That journey to Antarctica, the seventh continent, the white wonder, has been quite an adventure. Without a doubt, it doesn’t get any more daring than that. If you want to get away from it all, you can spend a night on the other side of the world.
The experience of camping in the Antarctic is described below:
For those with a bucket list as long as their arm, G Adventures offers the opportunity to camp out on the icy shores of Antarctica as part of their itinerary. This brief overview will provide you with a general idea of what to expect.
What can you reasonably expect?
A hearty meal in the Expedition dining room will be served to you just before you disembark the ship. Your partner and you are expected to share a two-person tent for the duration of the trip.
It’s been said that “bad clothing, not bad weather” is the cause of bad weather. If you’ve signed up for the camping trip, the best thing you can do is bring some warm clothes to sleep in — thermal underwear is highly recommended — and bundle up. G Adventures will provide sleeping bags and liners; however, you will be responsible for your own clothing. Because you will be out in the open for a significant portion of the evening, it would be wise to bring an extra fleece with you. An extra-thick sock and a thick hat are required for a cold night, as are a parka and pants that are windproof and water-resistant to keep you warm and dry.
It is not necessary for participants to have prior camping experience in order to participate in this activity.
What exactly will I be seeing?
According to the time of year, this is true. If you sleep in the middle of a nighttime glow during the months of October through February, you’re in luck. If you visit between the end of February and the beginning of March, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views you’ve ever seen. Your Expedition team member will point out the constellations to you so that you can take in the beauty of the night sky in all of its glory, which is enhanced by the lack of light pollution on the island.
Penguins can be seen roaming around the tents, so keep an eye out for them!
Is there anything I can bring with me that would be useful?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to bring your stolen dessert with you to the party. Food and drink are not permitted on land in Antarctica in order to protect the continent’s pristine wilderness. The liquids can be transported ashore using the water bottle that has been provided on the ship.
Was there a problem with the toilet?
First and foremost, we strongly advise everyone to use the restroom prior to setting foot on the sand. In fact, we have a portable toilet on board for any late-night bathroom visits, because “when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go,” as the saying goes.
Can I make a reservation for a campsite once the ship has docked?
No, camping must be reserved in advance due to insurance requirements, and there are only 60 spots available for each departing departure due to limited space. Campsites are not available on all departures, so please keep this in mind when booking.