Whereas cruise vessels allow you cover large distances and reach more inaccessible areas of this continent, expedition camps give you a more immersive experience of Antarctica, getting up close with the wildlife and exploring the fascinating terrain.
These camps boast state-of-the-art facilities yet built and used with minimal impact the environment. High standards of service and safety, including those all important creature comforts, make these camps a homely and secure base camp from which to explore the White Continent around you.
Expect a flexible choice of daily activities let by expert field guides such gentle treks, exploring ice caves and tunnels, getting up close to Adelie penguins or even Emperor Penguins, kite skiing, abseiling and even teaching you how to be a true polar explorer. Some offer flights to research stations and even to the South Pole.
When to go
During Antarctica's summer November to March is prime season, with December to January being the optimal time. From mid to late December the penguin chicks start to hatch, and in January you will catch the the feeding frenzy that ensues. February to early March is the best time to spot whales, and there are generally a good number of fur seals to be seen too.
What to do
- Daily activities in and around your camp can include:
- Gentle treks, exploring ice caves and tunnels, getting up close to Adelie penguins, kite skiing, abseiling, and even teaching you how to be a true polar explorer.
- Flights further inland to spend a day with the colonies of Emperor Penguins
- Day trips to the South Pole
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