Camping in the Antarctic – Questions and answers

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about camping in the Antarctic. 

You do not need any camping experience. All that is required is a good level of physical fitness. The expedition leader will check your fitness beforehand; if they have any concerns, you will not be allowed to participate as a precautionary measure.

The camping group meets on board after their evening meal and prepares for the evening crossing in the Zodiac. The expedition leader or their deputy will find a place to camp and inspect it beforehand. Pitching your tent is part of the experience - naturally with the assistance of our expedition camping team. Once everything has been arranged and set up, your personal time can begin. Enjoy the expanse and silence of the Antarctic in peace. Settle down in an approved spot and listen to the call of distant penguins or marvel at the sunset (which may be very late depending on the season) and the changing of the light. No matter how long or how you decide to spend it, the "night" is yours. If you get up early, you might be able to enjoy the sunrise in the Antarctic silence. Now it's time to pack up and return to the ship. Eat breakfast on board and reflect on your powerful and evocative experiences from this unique adventure.

At least six and no more than sixteen. There are always two people in each tent. You cannot reserve a private tent.

Children can take part but must be at least ten years old when the cruise begins. Children may only take part if accompanied by their parents. For safety reasons, children must never spend the night in a tent without an adult present. Discounts for children cannot be guaranteed.

Each participant is provided with equipment specially designed for the polar region: warm, insulated and waterproof rubber boots and a polar parka. High-quality expedition tents, each for two people. Thermal sleeping mat and approved polar sleeping bag with warm inner lining for each person. There will also be a transportable toilet and battery-operated tent lamps.

A thick polar parka and rubber boots will be provided on board. Due to the low temperatures, protective clothing is important and you will need to dress in layers: thermal underwear (rather than cotton underwear), thick socks (plus extra socks), fleece jacket, breathable jacket and trousers, warm hat, neck warmer, thermal glove liners and warm gloves over the top. When in the Antarctic, visitors should protect themselves from the sun with sunglasses and sunscreen.

Nothing apart from a thirst for adventure - unless you need to take regular medication. A torch is also recommended for Antarctic cruises in February and March.

Camping in the Antarctic only takes place on selected cruises since it is only permitted at particular landing places. All planned cruises can be found here. Subject to weather conditions.

This is an optional activity that is not included in the cruise price. The trip costs € 290 per participant. 

Bookings can only be made on the relevant Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Antarctic cruise. The crew will let you know in good time whether the camping trip will be taking place and, if so, the time and location.

In specially selected, scenic spots that fulfil our self-imposed guidelines as an IAATO member. We take care to ensure that the tents are pitched on snow in an appropriate spot without negatively affecting the natural surroundings. 

The Antarctic camping experience should be as authentic and adventurous as possible. As part of this, participants pitch their own tents under the guidance of the expedition leader. But don't worry, polar tents are easier to pitch than you think.

An experienced expedition leader will look after the group throughout the experience. They will tell you how to pitch the tents, spend the night with your group and maintain constant radio contact with the ship. 

The equipment includes a transportable toilet.

In the Antarctic summer - our cruising season - the average daytime temperature is around 0 °C. At night, this often drops a few degrees below zero. However, the wind can make it seem even colder. Sun, snow, wind - anything goes in the Antarctic.

The expedition leader maintains constant contact with the crew of the HANSEATIC, who constantly monitor weather developments. You may have to return earlier than expected. Should the weather prevent you from safely returning to the ship, your stay may be extended until the weather improves. 

We want to preserve and protect the nature of the Antarctic as much as possible; therefore, our self-imposed IAATO guidelines do not permit food to be taken ashore. 

First aid equipment will be available during the camping trip. The expedition leader has constant contact with the HANSEATIC.