Camp in AntarcticaPleneau Island
Few intrepid souls reach Antarctica's cool grasp, and even fewer can boast that they've actually slept on top of this ice-covered terrain. But camping has become the most popular (and free) activity on Aurora Expeditions' sailings of this vast continent. So pack your matt and insulated sleeping bag and pile on the layers for an evening under the midnight sun, where you'll toast the sunset only to toast the sunrise an hour later.
It's not just the frozen landscape that will have you captivated. A waddle of penguins might wander over to check you out or a whale may breach the water in the fading (or growing) light. Dig yourself a single or double bed and lay down to the sounds at the end of the world: cracking ice, a petrel's cry or the chirp of a penguin. They all create a surreal experience you will never forget.
Flights to Ushuaia arrive from most South American capital cities.
The Polar Pioneer departs from Ushuaia, and it takes two days at sea to cross the Drake Passage into Antarctica.
- Aurora Expeditions provides all the bedding you need
- Ice toilets
- BYO sundowners
Nothing about Antarctica is cheap, but for a once-in-a-lifetime experience it’s an expense well worth paying.
It isn’t the most comfortable of sleeps but hey, who cares when a waddle of penguins tuck you in.