Early explorers didn’t have the luxury of booking their expeditions online.

These days it’s a bit easier: we run a variety of Antarctica tours between November and March each year, cruising in comfort on well-equipped polar vessels, offering three course meals, onboard amenities, and expert leaders. But don’t be fooled: as adventures go, this is the big one. You’ll cross the infamous Drake Passage and set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, explore ice-dotted bays by zodiac and get up close with gentoo penguins and migrating blue whales - the reasons why you should visit Antarctica go on and on. Because you're travelling with Intrepid Travel, you'll experience this incredible part of the world in a way that builds human connection, supports local communities, and respects the environment. 'Antarctic tours' doesn't really do it justice. These are Antarctic adventures

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Antarctica cruise reviews

Find out if Antarctica is as unbelievable as it sounds from Intrepid travellers who've been there before thanks to these Antarctica cruise reviews. 

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Activities

Take your Antarctica experience to the next level with some outdoor adventures. These activities are offered on many of our trips.

Wildlife

Antarctica – the seventh and final continent, where penguins, seals and birds are the only permanent residents. Here’s a snapshot of what you might see when you visit the Southern Ocean.

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Onboard experts

There's only so much you can read in a guidebook, especially when it comes to such rare and extraordinary locations. That's why we have a range of specialists on board Ocean Endeavour for every polar journey, from historians to marine biologists and hiking guides. With experts at hand, you can be assured that no question will be left unanswered. 

Alex Expedition Leader

Alex – Expedition Leader

Alex has long held a fascination with the natural world and polar regions. A graduate from Cambridge in Natural Sciences, Alex had been a polar guide for over a decade and is the co-founder of the Polar Citizen Science Collective, an organisation devoted to harnessing the research and data collection power of polar tourism. When not on a ship he can usually be found with skis or sticky rubber on his feet.

Eva Citizen Science Coordinator

Eva – Citizen Science Coordinator

Eva is a polar scientist, with a particular passion for marine mammals. Her love for whales led to her graduating at the top of her class with a Masters in Polar Science from the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. Researcher, Naturalist, Photographer, Educator, Surveyor, Skipper and Wildlife Officer, Eva has travelled extensively throughout all 7 continents, but her heart remains in the polar regions. When she’s not at sea, Eva works at Whales of Iceland, the largest exhibition of whales in Europe.

John Expedition Photographer

John – Expedition Photographer

Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of the New Zealand landscape, John's character and journey into photography were shaped by his environment. A voyage down to the New Zealand subantarctic islands gave him the "Polar Bug" – an obsessive compulsion to see and experience more of the polar regions. John now specialises as a polar guide and photography educator, sharing his passion for the polar regions and helping people to make the most out of their photographic opportunities.

Sophie Wellness Guide

Sophie – Wellness Guide

Sophie has been fuelling her passion for health, photography, an active lifestyle and remote wilderness through travels in various lands and cultures. She owned a dog sledding company, competed in multi-day adventure races and has guided canoeing, sea kayaking and photography trips. Onboard, Sophie will be your wellness guide to help enliven your senses and deepen your experience of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Your home on the sea

 

The Ocean Endeavour is comfortable, spacious and the place to be in the Antarctic season. Not only is it one of the few polar expedition ships in Antarctica, it also has one crew member for every eight travellers. This means you’ll enjoy a more personal, informative and comfortable trip.

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Antarctica FAQs

A flock of penguins standing on an icy shelf under a cloudy sky in Antarctica

When is the best time to visit Antarctica?

Antarctica is best visited in the summer months from November to March when the weather is warmer and the sea ice has melted enough to get closer to the island shore.

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What is the weather like in Antarctica?

The climate in Antarctica is the coldest one on Earth with cold summers and freezing winters. The warmest month is January with averages of around 10°C (50°F).

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What to wear in Antarctica?

You have to be prepared and thorough when packing for Antarctica due to its remote location. Make sure you bring lots of layers, gloves, sunscreen, and moisturiser among other items.

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Will my mobile phone work in Antarctica?

Your mobile phone will not work during your Antarctica cruise as the continent is still considered extremely remote and doesn't have the right telecommunication infrastructure in place.

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How to choose an Antarctic cruise

Deciding on the Antarctic cruise that suits you best comes down to figuring out the time of year you want to go, the itinerary, and how long you want the cruise to be.

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How much does a cruise to Antarctica cost?

The cost of an Antarctica cruise largely depends on the departure date, how long the cruise goes for, and the type of cabin you book on the ship but most cruises start from AUD$7,000 (USD$5,000).

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Antarctica refers to the seventh continent of the world and is largely situated in the Antarctic Circle - a line of latitude sitting at around 66.5° south of the equator - at the base of the globe. The Antarctic refers to the region made up of south polar zones that include the seas and some outlying islands. 

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Antarctica isn't part of one single country, rather it is a continent governed under a series of recognised guidelines and agreements called the Antarctic Treaty System.

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Each expedition includes stops at various landing sites around the Antarctic but when you stop at them and for how long often depends on the weather, as well as sea ice and wildlife movement. 

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While Antarctica may not be hospitable to human life, there are plenty of animal species that call the seventh continent their home. This includes penguins, whales, sea birds, seals, and more. 

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For more information about our tours in Antarctica, and answers to common queries, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Responsible travel

We’re dedicated to creating, sharing and leading the best travel experiences ever – for both people and the planet. And our Antarctic expeditions are no exception to this.

We’re deeply committed to being a responsible business and understanding the impact we have on the places we visit. All Intrepid trips are 100% carbon neutral, but we are driven to do more, from committing to science-based decarbonisation targets to now including a commitment to double offset our Polar Expeditions in our Seven-point Climate Action Plan.

We’ve approached responsible travel in Antarctica with three areas of focus that we believe will create the greatest positive impact: inspiring travellers, supporting science and protecting the environment.

We incorporate citizen science initiatives into all of our Polar voyages, most notably with our partnership with the World Wildlife Fund on WWF Giants of Antarctica sailings. This allows travellers to work alongside WWF-Australia’s scientists to further their research into whales. Plus, deepens a traveller's sense of purpose in a destination – helping them to better understand, respect and protect our natural environment, even after they’ve returned home.

 

Responsible travel in Antarctica

We strictly adhere to the guidelines of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) who work alongside the Antarctic treaty to enforce strict environmental standards that guide us to protect the fragile Antarctic ecosystem.

In the years to come, we are committed to investing in a new energy-efficient ship to ensure our impact is significantly reduced, while we remain committed to building stronger partnerships, improving our supply chain, investing in citizen science and ensuring we contribute positively to tourism's future on the continent. 

You can read more about our responsible travel initiatives in Antarctica below:

Responsible Travel in Antarctica

Contact us

Do you have questions about any of our Antarctica trips? Reach out to our dedicated Marine Team below.

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