We’re all about real life adventures. And that normally means leaving the hotel behind and exploring every nook and cranny of a destination.
But, when it comes to visiting Antarctica (or any polar expedition), it’s a slightly different experience because adventure is truly all around you. Whether you’re gazing at glaciers from the deck of your ship, spotting penguins from your porthole or even getting out and about in a kayak – it’s a round-the-clock, utterly immersive experience.
Not that these stunning vistas could ever get old, but if you are after a way to break up all that sightseeing, there are a number of ways to stay entertained onboard the ship. Keep in mind, that depending on which itinerary and ship you pick, some of the onboard facilities and experiences can vary. However, here are some of our favourites that commonly appear on many of the ships used by Intrepid.
Go back to school
Antarctica isn’t all just pretty, sparkling glaciers and photo opps. There is also plenty to learn about the nature and history of the region, which is why on Intrepid’s voyages you will be joined by a number of industry experts, including marine biologists, naturalists and ornithologists. You’ll have plenty of chances to attend formal presentations on a number of topics over the course of the journey, or simply find the time to have a casual chat to one of the experts when you see them around the ship.
Take a dip, or break a sweat
Nope, I’m not talking about a polar plunge (although if conditions are right that could be on the cards too). Some ships come with a heated pool, a fully equipped gym and even a day spa – so whether you’d rather treat yourself to a massage, warm up in the gym or spend some time in the pool, you’ll have plenty of ways to keep your body happy.
Unwind with a good book
If you forgot to pack your Kindle – don’t stress. Many of the ships will be fully stocked with a library. What better way to pass the time on a cold, wintery day than to curl up with a good book and a steaming cuppa? It’s a great place for some solitary reading time, or an opportunity to meet other like-minded bookworms aboard the ship.
Embrace your inner yogi
Yes, that’s right. You can do a yoga and stretching class at the end of the earth. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Zen-master who heads to yoga every week at home, or whether you can barely touch your toes – there’s something for everyone. Plus, holding a yoga pose while the boat is moving is a real core workout.
I mean, you are on holiday after all, so that means treating yourself to a spot of shopping, if you’re that way inclined. While there aren’t any big shopping centres in Antarctica, your ship will have a small polar boutique. This is the perfect place to buy any little personal items you might have forgotten to pack or souvenirs for your jealous friends back home – toy penguin anyone?
And off the ship?
While our fleet of Antarctic ships are awesome, there are also plenty of awesome optional activities you can enjoy. These include kayaking around the perimeter of icebergs, snowshoeing or camping overnight on the peninsula or even honing your Instagram skills in a photography program. All these activities cost extra and must be booked in advance, so it’s worth chatting to your booking agent about them if you’re interested.
Do you want to explore Antarctica for yourself? Check out our full range of Antarctica adventures.
All images by Liam Neal.