A thirst for exotic holidays has always kept us intrigued. Now, just imagine if that exotic location is in the South Pole, literally. Not just the peripheries while on some cruise ship, but the unexplored interiors of real Antarctica that only “scientists and odd polar explorer” ever get to see.
With this zeal, four friends started the exclusive and extravagant venture called the White Desert. The camp billed as the “only luxury camp” in the region has an easy and friendly feel to it and is run along strict environmental guidelines. They even organise adventure tours that let you scale the white mountains, explore the landscape and spend time with the emperor penguins!
To experience the ‘March of the Emperor Penguins’, you just need to take a two-hours flight from the base camp and what follows next is surreal – an experience with 6,000 penguins and their young chicks! They claim that these penguins are “totally unafraid of humans and will come within a few meters of the group, immersing you in the noise, commotion and the sheer beauty of it all.” Excited? We are!
But if you are looking for more adrenaline then they have a solution for that too with expeditions to series of ice tunnels or a venture further towards the coast, “to where giant ice waves rise up from the ground in surreal formations.”
Now more about the camp. The exotic site has six state-of-the-art sleeping pods, designed for two people in each, which are heated and warm. The spacious pods have a double bed, a writing desk, wash area and toilet in each. Also, there are separate shower pod, kitchen pod and two custom-made tents at the camp site. “These are unique – fusing cutting edge material with an old-world feel and house the lounge and dining room. Here you can relax, enjoy the fantastic food from our award winning chef and take things easy. Our philosophy is simple – do as much or as little as you like. It’s your adventure,” their website says about the super cute and ecological pods.
Having an exotic venture in the arctic also comes with immense responsibility towards the environment and ecological sustenance. Adhering to this, the team operates in strict accordance with the environmental tourism guidelines laid out in the Antarctic Treaty.
“A significant proportion of the camp is powered by renewable energy, using photovoltaic solar panels for electrical supply and solar water heaters for the shower system,” the website adds.
Sadly, the exotic trip is very expensive, and a 8-night trip costs around $72,000 per person. But there’s always hope.
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