These islands may not be tropical, but they are transformative
Embark on a legendary journey with us to the furthest corner of the world and explore the white continent’s islands on our Sub Antarctic Islands Cruises. Not only will you follow in the footsteps of the first fabled explorers to the region, but you’ll also get the chance to watch animals native to Antarctica as they make their way from the icy ocean depths to the island shores. Admire the mighty Endurance Glacier that runs onto Elephant Island, walk the colourful streets of the Falklands, and learn about South Georgia Island’s whaling past on an adventure that is guaranteed to change you.
Our Sub Antartic Islands cruises & tours
Highlights of the Sub Antarctic Islands
See Antarctica from the sky
If you want to experience a polar adventure but aren't keen on travelling by sea, take a once-in-a-lifetime flight to the icy landscape of Antarctica. Whether you're a keen astronomer who's always dreamt of seeing the Aurora Australis or a travel enthusiast ready to check 'expedition flight' off the bucket list, embarking on a southern flight from Australia promises some pretty spectacular views.
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Sub Antarctic Islands FAQs
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, 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.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
All of our cruises to the Sub Antarctic Islands start from Ushuaia in Argentina as it's geographically close to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The best time to travel to the Sub Antarctic Islands can vary depending on what you want to see. Generally, the best season to travel to Antarctica is summer (December, January, and February), however, November and March are also great times to visit if you want to spot hatching penguins (November) and breaching whales (March).
Packing for an Antarctic cruise can be tricky, especially since you won't be able to buy a lot of things in Antarctica if you forget to pack them. However, the Ocean Endeavour does have a boutique on board for last-minute clothing items and other snow gear but you should generally pack the following:
- a lot of clothing layers
The Sub Antarctic Islands are known to have an oceanic climate with cool summers of about 4°C and even colder winters with temperature averages of around -1°C. The islands experience strong wind year-round and light showers during the summer season. The islands also experience heavy snowfall during winter.
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.