Polar cruises

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 travelers. 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.

Our polar cruises

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Where you can go

Pair of travellers smiling standing on an ice platform in the Antarctic Circle, with waters behind
Antarctica

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.  

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Travellers on a kodiak reaching for the red north pole sign at the north pole, Arctic Circle
Arctic

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.

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Polar activities

Wildlife you may encounter

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. 

Why choose us

Well-equipped ship

Our Ocean Endeavour is built tough; designed to handle the harsh Antarctic wilderness with ease while ensuring your safety at every step of the adventure.

Onboard Experts

Our experienced expedition team are at the top of their fields. You’ll find out everything you want to know from our Antarctic experts, including naturalists and ornithologists. 

Daily excursions

We don’t call them hands-on, feet-on adventures for nothing. Get closer to the action with, not one, but two daily excursions on land and, via Zodiacs, at sea. 

Onboard inclusions

Our onboard creature comforts will warm you up after your Antarctic outings. Expect 3-course meals, 24/7 tea and coffee and fascinating evening seminars.  

Safety

We’re committed to providing the highest safety standards, which is why the Ocean Endeavour, and all our operations teams undergo regular safety audits.

Responsible travel

We’re deeply committed to being a responsible business and take considered steps to minimize our impact, support vital research and promote conservation in the Antarctic.  

Polar highlights

Passenger looks out at the ocean off the coast of Antarctica
Take on the Drake Passage

Many might think the hardest part about traveling 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. 

Travellers and leaders pretend to haul large boat behind them on a zodiac at the North Pole
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. 

Travellers kayak out toward Pleneau Island in Antarctic waters
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.  

Green streaks of the aurora borealis dance over trees at the bottom of the arctic circle in Finland
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 colors, once you set your sights on them, you’ll believe they’re nothing short of a miracle.  

Our small ships

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.

Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 190 reviews submitted.
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Journey to the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)

Olivia · Traveled February 2024
This was truly a life changing adventure. Antartica is such a beautiful, unique place and the experience was only amplified by the knowledge of Intrepid's amazing guides. They went above and beyond to make sure we saw as much as possible and learned as much as possible while still respecting the environment and animal life that makes Antartica such a special place to visit.
Review submitted 15 Feb 2024

Journey to the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)

Hayley · Traveled February 2024
The Intrepid and Ocean Endeavour team ran an amazing expedition! So well organised and enjoyable with plenty of informative talks and amazing experiences, in no small part due partly to the wonder of Antarctica and balanced by the efforts of the incredible crew. Thank you !
Review submitted 15 Feb 2024

Journey to the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)

Nicola · Traveled February 2024
This trip was epic. Every staff member went above and beyond to help in any way they could. Also they were very passionate in what they do and always smiling
Review submitted 15 Feb 2024

Journey to the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)

Norman · Traveled February 2024
Fantastic Antarctic voyage. Made it to below the Antarctic Circle. I did the sea kayaking add on which put me in proximity with orcas and humpback whales. Very well run. Good food on the boat and numerous informative lectures. Highly recommend!
Review submitted 17 Feb 2024

Journey to the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)

Diane · Traveled February 2024
This expedition entitled Journey to the Antarctic Circle is a unique opportunity to appreciate and understand how all life on this beloved Earth is interwoven and interconnected. I fell in love with this sublime continent. Oftentimes there were no words to express what I was feeling. One wow moment after another. It will stay with me
Review submitted 17 Feb 2024

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