Activities Ahoy! Basecamp Cruises In Antarctica

There are so many different ways of exploring the Polar Regions that it can be difficult to decide which activities to do during your expedition. Pursuits such as camping, kayaking and snowshoeing can often be added to your polar cruise at an extra cost but this leaves you with a decision to make depending on your budget and the time available. However, if you opt to take a Basecamp cruise with Oceanwide Expeditions, there will be no need to make such a hard choice as there will be activities galore included in the price.

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Basecamp cruises take place in Antarctica and give you the chance to try a wide range of different activities, cramming as much fun into your time on the white continent as possible. You’ll arrive in Antarctic waters and the ship will remain in place for a number of days, acting as a basecamp for all your explorations. The experienced guides will ensure that everything is carried out safely and offer educational lectures on the things that you’ll see and the various ways you can see them.

These Oceanwide cruises typically include the following activities. They are offered at no additional cost, so you can experience as many of them as you like.

Camping Oceanwide Expeditions

Mountaineering – Head out on an extended trek to see more than you would on a standard hike. Mountaineering can take you over harsh terrains and onto giant glaciers.

Kayaking – Take to the oceans and discover the coves and inlets around the coast. Kayaking can help you discover areas that you would never be able to reach via land.

Photography Workshops – Need some tips on capturing the perfect picture? Expert photographers will advise you how best to shoot the Antarctic region, giving you some great snaps to make everyone back home jealous./p>

Snowshoeing – Not as full on as a mountaineering trek, but a great way to explore on foot. Once you’ve taken your first comical steps with the snowshoes on, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

Camping – To fully understand the remoteness and sheer beauty of Antarctica, you need to see it during the day and at night. Camping on the ice allows you to do just that and represents a true wilderness experience.


In short, a Basecamp expedition gives you the chance to tailor your cruise the way you want. If you’re feeling particularly energetic you can head off on a mountaineering trek, but if you want a more leisurely day you can hop in a Zodiac or gently paddles through the waters in a kayak. It’s completely up to you. The flexibility and range of options available make this type of expedition the perfect option for those who want to try some new activities and see as much as they can during a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

These trips take place on both Plancius and Ortelius, two ships that also offer helicopter tours on particular cruises, allowing for explorations even further afield if the weather permits. If you would like to know more about the Basecamp cruises that are available, speak to a member of our knowledgeable team today.


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