In addition to our regular excursion programme, we sometimes offer the chance to spend a night on shore in a tent, when we visit Antarctica.
This is a lifetime opportunity that makes you feel like a true explorer. Though the likes of Amundsen, Scott and Nordenskjold had different equipment in their era, they always went for the best. So do we; offering top-of-the-line camping equipment that is appropriate for Antarctic standards when camping on snow.
A hands-on camp experience
The experience starts with a pre-camp briefing by our experienced expedition staff, who will accompany you during this experience. When we pitch up camp after dinner, you are part of the experience, from beginning to end. If you have never set up a tent before, this is your chance to do it for the first time.
If you aren't quite ready to go to bed right after the camp has been set up, you can for example, sit outside the camp to take in the view, or listen to the penguins from a distance. If the weather permits, we might take a short walk to viewing points in the area and visit the penguin colonies in the bright Antarctic night. You can also wake up during the early morning hours and see the sunrise, if you wish.
Protecting the fragile environment
At the end of the stay, we dismantle our camp. As an IAATO member, Hurtigruten follows all guidelines associated with overnight stays ashore. We leave nothing behind and remove all signs of our stay, as much as is possible. This is important in order to protect wildlife and the generally fragile environment of the Antarctic region. The Polarcirkel boats pick us up and we return to the ship for a special breakfast on board after this unique experience.