Polar Holidays

Steppes was one of the first UK based Tour Operators to offer polar adventures. Since then we've built an impressive reputation based on our detailed first-hand knowledge and long standing partnerships.

In our quest to find more outlandish and pioneering holidays, a journey to the end of the world – north or south – is no longer just the provision of scientists and famous explorers. In fact over the last ten years, Antarctic and Arctic cruising has increased in popularity and these once fabled waters have even been touched by mainstream floating gin-palaces carrying hundreds of ill-prepared tourists at a time. You won’t find this kind of cruise on the pages of this website.

Steppes works with smaller, expeditionary vessels where the emphasis is on activities ashore rather than cocktails on board. That’s not to say you will not be looked after once you have kayaked through Paradise Bay, photographed polar bears from a zodiac or followed in the footsteps of Shackleton across South Georgia.

Expect good food, plentiful wine and an endless supply of salty sea-dog stories at the end of your day – and what’s best of all is the feeling that you have earned it.

Hebridean Sky - Antarctica

Travel aboard the Hebridean Sky on selected departures and save up to £4,165 per couple.

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Arctic Expedition Cruise with Monty Halls

The wild and dramatic landscape of Spitsbergen provides the perfect backdrop for photographing polar bears and with Sue Flood and Monty Halls at your side, you are guaranteed expert advice to ensure you make the most of every opportunity. 

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