Camping on Danco Island, Antarctica

Camping in Antarctica (An Amundsen Night)

In the true style of the early explorers, we venture out for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of camping in the Antarctic night.

Although explorers Amundsen, Scott, and Nordenskjöld used different equipment, they used the best gear available at the time. So do we. This activity features top-of-the-line camping equipment that meets Antarctic standards for camping on snow.

  • Sleeping under the Antarctic sky with only the thin wall of your tent separating you from the elements.
  • Encounter Antarctica’s natural elements up close
  • In the true style of the early explorers, we venture out at night
  • Stay warm and comfortable with top-quality camping gear
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    Duration: Late evening to early morning, maximum 10 hours

  • Booking Code

    HR-ANT4

  • From

    $ 583

  • Notices

    Subject to weather and ice conditions, all tents are two-person capacity. Limited space available. Participants for this activity are chosen by a lottery.

This activity takes place after dinner and before breakfast and offered only when the route, weather, and ice/snow conditions allow.

When Scott arrived at the South Pole on the January 17, 1912, he found a silk tent erected from a Norwegian flag and pennant from Amundsen’s ship, Fram. The tent was a masterpiece of its time, designed for emergency use. It could fit into the pocket of an anorak and weighed less than two pounds.

Imagine sleeping under the Antarctic sky with little more than the thin wall of a tent separating you from the elements. In the true style of the early explorers we venture out at night for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to feel like a polar explorer. Although Amundsen, Scott, and Nordenskjöld used different equipment, they used the best gear available at the time. So do we. This activity features top-of-the-line camping equipment that meets Antarctic standards for camping on snow.

The adventure starts with a pre-camp briefing by experienced Expedition Team members, who will accompany you on this activity. We’ll set up our camp after dinner, with guests participating from beginning to end. Never pitched a tent before? There is no better time than now. After the camp is set up, either go to bed or sit outside and marvel at the stillness—or listen to penguins in the distance. Depending on the landing site, we may take short walks to nearby viewpoints and visit penguin colonies in the bright Antarctic night. Consider waking up early and watching the sunrise.

In the morning hours, we’ll take down the camp and small boats (RIBs) will pick us up to return to the ship. Back on board, we’ll enjoy a special breakfast and recap the experience.

As an IAATO member, Hurtigruten adheres to all guidelines associated with onshore overnight stays in Antarctica. We leave nothing behind and remove all traces of our presence to protect wildlife and the fragile environment. Join us for this unique and unforgettable experience!

Practical information

  • Booking code: ONLY BOOKABLE ON BOARD
  • Includes emergency food, all camping equipment (which meet Antarctic standards), a special breakfast served back on the ship after camping, and a special certificate.
  • Walking information: Walking occurs mostly on snow, and so does the camping. Some walking with gear is required to reach the camp. We also offer short hikes if conditions and the site allow.
  • Bringing food ashore is not allowed.