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There are few experiences that can surpass the feeling of first stepping off a zodiac and landing on the shores of the Great White South. However, setting camp and spending a night on the Antarctic Peninsula is undoubtedly one of them.
As you fall asleep between snow-capped mountains you will watch as the colours of the night sky spectacularly reflect off the ocean and surrounding glaciers. Nestling adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins are the only other creatures that will be sharing your home for the night, This is a truly unique means to connect with the surrounding landscape, channelling the unique vibrancy and energy that staying in one of the most remote places on Earth has to offer.
Is Ice Camping for you?
No previous experience is required for our most popular activity, Ice Camping - a true wilderness experience of Antarctica that everyone can participate in. Forego the comforts of your cabin, connect with nature and enjoy the true silence of Antarctica in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We camp in warm and waterproof bivy bags in Antarctica, so there can be rocks, snow, mud, and frozen surfaces to contend with. But you’ll leave with memories of an overnight adventure you will never forget and bragging rights that you are part of a select few that have camped on the White Continent.
What to expect
If you have booked the camping excursions, after dinner has concluded, you will board a Zodiac and be guided by the expedition team to the camping site. They will stay with you overnight in case you need assistance with anything. After setting up camp, you’ll spend the night onshore (about 10 hours in total) before waking up to return to the Ocean Endeavour for breakfast.
What you’ll need
Guests joining our camping program should expect to prepare for Antarctic conditions – warm clothing is essential. Gloves, thick socks, hat, windproof pants, and a parka are essential. Guests will be supplied with a bivvy bag, insulating mats and one of the best mats you could ever imagine from the seat of your portable toilet!
The minimum age for participants is 16 years, as young children are more susceptible to hypothermia.
Booking in advance
Ice Camping is offered on a selection of our Antarctic voyages, so we recommend booking ahead to secure your place. Ice Camping is only available at the start of the season during November to January departures when the snow is soft.
Please note that Ice Camping numbers are limited on each voyage so we recommend booking ahead to secure your place and avoid disappointment!