CampingLike an Explorer

Camping

An uninhabited continent opens its doors for one incredible night

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 on board.

Here’s how it works

After dinner and a full briefing on board, day turns into dusk, and we head ashore to camp. We set up our tents 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 cozy and warm in your sleeping bag, 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, most definitely, a hearty breakfast.

Great Adventure

There are not enough good things to say about the ship, the expedition team, the crew, the safety, the comfort, and mostly the great adventure that unfolded for us thanks to all of their efforts.

Tricia C.
Peninsula, 2018

The Details

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 Peninsula, Peninsula In-Depth, and Circle Crossing voyages, and we limit our camping group to 30 passengers, so we suggest you sign up before boarding the ship. Please note, there is no camping on our Peninsula Express or Marine Mammal voyages in 2019-20 and beyond.

We supply most everything

  • 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.