Explore Antarctica on an out-of-this-world adventure
With us, it’s good trips only. And as far as good old-fashioned adventures go, your journey to the 7th continent is a big one. Watch as the Antarctic Peninsula unfurls before you, explore ice-dotted bays by Zodiac, take part in a photography workshop onboard the Ocean Endeavour, marvel at waddling gentoo penguins, spot migrating blue whales and fall asleep among the snow-capped mountains on a camping experience you’ll never forget. If you didn’t realise, the reasons why you should visit Antarctica are endless. From choosing the Antarctic route that suits you to figuring out the best time to go, travelling with us means you’ll experience this incredible part of the world in a way that builds human connection and respects the environment.
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The Ocean Endeavour: inside our expedition ship
The Ocean Endeavour, is built tough to withstand even the harshest conditions, yet provides additional comforts like warm, 3-course meals, spacious common areas and extra amenities – including our day spa. With an enviable 1:8 crew-to-passenger ratio, you’ll enjoy a more personal, informative and comfortable trip.
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Next-level Antarctic activities
Every day you'll get close to the action with two daily excursions on land and, via Zodiacs, at sea, but you can take your expedition to the next level with our range of optional extras, designed with the true explorer in mind. Often exclusive and always exhilarating, explore which next-level activities are available to you.
Our approach to responsible travel in Antarctica focuses on:
- Inspiring travellers
- Supporting science
- Protecting the environment.
We believe these will have the greatest positive impact.
Wildlife in Antarctica
Antarctica – the seventh and final continent, where penguins, seals and birds are the only permanent residents. There's an abundance of wildlife to discover during any Intrepid adventure to Antarctica but our voyages in partnership with WWF-Australia go one step further - you can join a team of WWF-Australia's scientists aboard the Ocean Endeavour on one of two incredible itineraries.
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Check out our frequently asked questions as we might already have the answer. If your question isn’t answered, browse our full list of Antarctica FAQs or contact us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While you can't embark on an expedition to the world's seventh continent alone, you can travel solo on a group tour to Antarctica. This means you'll still have plenty of free time to do your own thing (and use the ship's excellent amenities) but also have the comfort of knowing expert leaders are handling the pesky logistics. You can also choose from a variety of accommodation arrangements, from single cabins to room-sharing, depending on your preference.
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.
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).
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.
Internet access is available on most Antarctic ships, at a cost. Alternatively, there may be a ship-based email system where you will have an email account to stay in touch with family and friends. Because of the remoteness of Antarctica, connections can be slow, so all ships charge for data used rather than time spent online. Please refer to your detailed pre-departure information for more information on Internet facilities on your ship.
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.
Can my family and friends contact me while I’m on board in the case of an emergency at home?
Yes. There is a number to call the ship and you can purchase data for the wi-fi onboard, although the connection is intermittent and not to be relied on.
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.
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).
While the destination itself might conjure up images of nefarious voyages only the fittest can endure, you only need to be in good health and be able to move around freely to participate in and enjoy Antarctica's numerous activities and adventures. Yep, those with an average fitness level (and above) are compatible with Antarctica travel, so you don't need to spend hours in the gym before considering booking a trip.
Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Antarctica directly support our foundation partner, WWF.
WWF-Australia is a well-established conservation organisation helping protect our natural environment. Donations from our trips help their pioneering whale research and conservation efforts to establish marine protected areas around Antarctica and save whale species from extinction.
Want more of a taste of what an adventure to the Great White Continent would be like? Our free guidebook shows you what wildlife you might see, the places you might go, how to be a responsible traveller, gives you tips on what to pack and more.
Can’t find what you’re looking for or want to know more? You can contact us 24 hours 7 days a week, with any burning (or shall we say freezing?) questions. Our Antarctic specialists are here to help.