What’s camping in Antarctica like? Long after most passengers are tucked away in their cabins, chances are you’ll still be lying awake, cozy in your tent and sleeping bag, captivated by the ethereal sounds of gently lapping waves, creaking glaciers and perhaps the blow of a whale passing in the night. The air seems even more pure than in the daytime, the scale of your surroundings even more humbling, and by morning you’ll find yourself wondering how you could possibly describe this once-in-a-lifetime experience to friends back onboard. 

Camping in Antarctica


  • Insulated sleeping bag, rated to -20° F (-29° C).
    (We do not expect temperatures below 10° F, but warmer bags ensure your comfort overnight.)
  • Insulated sleeping pads
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • One dry-bag for pillow and change of dry clothes
  • 4-season mountaineering tents
  • A limited number of mountaineering bivy sacks
    (Optional, if a few individuals wish to sleep out)

We will also provide one portable toilet for the group. True darkness during the polar summer is limited or absent, so a headlamp or flashlight is not required equipment; though you may wish to bring a light on trips departing after February 1, when the night sun is less powerful. 


After a full briefing and a hearty dinner on board, day turns to dusk, and we head to shore to camp. We set up our tents (yes, you’ll set up your own, but with plenty of help from your expedition team) on a breathtaking spot near the edge of the water, surrounded by a landscape rarely seen by human eyes.

On top of an insulated pad, you’ll lay in the warmest sleeping bag you’ve ever been in, and proceed to get a small (albeit more toasty) taste of what it must have been like for the very first Antarctic explorers to camp on this continent. In the morning, we’ll break down our tents and head back to hot coffee and tea, perhaps a nice warm shower, and a delicious breakfast.

Anyone 12 or older with an adventurous spirit is welcome to spend an unforgettable night with us on the continent. We camp just once per voyage, on most, but not all, voyages that travel to the Peninsula, and we limit our camping group to 30 passengers, so we suggest you sign up before boarding the ship.

Camping in Antarctica


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