A journey to the Arctic or Antarctic is unlike anything else on earth.
Regardless of whether you're visiting the southern or northern extremes of our planet, there's something about these white landscapes that captures the imaginations of even the most hardened travellers. Nothing will prepare for the peaceful remoteness that awaits as you cruise to the extremes of the earth and discover great white landscapes full of icy inlets and frozen coves. Experience the rush of setting foot on some of the world's most isolated terrain, witness brilliant natural phenomena and come to terms with the sheer size and scale of the globe's polar regions. An Arctic or Antarctic Cruise is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll remember forever.
Cyber Sale: Up to 40% off* Antarctica Expeditions
Explore the ends of the Earth with our latest offers on Antarctic voyages. Find out more
Explore the ends of the Earth with our latest offers on Antarctic voyages. Find out more
1. All Antarctica 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 offers apply to new bookings made and deposited between 09:00pm GMT 20 November 2022 - 07:59am GMT 02 December 2022.
2. The following discounts apply to our Antarctica 2022/2023 offers for trips departing between 1 December 2022 - 14 December 2023 unless otherwise specified on select departures on the Ocean Endeavour.
3.40% off the price of cabins except category 2 and 3.
4. Antarctica 2022/2023 offers above apply on the following Ocean Endeavour cruises only:
Best of Antarctica (GQMDE): 12 November 2022, 21 November 2022, 12 December 2022, 02 January 2023, 11 January 2023.
Best of Antarctica in Depth(GQMAW): 30 November 2022 Journey to the Antarctic Circle (GQMCN): 21 December 2022
Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer (GQMWS): 20 January 2023
Best of Antarctica: Whale Journey (GQMWJ): 08 February 2023
WWF Journey to the Circle and Giants of Antarctica (GQCWF): 17 February 2023
WWF Giants of Antarctica (GQWWF): 01 March 2023
Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Odyssey (GQMSG): 10 March 2023
5. The following discounts apply to our Antarctica 2023/2024 offers for trips departing between 1 December 2023 - 31 March 2024 unless otherwise specified on select departures on the Ocean Endeavour.
6.20% off applies to categories 4, 5a, 5, 6, and 7.
7.25% off applies to categories 8, 9, and 10.
Best of Antarctica: Pristine Wilderness (GQMDW): 02 November 2023, 11 November 2023
Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Explorer (GGMWS): 20 November 2023, 08 January 2024
Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (GQMDE): 09 December 2023, 27 January 2024
Best of Antarctica: A White Christmas (GQMAC): 18 December 2023
Best of Antarctica in Depth (GQMAW): 27 December 2023
Journey to the Antarctic Circle (GQMCN): 05 February 2024, 26 February 2024
Best of Antarctica: Whale Journey (GQMWJ): 17 February 2024, 09 March 2024, 18 March 2024
8. All offers apply to the berth price only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
9. Offers apply to cruise price only and is not applicable to fuel surcharges, land tours, additional on-board activities, additional accommodation, transfers, flights, travel insurance, local payments/kitty's or to group bookings.
10. Pricing is per person and compulsory single supplements may apply for certain cabin types
11. The cabins and cruises are subject to availability and confirmation by Intrepid Travel and offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time.
12. If you wish to cancel and rebook your trip or change dates outside the promotional period, you will be required to pay the full deposit towards the new trip.
13. Except as set out expressly above, Intrepid Travel's Booking Conditions relating to Antarctic Voyages (Ocean Endeavour) apply.
14. Intrepid’s vaccination policy apply.
Many might think the hardest part about travelling to Antarctica is 1) deciding to go and 2) paying the expense, but it’s actually crossing the notorious and legendary Drake Passage. Known to feature waves of up to 26 feet high, this sea crossing is one of the roughest passages in the world and won’t hesitate to test your endurance and stamina levels, as well as your stomach’s strength.
Visit the mythical North Pole
There’s simply something about the North Pole that makes it irresistible to avid adventurers. Whether it’s the vast, white nothingness that surrounds you, the chance of spotting Santa Claus and his reindeer dashing over the snow, or the immense satisfaction that comes with saying ‘I’m standing on top of the world’ – the North Pole is a destination so surreal you’ll think you dreamed it.
Kayak through the icy Antarctic waters
While you can still get relatively close to the Antarctic wilderness from aboard the Ocean Endeavour, a speedy zodiac, or on land itself, there’s nothing quite like gently making your way over the ocean’s ice-clogged surface on a kayak. Fully immerse yourself in the wonders of this region by paddling through the freezing waters, taking in the sheer size and stature of floating icebergs and glistening glaciers along the way.
Watch the Aurora Borealis light up the sky
Whether you’re watching from the back of a dogsled in Greenland or from the deck of the Ocean Adventurer in Norway, the natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) will capture your travel-loving heart in ways that nothing else will. While there’s a scientific way to explain the dancing colours, once you set your sights on them, you’ll believe they’re nothing short of a miracle.
Antarctica is one of the few places in the world that still exists in pretty much its natural state. Venture to the southernmost tip of the planet to watch penguins courting as far as the eye can see, seals sleeping on ice floes and whales blowing water as they surface. Conquer the Drake Passage and set your eyes on dramatic contrasts while learning about a place that has united countries and belongs to no one.
Realm of the mighty polar bear and the renowned Northern Lights – the Arctic Circle is the final frontier before the long journey to the North Pole. It’s a challenging world populated by musk oxen, walruses and narwhals; where communities have a long history of surviving off the sea. Explore untouched coastal areas, icy oceans and tiny settlements and discover one of the most biologically diverse parts of the world.
Make your Antarctica experience even better by participating in some once-in-a-lifetime activities. Offered on the majority of our trips, these activities will push your boundaries and take you out of your comfort zone so you can get the most out of this wild and unforgettable destination.
Wildlife in the Arctic
Boasting one of the most diverse regions in the world, the Arctic is home to hundreds of animal species from the mighty polar bear to the distinctive snowy owl. And you've got a front-row seat. Here's a small glimpse of what you can expect to see on your Arctic adventure.
Our ships are well-equipped to deal with the harsh environment of Antarctica and safety is our biggest priority. Each vessel has modern conveniences and provides the perfect platform for Antarctic exploration.
Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages. Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic from experts in the field, including naturalists and ornithologists who are always ready to answer questions.
We run frequent excursions to get up-close to wildlife, allowing you to experience what it’s like exploring onshore. Each shore day includes two excursions with our leaders exploring the sea ice, ready to encounter any wildlife that may waiting. You’ll be given life vests, waterproof jackets and waterproof boots for the duration of the activities.
All cruises provide three course meals, 24-hour tea and coffee, and main activities including Zodiac excursions, onboard seminars and shore landings. Our chefs know just how to warm you up after your Antarctic outing, just be ready for a second serving!
All of our ships and operations teams undergo strict safety audits. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards on all our trips operating within the Antarctic region.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Your home on the sea
We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while cruising on board, which is why we’ve chosen vessels equipped with modern conveniences that make each voyage a true pleasure. Each ship boasts onboard chefs to prepare a range of hearty, quality meals, and onboard experts to ensure you spend more time seeing the sights and less time thumbing through a guidebook.
The Arctic is considered a polar region but it's made up of areas that belong to the Arctic ocean, a number of other seas and, of course, countries. These countries are Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada, Iceland, and the USA.
There are several animal species that call the Arctic their home including a variety of sea birds (puffins, common eiders, purple sandpipers and more), whales (minke, bowhead, beluga etc), polar bears, walruses, musk oxen, Arctic wolves, and reindeer.
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.