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While from the outset it resembles nothing more than a remote expanse of white solitude, but Antarctica is so much more than snow and ice. Here, nature's command is absolute; the local wildlife – penguins, birds, sea lions and even whales – have a healthy curiosity when it comes to encountering us humans, and the arid landscape is more pristine than one can imagine.

It's a bucket list adventure, and experiencing it while kipping in a tent, with little more than its thin walls separating you from the elements, on a one of Bentours' Antarctica voyages is the pièce de résistance.

Your camping excursion begins with a pre-camp briefing onboard your Hurtigruten vessel. Once this is completed, you'll disembark with experienced expedition leaders who will accompany you for the night.

Travellers participate in the expedition from beginning to end – this means if you've never pitched a tent before, this is your chance to learn. After all, how many people can say they learned to pitch a tent in Antarctica? Once you've set up camp, wrap up in another warm layer and kick back in the opening of your tent, marvelling at the complete and utter stillness of your surrounds. Weather permitting, you'll also have the opportunity to make the short walk to nearby viewpoints and visit penguin colonies in the bright Antarctic night. When the time comes to lay your head down, you'll be lulled to sleep by the gentle penguin chatter nearby. Top off the experience by rising early the next morning and enjoy a steaming brew while watching the sun rise over the magnificent part of the world.

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Book this adventure in conjunction with one of Bentours’ Hurtigruten voyages.

This excursion can be added to one of Bentours’ Antarctica voyages and costs about US$750 per person.

Antarctica gets pretty cold! You’ll spend one night – from late evening to early morning, so around 10 hours – out in the elements.

Bentours
bentours.com/hurtigruten
E: hurtigruten@bentours.com
P: 1800 487 844

This excursion features top of the line camping equipment that meets Antarctic standards for camping on snow. This excursion is only bookable on board an expedition voyage with Hurtigruten and Bentours.

This tip was provided by Bentours, but we’re sharing it with you because we think it’s great.

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