With few human inhabitants, and wildlife unperturbed by human contact, visitors to Antarctica often feel like ghosts drifting across the Southern Ocean to a land that has no need for the vestiges of human civilisation. Antarctica's tale of exploration is a worthy one, and no visit is complete without contemplating the heroics of Shackelton and a visit to his South Georgia resting place. An olive branch of international cooperation, Antarctica's legacy is one of enduring natural beauty and renewed scientific importance. Whether exploring a deserted whaling station or floating through a glacier-lined channel, it's impossible to forget the sheer size and significance of this icy terrain. Requiring a long and often testy journey to reach its shores, it has been said historically that Antarctica has to be 'earned'. The reward, however, is unmatched. More about Antarctica
- • Travel through the Antarctic Sound, better known as 'Iceberg Alley'
- • Visit the spectacular volcanic South Shetland Islands
- • Island hop between South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
- • Retrace the parth of the early explorers
- • Visit the remote Deception Island
- • Search out colonies of king penguins
- • Attempt the celebrated Polar Circle crossing
- • Keep an eye out for whales while cruising the Southern Ocean
- • Spot the elusive snow petrel
- • Cross the treacherous Drake Passage
- • Experience Antarctica's turquoise waters and pink night skies
The Sea Adventurer
The Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventure) is a specialised polar sailing vessel, with ice-strengthened hull and all the comforts you would expect on an expedition ship of this calibre. Originally built in 1975, the ship was extensively modernised and refurbished in 1998, with over $13 million invested in its conversion. Whilst the conditions outside on the ice can be cold and blustery, the creature comforts of the ship provide solace from the exterior. All cabins on the ship have views out to sea, and all rooms are equipped with en-suite facilities. The Sea Adventurer is also equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, enabling excursions to shore for multiple passengers at once, and getting you as close to the extensive wildlife as possible.
The Ocean Diamond
The Ocean Diamond is an exceptional polar vessel, designed to give passengers the ultimate experience of exploring the Antarctic, within the comfort of a cruising yacht with additional amenities such as a massage and wellness programme, as well as a well-stocked polar library. All cabins boast exterior views, as well as en-suite bathroom facilities. There are also optional camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing and mountaineering options available depending on conditions.
Epic by name, astounding by nature, the Arctic Circle is both figuratively and literally about as far off the map as destinations can get. A pristine natural Eden of mighty mountain peaks, awesome galcial structures and pretty much every shade of blue known to man, this winter wonderland is almost too beautiful to be true. Polar bears, whales, reindeer and walruses fot the ice-strewn land and seascapes. while wildflowers bloom on the inland plains, and, come the seasonal equinoxes, Aurora Borealis throws up its dazzling display of lights. Enchanting, stark and utterly removed from human civilisation, the Arctic really is poles apart form the typical travel experience. More about The Arctic
- • Spot polar bears patrolling the ice in Phippsoya
- • Give snowshowing a crack in Smeerenburg
- • Watch walruses throwing their weight around at Torellneset
- • Wander through the blooming wildflowers of the tundrs
- • Observe the birdlife nesting Alkefjellet's towering cliffs
- • Make yourself at home among Longyearbyen's 2,000 hardy residents
- • Take to the Arctic waters in a sea kayak
- • Be awestruck by the 14th of July Glacier
Intrepid's Arctic adventures sail aboard the Sea Spirit - a comfortable, all-suite ship. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers, and refurbished in 2010, this distinguished Polar sailing vessel allows you to explore the crisp, wild environment, all from the comfort of a warm marine base - with an open bar service, outdoor viewing areas and a hot tub, plus all the amenieties you would expect from a quality hotel service.
Every style of room has its own king-size bed (or twin if you prefer), plus en-suite bathroom facilities and exterior views, while the Deluxe, Premium, and Owner's Suites each have private balconies - the perfect private viewing area to relax and absorb the epic surronds. The vessel is also equipped with Zodiacs - rubber inflatable boats designed to transfer people to shore, as well as get up close to the wildlife. Dependent on weather conditions, there is also the option of sea-kayaking, camping, climbing and cross-country skiing.
Our small group style of travel means you’ll stay under the radar, travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way.
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