Antarctica is one of those destinations you can’t do alone…literally

If you're drawn into the icy wonders of the seventh continent and plan on travelling solo, you won't be able to visit entirely on your own (unless you're a humpback whale). But when we’re offering Antarctica cruises on well-equipped vessels (including a sauna and gym facilities) that promise the adventure of a lifetime, you’ll hardly mind sharing your expedition with a bunch of like-minded, penguin-loving travellers. Especially when your trip is full of daily shore excursions, animal spotting and breathtaking scenery. As far as Antarctica solo travel endeavours go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this.

Our solo tours in Antarctica

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Set sail for the trip of a lifetime – a 14-day journey on board the Ocean Endeavour,...

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Follow the whales of Antarctica as they migrate south on this 11-day expedition cruise,...

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Experience the magic of the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands aboard the Ocean...

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Cross the Antarctic Circle with World Wildlife Fund Australia (WWF-Australia) whale...

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Experience the rare opportunity to explore both the eastern and western sides of the...

Tailor-Made trips

Take four or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

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Embark on a 21-day Intrepid expedition including the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia...

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This is one Christmas you’ll never forget – journey to Antarctica on board the Ocean...

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Set off on an 11-day expedition on board the Ocean Endeavour, revealing the landscapes...

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Join World Wildlife Fund Australia (WWF-Australia) scientists on an 11-day expedition...

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Spot seals, whales and albatross aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Retrace the steps of...

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This trip is an Antarctica expedition like no other. Try wildlife photography and see...

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Witness Antarctic Peninsula whales on this epic journey at sea. Spot seals and penguins...

Travelling solo? We got you 

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The Ocean Endeavour

Our comfortable expedition ship is big, but with one crew member for every eight travellers, you'll never be completely alone. From lounging in one of the ship's many recreational areas to taking a morning leader-led yoga class, there's plenty to keep you busy on your solo Antarctica travels.  

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Flexible cabin arrangements

Over 41% of our travellers to Antarctica are doin' it solo, so we've made our accommodation options as flexible as possible. From single cabin options to sharing with one of your shipmates, your rooming arrangement onboard is entirely up to you - just let us know at the time of booking. 

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Epic included activities

One of the best things about solo travelling in a group to Antarctica is that you don't have to worry about organising any activities. Instead, bond with your newly-made buddies over daily excursions, including shore visits, polar plunges, wildlife spotting and onboard seminars. You know, the important stuff. 

The perks of solo travel in Antarctica with Intrepid

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A local leader

While our leaders might not call Antarctica their home (although there are people who live there), you can rest assured our experienced guides know what they’re talking about. With hundreds of polar voyages between them, you’re in the best hands possible. Not only are they ready to teach you about the region's history, geography and wildlife, but they’ll also answer your questions and snap photos of you taking the polar plunge. 

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Safety

Antarctica is about as remote as it gets and with remoteness comes a whole different level of precautions. While you don’t have to worry about dodgy areas and pickpockets, there are other things you need to be aware of in order to remain safe on the seas. Our onboard experts will conduct a safety briefing at the beginning of your voyage and will be on hand to help you on and off Zodiacs during shore excursions (should you need it). 

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Ready made friends

Not many people can say they’ve been to the seventh continent, but you and your trip mates sure can. There’s something about watching the world’s most remarkable scenery go by as you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula that bonds you for life. And that’s exactly what you’ll come away with; millions of photos, dozens of unforgettable experiences and plenty of forever friends. 

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Logistics and convenience

There’s a whole heap of organisational planning that goes into running a trip of this magnitude, but you don’t have to worry about any of it. From loaning out expedition parkas to coordinating shore excursions, we take care of all the boring but necessary administration so all you have to do is climb aboard with some motion sickness medication and a healthy sense of adventure. 

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

To join one of our Antarctica departures, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 policy

People who travel to Antarctica are generally more experienced travellers, nature and wildlife lovers and understand the expedition style travel experience. You will likely find a diverse group of ages and nationalities on board, with the majority of passengers aged between 40 and 65 years. English is the language spoken on the board the Ocean Endeavour. 

You sure do. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their tour. Your leader will record your travel insurance details on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

Learn more about travel Insurance

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.

Read more about mobile phones in Antarctica

An Antarctic voyage can be as active or as low-key as you want it to be. While a trip to Antarctica provides many opportunities to get off the ship, it’s up to you whether you want to venture further afield on a Zodiac boat or explore onshore. Some optional activities need to be booked before departing.

While it might be remote, Antarctica is a safe destination to travel to as a solo female traveller, especially if you've booked a trip with us.

All of our Antarctic trips also have a low physical rating of one or two, which means they are accessible to people of all levels of fitness with no major mobility issues, and do not require any physical preparation. Activities onshore and excursions involve a bit of walking, but all are optional. You’ll be visiting sites where at times you may have to cross uneven ground and take on challenging conditions underfoot. You will have support stepping on and off the Zodiac boats.

If you're travelling solo and would prefer not to be paired up with a fellow traveller to share a room, ask your booking consultant if the tour you’re interested in offers a 'single supplement' so that you can be allocated a room alone – this is subject to availability and an additional charge.

However, if you don't have a rooming preference, you'll be paired with another solo traveller of the same gender to bunk with. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at the time of booking and we’ll be happy to work with you to organise a rooming configuration that you feel comfortable with.

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Learn more about accessible travel with Intrepid

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