Camping In Antarctica

It may not be for everyone but a visit to Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With its stunning views and wildlife, it’s one of the most fascinating places in the world. But as beautiful as it is, it’s also the coldest continent and therefore comes with challenges. The environment itself can be dangerous. Even in the summertime, it’s extremely cold. You should be in good health if visiting Antarctica because only basic medical treatment is available. It is the challenges, however, that make the Antarctic the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts/campers.

camping in antarctica, an additional option  on some polar expedition cruises

The first thing you should do when planning your trip is decide when you’d like to go. Antarctica’s tour season is during the Southern Hemisphere summer (between November and March). The rest of the year is extremely dark and cold. November is the mating season for penguins and other birds.

If you want to see Penguin chicks

The penguin chicks hatch between December/January. Then, in February/March, the whales can be seen more easily. So, decide which time is best for you depending on what you’d like to experience. There are certain must-haves that you should take to Antarctica. This includes plenty of layers – insulating clothes to keep in warmth and base layers to keep moisture at bay. Your outer layers of clothing should be waterproof and windproof. It definitely goes without saying that you should bring padded gloves and hats. For your feet, you will need insulated, rubber boots (these are usually provided on board ship) and thick socks. Finally, bring some good sunglasses. The sun in the Antarctic is bizarrely bright, despite the ice and the coldness.

An express trip, flying in to enjoy the riches of Antarctica's wildlife

You should be aware that you can’t take any food or drink ashore in Antarctica. You can only take a bottle of water. Also, you can only go to the toilet if you really need to – relieving yourself on the continent is prohibited. There will be a disposable toilet but it is best used for emergencies only.

It’s important to be aware of the challenges of the Antarctic before you plan your camping excursion but don’t let these distract you too much from the benefits of visiting. Antarctica equips you with an opportunity to experience things that you never have before and never will again. There aren’t many places on earth where you can get so close to thousands of penguins. You can also see different types of whales and seals too. Surely being able to say that you’ve slept under the stars of Antarctica is the ultimate camping experience.

If camping in Antarctica sounds like your kind of adventure, contact us to make arrangements.

Or check out all our expedition cruises and wildlife holidays in Antarctica here

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