Waterproof Cruises

Polar Camping Antarctica

Imagine finishing a delicious dinner onboard and then jumping into the zodiacs for a run ashore with your sleeping bag and bivy sac. What's this? Your opportunity to camp in Antarctica!

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Camping in the snow with only stars above you

  • Camping

  • Sleeping in nature

  • Penguins in the morning

  • Wildlife all around

Camping has become a popular optional activity, with some passengers camping for the very first time in their lives in Antarctica! All equipment is provided you need to experience - albeit it in a more comfortable and civilised fashion - the feelings of the early Antarctic explorers. There really is no better way to witness the stunning silence and array of colours of an Antarctic night sky.

Picture it…you are lying in your sleeping bag listening to crackling and grumbling of glaciers, the splintering of icebergs and the soothing sounds of water and brash ice washing onto the beach. Perhaps you might even hear the blow of a whale, feeding in the bay near your campsite. Who said that sleep would come easy? But when it does, you drift away knowing that you are breathing pristine air and experiencing something very few have experienced before.

After your night ashore, you will be taken back to your expedition vessel so that you can enjoy a hot shower, perhaps a sauna and a delicious breakfast in our dining room.

What is provided?

We will provide all of the camping gear required for your night ashore. Although we do not expect night-time temperatures to drop below -3° Celsius (27° F), our sleeping bags are rated to -12° C (10° F). We do have some tents for those that prefer a little bit more comfort ashore however we do recommend the true experience of sleeping out under the midnight sun in a bivy bag (sleeping bag). Polar sleeping bags will keep campers dry, warm and comfortable during the night in the open air of Antarctica. The night ashore will be supervised by an experienced field guide. Please note that camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations. 

What you need to bring

We recommend that each passenger comes ashore with a dry pair of socks and if possible, wear a set of dry thermal underwear ashore so that you are not bringing any of the days moisture into the sleeping bag with you. A warm hat really helps you to feel warm and cozy through the night.

Camping Expeditions

On some of our Ultimate Expeditions the accommodation is in tents and pods on the ice. Please contact us for the detailed information on the camping gear provided on these special trips.