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Camping in Antarctica: An Experience Unlike Any Other

by Krista Hillis Blog

If you enjoy the outdoors, then you have more than likely been camping. Camping is typically enjoyed during the warm summer nights; as you cook your dinner on the fire, looking up at the stunning night sky. Yes, that’s camping; but it’s not the only type of camping for outdoor enthusiasts.
Antarctic Peninsula

Regions: Antarctica

Destinations: Antarctic Peninsula

Highlights: Camping

Camping in Antarctica: An Experience Unlike Any Other

If you enjoy the outdoors, then you have more than likely been camping. Camping is typically enjoyed during the warm summer nights; as you cook your dinner on the fire, looking up at the stunning night sky. Yes, that’s camping; but it’s not the only type of camping for outdoor enthusiasts. 


At Oceanwide Expeditions, we offer a unique camping experience. One that truly allows you to feel connected to the outdoors and surrounding wildlife. Antarctica is so stunning and remote, that you will never look at camping the same again. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience. 


If you love to camp and you’re looking for your next outdoor adventure, then Antarctica will provide you with the adventure and beauty you’re searching for. Whether you’re experienced or new to camping, everyone can get involved. There are few places on earth, where you can fall asleep to the sound of penguins. 

An Antarctic Camping Experience: What Can I Expect?

In the Antarctic, you will camp like you have never camped before. Although tents are available, we offer travellers the opportunity to open air camp. Open air camping, allows you to sleep under a shelter, but you’re not enclosed in a tent. Instead, we supply breathable bivouac bags. 


We will provide you with special gear and equipment, allowing you to stay dry and protected. The bivouac bags are both wind and waterproof, allowing for the most comfortable sleep. To keep campers warm and dry, polar sleeping bags will be provided. For those that would prefer a tent, we will provide sturdy domes, comfortably sleeping three people. 


Meals will not be eaten onshore, as dinner and breakfast will be eaten on the vessel. Based on regulations, we cannot bring stoves, food, or fuel ashore. By leaving food on board, we can prevent the spreading of seeds and disease from foreign species of plants. However, there will be emergency rations, water, survival gear, and medical supplies handy. After dinner, camping groups will be taken ashore, where there will experience a night which they will never forget. 


Depending on the location (which is often based on the weather), you could fall asleep, listening to colonies of penguins. When you awake, you will be surrounded by scenery that will make you believe you’re still dreaming. It is truly an experience that is unlike any other. 

No Experience Required 

Since an experienced field guide will be with you, there’s no need to worry if you lack camping experience. Everybody can participate, as there are no physical requirements. Although you will be expected to help prepare the camp site, it is all part of this unique experience. 


If you have any concerns about the weather, the vessel is never far away. In fact, we will only camp when the vessel can stay close to shore throughout the night. Depending on the weather and location, campers are not ashore for more than 10 hours. 


When campers are a shore, staff members from Oceanwide Expeditions will be in full radio contact with the vessel. Staff will also be ashore, so that they can supervise and assist campers. It’s important that we do not disturb wildlife, so all camps will need to be cleaned after each night. 


'Open Air' Camping on Antarctica will be offered on select Ortelius and Plancius voyages. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. A once in a lifetime, unique Antarctic vacation experience is waiting for you. 

 

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