Experiencing Camping in Antarctica

Lorna Griggs

13 Feb 2017

Ice camping on the 7th continent

For many, visiting Antarctica is a chance to tick the seventh continent off their bucket list and experience towering icebergs, penguin species and historical sites that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. However, if this isn’t enough to make your friends and family green with envy, you can now even sleep on the Antarctic Peninsula itself for ultimate bragging rights!

Our Ultimate Antarctica Photography Safari not only allows passengers extended site landings to give them the best chance of long wildlife encounters and fantastic photography opportunities, but also gives you the option of sleeping out under the vast Antarctic skies.

What's it really like?

Not for the faint-hearted, we’ll be honest, camping in Antarctica is extremely cold! But to really make the most of your surroundings you don’t want to be cooped up in a tent, instead you’ll be digging your own sleeping ‘pit’ in the snow. This takes some skill as it needs to be snug enough to keep you warm, but large enough to allow you to get comfortable.

This really gives the phrase “nice digs” a whole new meaning!

As you may be sleeping in temperatures as cold as -5C or -10C, you’ll need to prepare yourself with your thermal sleeping bag (provided on board), as many layers as you can comfortably wear and a thermos filled with your preferred hot beverage. Once comfortable, snuggle down and take in the rose-coloured sunsets while watching penguins waddle around just metres from your campsite.

Peninsula photography

Most ships only offer excursions in the mornings and afternoons, which can limit the different types of light you are exposed to for photographs. As the sun starts to dip on the horizon (around 11pm) the light changes, softens, and if you’re lucky – casts beautiful pink and purple hues across the pristine white landscape. Photography at 2am is harder from a moving ship, but from land, you have a unique perspective. It’s the perfect opportunity to set up a time lapse to capture the changing skies, or to take advantage of the dusky twilight and perfect that long exposure.

Once on land, you’ll also have the opportunity to sit quietly and reflect on the trip so far, while watching the moon rise in the sky.

Lorna's experience camping in Antarctica

NWS Lorna was lucky enough to experience Antarctic camping on her recent journey to the south:

Despite the cold, the experience of camping in Antarctica was once in a lifetime, and I'm so glad I did it. The photos I took that night are some of my absolute favourites, and laying in the snow in the midnight silence truly made me appreciate the beautiful isolation that is Antarctica.

If ice camping on the Antarctic Peninsula sounds like an unforgettable experience you don’t want to miss out on, speak to our Destination Specialists about booking an Antarctica adventure that includes this amazing opportunity.

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