Polar trips

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.

Antarctica

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. 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. More about Antarctica When to go Antarctica: November - March Find out about Antartica trips on sale here

Travel highlights

  • 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 boats

Sea Adventurer

Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventure) - a specialized 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.

 

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.


Antarctic trips

Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

11 days from
USD $5,995
CAD $7,445
AUD $7,300
EUR €4,600
GBP £3,700
NZD $8,130
ZAR R73,070
CHF FR6,080

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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Antarctic Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

12 days from
ZAR R86,085
CHF FR7,165
USD $6,995
CAD $8,770
AUD $8,600
GBP £4,300
NZD $9,580
EUR €5,400

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

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Antarctic Explorer

11 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $7,410
AUD $7,695
EUR €5,160
GBP £4,180
NZD $9,120
ZAR R70,040
CHF FR6,600

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 (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

23 days from
USD $17,995
CAD $22,435
AUD $22,000
EUR €13,800
GBP £11,100
NZD $24,500
ZAR R220,215
CHF FR18,325

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 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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Crossing the Circle (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

14 days from
CHF FR8,995
ZAR R108,105
NZD $12,030
GBP £5,400
EUR €6,700
AUD $10,800
CAD $11,015
USD $8,795

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

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

10 days from
CHF FR11,580
ZAR R139,135
NZD $15,480
GBP £7,100
EUR €8,700
AUD $13,900
CAD $14,175
USD $11,395

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

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

20 days from
CHF FR13,080
ZAR R157,155
NZD $17,485
GBP £7,900
EUR €9,800
AUD $15,700
CAD $16,010
USD $12,795

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

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: Crossing the Circle (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

10 days from
CHF FR12,245
ZAR R147,145
NZD $16,370
GBP £7,400
EUR €9,200
AUD $14,700
CAD $14,990
USD $11,995

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

17 days from
CHF FR20,410
ZAR R245,240
NZD $27,285
GBP £12,400
EUR €15,300
AUD $24,500
CAD $24,985
USD $19,995

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

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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: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

11 days from
CHF FR6,395
USD $6,295
CAD $7,835
AUD $7,680
EUR €4,810
GBP £3,900
NZD $8,550
ZAR R76,875

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

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: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

12 days from
AUD $8,280
EUR €5,210
GBP £4,200
NZD $9,220
ZAR R82,880
CHF FR6,895
CAD $8,445
USD $6,795

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

23 days from

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 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
CHF FR12,060
ZAR R144,940
NZD $16,115
GBP £7,300
EUR €9,010
AUD $14,480
CAD $14,765
USD $11,795

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

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Antarctica's Scotia Arc

25 days from

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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The Arctic

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 When to go June - October. Temperatures can range from a fresh -5°C to a comparatively balmy 10°C, perfect for a comfortable expedition cruise.

Travel highlights

  • 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

The boat

Sea Spirit

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.
 

Arctic trips 

Introduction to Spitsbergen (Sea Adventurer) 2015

9 days from
USD $4,995
CAD $6,155
AUD $6,035
EUR €3,645
GBP £3,025
NZD $6,720
ZAR R60,410
CHF FR5,025

Breathe in the crisp Arctic air and discover Spitsbergen, the largest island in Norway's wondrous, icy Svalbard...

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Spitsbergen Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 2015

11 days from
CHF FR6,035
ZAR R72,520
NZD $8,070
GBP £3,635
EUR €4,375
AUD $7,245
CAD $7,390
USD $5,995

Discover the essence of the Arctic on a trip around Spitsbergen, where polar bears, glaciers, fjords and Inuit...

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Spitsbergen Explorer (Ocean Nova) 2015

11 days from
USD $6,495
CAD $8,000
AUD $7,845
EUR €4,745
GBP £3,935
NZD $8,735
ZAR R78,525
CHF FR6,535

Discover the essence of the Arctic on a trip around Spitsbergen, where polar bears, glaciers, fjords and Inuit...

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Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland (Sea Adventurer) 2015

13 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $8,620
AUD $8,455
EUR €5,105
GBP £4,245
NZD $9,415
ZAR R84,635
CHF FR7,045

Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...

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Spitsbergen in Depth (Ocean Nova) 2015

13 days from
USD $7,995
CAD $9,855
AUD $9,665
EUR €5,835
GBP £4,845
NZD $10,765
ZAR R96,745
CHF FR8,050

Soak up the essence of the Arctic on a voyage around Spitsbergen. Discover wild beaches and towering glaciers, and...

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Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland (Ocean Nova) 2015

14 days from
USD $8,295
CAD $10,225
AUD $10,025
EUR €6,055
GBP £5,025
NZD $11,165
ZAR R100,350
CHF FR8,350

Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...

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Greenland Valleys and Fjords (Sea Adventurer) 2015

15 days from
USD $8,445
CAD $10,410
AUD $10,210
EUR €6,160
GBP £5,120
NZD $11,370
ZAR R102,200
CHF FR8,505

Encounter the dramatic scenery, breathtaking fjords, fascinating culture and icy landscapes of Greenland, starting in...

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East Greenland Explorer ( Ocean Nova ) 2015

14 days from
USD $7,295
CAD $8,990
AUD $8,815
EUR €5,325
GBP £4,425
NZD $9,815
ZAR R88,235
CHF FR7,345

Discover the magic of the remote East Greenland coast. From Greenland National Park to Scoresbysund, a wealth of...

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Northwest Passage - Westbound (Sea Adventurer) 2015

20 days from
USD $13,945
CAD $17,180
AUD $16,850
EUR €10,180
GBP £8,460
NZD $18,770
ZAR R168,665
CHF FR14,035

Get a dose of Arctic culture and see how people have survived these beautiful ice-strewn landscapes on this polar...

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Scotland to Norway (Ocean Nova) 2015

14 days from
USD $7,995
CAD $9,855
AUD $9,665
EUR €5,835
GBP £4,845
NZD $10,765
ZAR R96,745
CHF FR8,050

This cruise into the compelling realms of northern Scotland and Norway has a nice balance of time spent on land with...

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Tromso, Bear Island and Spitsbergen (Ocean Nova ) 2015

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $8,620
AUD $8,455
EUR €5,105
GBP £4,245
NZD $9,415
ZAR R84,635
CHF FR7,045

Set sail from Norway and discover the history, landscapes, icebergs and wildlife of Spitsbergen. Travel along fjords,...

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Greenland's Far North (Sea Explorer) 2015

16 days from
USD $10,820
CAD $13,340
AUD $13,080
EUR €7,900
GBP £6,560
NZD $14,565
ZAR R130,925
CHF FR10,895

This Arctic adventure not only features strongly on seeing wildlife, but also introduces you to the landscapes,...

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North Pole (50 Years of Victory) 2015

14 days from
USD $27,745
CAD $34,190
AUD $33,530
EUR €20,250
GBP £16,830
NZD $37,340
ZAR R335,630
CHF FR27,930

Take the ultimate expedition and voyage to the North Pole. Stand on top of the world at 90° north and feel the rush...

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North Pole ( 50 Years of Victory) 2015

15 days from
USD $28,745
CAD $35,425
AUD $34,740
EUR €20,980
GBP £17,430
NZD $38,690
ZAR R347,740
CHF FR28,935

Take the ultimate expedition and voyage to the North Pole. Stand on top of the world at 90° north and feel the rush...

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Iceland Circumnavigation (Ocean Nova) 2015

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $8,610
AUD $8,445
EUR €5,105
GBP £4,245
NZD $9,405
ZAR R84,535
CHF FR7,035

Cruise the coast of Iceland and discover its wild scenery, delightful villages and quirky culture. Visit the Blue...

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Greenland & Canada's High Arctic (Sea Explorer) 2015

13 days from
USD $9,820
CAD $12,105
AUD $11,870
EUR €7,170
GBP £5,950
NZD $13,220
ZAR R118,815
CHF FR9,885

Get up close and personal with the wildlife, landscapes and local communities of the Arctic, from Greenland to the...

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Baffin Island Explorer with Greenland (Sea Explorer) 2015

13 days from
USD $9,820
CAD $12,105
AUD $11,870
EUR €7,170
GBP £5,950
NZD $13,220
ZAR R118,815
CHF FR9,885

Breathe in the crisp air and immerse yourself in the best of the Canadian Arctic, from the historic Beechey Island to...

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Arctic Watch Lodge: Adventure and Wildlife at 74°N

10 days from
GBP £5,870
NZD $13,045
ZAR R117,215
CHF FR9,755
USD $11,995
CAD $11,940
AUD $11,710
EUR €7,070

Spend time in the Canadian Arctic at the remote Arctic Watch Lodge, which also doubles as a world-class beluga whale...

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