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Nicky Souness, a photographer and expedition guide from South Africa, prepares a flotilla of kayaks during a tourist expedition in the Yalour Islands, Antarctica.

If travelling to Antarctica is on your bucket list, news has reached us of a sale that may make your polar adventure dreams a reality. 

A flock of Gentoo Penguins on the rocks in Antarctica.

Antarctica’s attractions include its surreal remoteness, extreme cold, enormous ice shelves and mountain ranges, and myriad exotic life forms. Preserved by the Antarctic Treaty, it is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary species. Intrepid Travel has announced that it is offering up to 50% off its 2019/2020 Antarctica departures for a limited period, and discounts of that size may make the trips accessible to those who long to get up close to Gentoo penguins, migrating blue whales and baby penguin chicks. 

Penguins on an iceberg submerged in dark waters.
Visitors can follow in famous explorers’  footsteps © David Merron/Getty Images

December is considered the ideal time to visit Antarctica as it heralds the start of  ‘summer.’ Temperatures reach just above freezing, and the pack ice melts to let ships through and the infamous Drake Passage is somewhat calmer. With several Antarctica adventures departing between November and March, all of Intrepid Travel’s trips are led by experienced guides and experts specialising in the destination’s history, geography and wildlife.

Kayakers in the water in the Antartic
Intrepid Travel has a sale on its Antartic adventures © Intrepid Travel

Renowned explorers from Cook to Amundsen and Scott all tried to penetrate this vast, mysterious land, each with varying degrees of success. Visitors can follow in their footsteps and imagine what it was like to forge through the pack ice on a creaking wooden boat or to haul sledges across the polar plateau. Some of the historic huts actually remain, preserved frozen in rime ice, to tell the story of adventures long past.

Gentoo Penguins and Chinstrap Penguins on an iceberg in Antarctica,
Gentoo Penguins and Chinstrap Penguins on an iceberg in Antarctica © Steven Kazlowski/Barcroft Media / Getty Images

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