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Venture to “the bottom of the Earth”, to a land of subzero temperatures, blindingly icy terrain, rumbling glaciers, shattering icebergs, and the enigmatic midnight sun. Shun the cold and get ready for an eye-opening adventure. Here are some reasons why camping in Antarctica should be the next thing to cross off on your bucket list.

1. Only a few people has ever camped in Antarctica, including the early explorers who visited hundreds of years ago.

Bragging rights a-plenty.

2. You’ll be sleeping literally under the stars, using nothing but a bivy sac and a cozy thermal sleeping bag.

Photo via ThePlanetD

Photo via ThePlanetD

Unless you want a tent. In that case…


3. Waking up to a flock of penguins peering inside your tent is the best thing ever.


4. The sun looks 10,000x more awesome when it’s shining at midnight.

Photo by LichtenHansen via Panoramio

Photo by LichtenHansen via Panoramio


5. Breakfast happens here, in the comfort of your expedition vessel’s dining lounge.

Eating isn’t allowed onshore, so you do those in the expedition vessel. Facilities ain’t that bad for a camping trip. You’re not allowed to do bathroom business in the island either.


6. But in case of emergency, you get to use one of these.

Photo via campingmaxx.com

Photo via campingmaxx.com

Yup, out there in the cold.


7. Your new best friend could be a leopard seal.


8. Or a humpback whale.


8. Or one of them.


9. Fantastic-looking icebergs are everywhere.


10. … and so are epic photo opportunities.

Photo by David Handschuh via New York Daily News

Photo by David Handschuh via New York Daily News


11. Oh, the things you find while sailing on a Zodiac.


12. You’ll never look at that obscure white spot at the bottom of your globe the same way again.