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Camping in Antarctica: a True Expedition Experience

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We tend to associate camping with warm summer nights, dinners cooked over an open fire, and quiet mountain lakes. But that’s not the only kind of camping you can enjoy. In fact, it’s only the tip of the iceberg – so to speak.
Antarctic Peninsula

Regions: Antarctica

Destinations: Antarctic Peninsula

Highlights: Camping

Camping in Antarctica

We tend to associate camping with warm summer nights, dinners around an open fire, and quiet mountain lakes. But that’s not the only kind of camping you can enjoy.

In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg – so to speak.

Oceanwide Expeditions offers an alternative, a truly adventurous experience that allows you to fully connect with the Antarctic outdoors. After a night in this stunning environment, you’ll never see camping the same way again.

What you can expect from Antarctic camping 

In Antarctica, you can camp like you’ve never camped before. Though tents are available, Oceanwide offers you the option of camping in open-air snow dugouts.

How’s that for a real Antarctic expedition?

If you opt for open-air camping, you will sleep under a shelter in a breathable bivouac bag. We provide all the special gear and equipment for this activity, allowing you to stay dry and protected while you soak up the surreal silence of the Antarctic wilderness.

The bivouacs are wind and waterproof, as are our sleeping bags. But for those who prefer not to rough it, Oceanwide also provides sturdy domes that sleep up to three people. 

And unlike the historic explorers, you won’t go hungry: Fine dinners and breakfasts are served right on board the vessel.

We do this for your comfort and to prevent the spread of foreign plants and contaminants. But don’t worry, you will not be left without outside supplies. Emergency rations, water, survival gear, and medical equipment are always handy.

After dinner, Oceanwide guides will take you to shore with your camping group for an epic overnight adventure.

Depending on the Antarctic location in which you camp (often based on weather), you just might fall asleep to the sound of nearby penguins. The following morning, you’ll awake to scenery you’ll think you’ve pulled out of a dream.

No polar camping experience required (in Antarctica or otherwise)

Since an experienced guide will be with you, there’s no need to be a pro camper.

Everyone can participate, as there are no physical requirements. You will, however, be expected to help prepare camp. This is, after all, part of the experience. 

If the weather gets rough, which happens in Antarctica, just remember that the vessel is never far away. We’ll actually only camp if the vessel can stay close to shore. And depending on conditions, you’ll never camp for more than 10 consecutive hours. 

Lastly, our guides will stay in contact with the vessel the whole time you’re camping.

These supervising guides will assist you in all things, also helping clean up camp the next day so as not to disturb the amazing Antarctic wildlife you traveled so far to see.

So are you ready to indulge your inner explorer yet? 

If you are, Antarctic camping cruises are offered on both Ortelius and Plancius. Book today and join us for a genuinely once-in-a-nightlife adventure!

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