Shackleton's hut

Antarctic Peninsula

Region: Antarctica

Destinations: Ross Sea

Shackleton’s hut

Ernest Shackleton’s hut is a historic site located at Cape Royds in Antarctica. The hut of Shackleton was used as a base for an earlier unsuccessful attempt to reach the South Pole (1907-1909), led by Ernest Shackleton. 

Shackleton’s Hut has become one of the most fascinating sites in Antarctica. Visitors to the hut will find the hut door opening out to the world’s most southern Adelie penguin population along with a panoramic view that includes the Transantarctic Mountains, Mt Erebus, the Barne Glacier and McMurdo Sound. On the ground lie in original positions the remnants of the expedition’s provisions and equipment including boxes of maize, dog kennels, a wheel from the Arrol-Johnston car and pony feed boxes. Inside, the Hut has shelves stacked with Edwardian provisions that include tinned meats and vegetables and bottles of raspberries, gooseberries and red currants still wrapped in straw. The hut is a fantastic place to visit - a museum in itself  - fully equipped with authentic food provisions and furniture, including a cooking stove. The jackets of Shackleton and his men are still hanging on hooks, laundry is hanging on lines.

Antarctic Specially Protected Area

Today, Shackleton’s Hut is listed by the Antarctic Treaty System as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area and is cared for by the Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project. Between 2004 and 2008 an international team of heritage and conservation specialists spent each Antarctic summer securing Shackleton’s Hut for future generations to enjoy.

Visit Shackleton’s hut

We intend to visit Cape Royds with the cabin of  Ernest Shackleton on our Ross Sea Journeys. 

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