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m/v Janssonius

Janssonius is meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships.

About m/v Janssonius

Janssonius is meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Surpassing the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Janssonius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica. 

Not only will the numerous amenities and on-board entertainments help make your Janssonius voyage truly memorable, this ship also gives you the peace of mind that comes with choosing one of the most environmentally friendly vessel on the polar seas. Janssonius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal. This means that when you sail aboard Janssonius, you get to enjoy the exotic landscapes and wildlife as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible.

Ship Facts

Launch yearLanguageGross tonnageLengthWidthCurrencySpeedCapacityCrew countCabin countElectrical plugs
2021en5537109 meters18 metersEUR15 knots1707280 types:
EU 2 Pin 220v
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Hotel comfort, expedition class

Please be aware that a small number of cabins may have a partially obstructed view due to the size of the windows and the design requirements of the ship. For example, some windows may be partly obstructed in the lower half by a gangway. The best view is always on the outer deck or the bridge. Janssonius offers high-quality accommodation for 170 passengers in six grand suites with balconies (22 square meters, 236 square feet), eight junior suites (20 square meters, 215 square feet), eight superior cabins (20 to 21 square meters, 215 to 226 square feet), 11 twin deluxe cabins, (19 to 22 square meters, 161 to 236 square feet), 14 twin window cabins as well as 27 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins (12 to 14 square meters, 129 to 151 square feet), and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size from 15 to 16 square meters, or 129 to 172 square feet. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which are reserved for a wide variety of interactive workshops, exhibitions, and performances particular to Janssonius. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.

Grand Suite

  • 1 double window

  • 1 double bed
  • Sofa
  • Private balcony
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe


  • Double or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Junior Suite

  • 1 double window

  • 1 double bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe


  • Double or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Superior Cabin

  • 2 windows

  • 1 double bed
  • Sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe


  • Double or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Twin Deluxe Cabin

  • 2 windows

  • 2 single beds
  • Sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe


  • Twin
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Twin Window Cabin

  • 1 window

  • 2 single beds
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe

Please be aware that the view from some windows might be partially obstructed due to the design requirements of the ship


  • Twin
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Twin Porthole Cabin

  • 2 portholes

  • 2 single beds
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe


  • Twin
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Triple Porthole

  • 2 portholes

  • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe

This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin


  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Quadruple Porthole Cabin

  • 2 portholes

  • 2 upper & lower berths
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Safe deposit box
  • Wardrobe

This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin


  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk


Not only will the numerous amenities and on-board entertainments help make your Janssonius voyage truly memorable, this ship also gives you the peace of mind that comes with choosing one of the most environmentally friendly vessel on the polar seas. 

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge is located on deck 5.



Buffet breakfasts include:

  • eggs, bacon, & sausage
  • hot cereal
  • baked beans
  • variety of breads
  • cold-cut meats
  • cereals
  • crackers
  • yogurt
  • jams & preserves
  • fruit platters
  • pastries

Lunch buffets:

  • soup & salad
  • sandwich foods
  • main course meal
  • fruit basket
  • dessert

Dinners served at the table include:

  • appetizer, soup, or salad
  • main course meal (meat, fish, or vegetarian)
  • dessert or fruit plate


Kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, camping, scuba diving, and much more – our activities are as exciting as they are numerous.We provide much of the equipment you’ll need, and our fleet of Zodiacs will shuttle you to and from all outings with utmost speed and safety. Should you need more of a lift, we even bring our own helicopters on select Ortelius cruises.

It isn’t just the landscape you will experience, it’s also the immense and indelible world of wildlife that calls that landscape home. Allow us to acquaint you with the real polar survivalists that make these far-flung regions truly come alive.

Zodiac Cruising and Shore Programs

Our voyages are primarily defined as explorations and we spend as much time ashore as possible. We can be flexible, taking advantage of wildlife opportunities by using our zodiacs for both landings and cruises. Our knowledgeable guides assist on these outings, providing detailed information. This is supplemented by lectures on board which covers topics such as wildlife, nature and history.

Zodiac cruising instructions

The proper handling and usage of Zodiac landing craft, is crucial for exploratory voyages. These rubber boats are ideal for our operations. They have shallow drafts, and contain six air-filled compartments which give them impressive floatation and weight carrying abilities. The compartments are connected by valves, which allow the internal air pressure to be regulated, and they will still float even if one (or several) compartments become deflated. With these safe, durable and dependable boats we can land in many, normally inaccessible sites; Such as, beaches, shallow river banks, rocky outcrops, coral reef flats, ice floes, etc., as well as more conventional places; such as, docks, sea walls and jetties.

Passengers, however, must be aware of certain regulations involving the Zodiacs in order to assure adequate safety in our landing operations.

The Zodiac driver is in charge of the boat and its operations. Please follow his or her instructions at all times.

Always wear the provided zodiac safety vests when travelling in the Zodiacs. This is for your safety, and is required at all times while in the Zodiacs regardless of weather or sea conditions.

Always accept the helping hand of crew-members and Zodiac drivers when stepping into or out of the Zodiacs at the ship’s gangway or ashore. Keep both hands free for this operation, and use the preferred ‘sailor’s grip’; i.e., grip each other by the wrist, because this gives a much stronger grip than just holding hands.

Minimize the number of separate articles taken along with you when using the zodiacs. Backpacks are ideal for consolidating such diverse objects as cameras, binoculars, rain gear, extra shoes, etc. Carryon items may be handed to the boat handlers before embarking or disembarking. Keep both hands free.

Never smoke in the Zodiacs. This is hazardous because there are exposed fuel tanks connected to the outboard engines. Lit cigarettes are also hazardous to the rubber construction of the boats.

All landing conditions will be announced beforehand; i.e., ‘wet’ landings (these may require getting your feet wet by wading ashore), ‘dry’ landings (these make use of a dock or other object with which one can step ashore directly), and expected weather conditions.

Never disembark or embark the Zodiac over the wooden transom (stern) when the boat is backed onto a beach. Oncoming waves may suddenly push the boat higher onto the beach, knocking the careless passenger with the uplifted engine and propeller, or crushing an exposed foot with the very heavy transom. During ‘wet’ landings one may safely get in or out of the boat by first sitting on the rubber pontoon and then swinging one’s leg over the side. Always wait for instructions from the driver during landings.

One should always use a weatherproof bag (or bring along a small plastic bag) to protect non-waterproof items; such as, cameras and binoculars, from sea spray (or rain) when in the Zodiacs.


Lectures on board are selected and relevant to the destinations we travel to. We cover major topics like marine biology, geography, geology, glaciology, ornithology and history.

Polar Diving

All of our polar voyages provide you maximum firsthand contact with local wildlife and terrain, but it is our intimate knowledge of the seas that allows us to also give you an unparalleled adventure below the waves.

Join us on one of our Arctic or Antarctic diving cruises, true expeditions in every sense of the word, during which you will have access to some of the most scenic dive sites in the polar regions.

With this exciting activity, you can explore the underbellies of icebergs, encounter exotic marine life, and enjoy the beautiful interplay of ice, light, and water in a rarely seen world. The details of our dives and itineraries are based on the extensive experience of our international guides, all of whom have worked in the polar regions for many years in various capacities. When you dive with us, you get the best polar adventure in the most capable hands.

General information on our diving activity

  • Divers must be experienced with cold-water, dry-suit diving.
  • We aim for one to two dives per day (one in the morning, one in the afternoon).
  • Our ability to dive depends on local ice and weather conditions.
  • All dive guides are certified and experienced experts in their field.
  • We offer basic equipment on board (e.g., tanks, compressors, and weights), but divers must bring their own personal gear.
  • We make dives from our Zodiac boats.
  • Our maximum dive depth is around 20 meters / 65 feet.
  • In both Antarctica and the Arctic, we may observe sea squirts, squat lobsters, spider crabs, soft corals, anemones, peacock worms, dogfish, sea snails, crabs, sea butterflies, shrubby horsetails, jellyfish, sea hedgehogs, kelp walls, and several species of starfish.
  • Details on booking this activity can be found on our Dates & Rates webpage.


There’s no closer way to explore a new area than on your own two feet. With this in mind, we offer a number of hiking expeditions built for all levels of hiker – from the casual walker to the hard-core hiking enthusiast.

Do you need to be an experienced hiker?

For basic walks, you just need to be in reasonably good shape and health. Hikes usually last somewhere between two and six hours. Keep in mind there are no paths and that you will be traveling over fairly rugged terrain and some small hills.We usually offer one to three different types of walks (except in the case of our sailing trips on s/v Noorderlicht) per landing site, ranging from a casual stroll to a challenging hike.In Antarctica, the longest hike takes about three hours. In the Arctic, the longest hike can last a full day, in which case we will provide you a packed lunch. All hikes are led and supervised by certified, experienced expedition guides.

How physically fit do you need to be?

Our hiking guides reserve the right to remove a passenger from the hiking group if they feel they are not in good enough health for a particular hike. This is for your safety as well as our guides.If this happens, our experienced guides will be able to recommend another hike based on your fitness level.

What kind of clothing should you take hiking?

Please bring clothing for the variable weather of the polar regions. Layers are your friend. You’re going to get hot as you hike, and layers will enable you to shed clothing without losing your overall protection against the elements.

With that in mind we suggest the following gear:

  • Hiking or walking poles
  • Backpack (25 liters)
  • Knee-high rubber boots with a grip sole (we provide these on our larger motor vessels but not on our smaller sailing vessels)
  • A waterproof bag (especially for cameras), since you are likely to get splashed during the Zodiac ride from the ship to the shore
  • Straps for tying snowshoes onto your back or backpack
  • Sturdy ankle-high hiking boots (you can use your rubber boots as well)
  • Gaiters (knee-high waterproof protection) to keep your lower legs dry
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Thin under-socks (to stop blistering) and thick over-socks (with spares)
  • One-litre water-bottle
  • Thermal under-gloves (fleece finger gloves) and warm outer-gloves or mittens (and spares)
  • Turtleneck or neck gaiter
  • Urine-collection bottle (for Antarctica), such as a wide-opening Nalgene bottle
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Down jacket or spare fleece jacket
  • Breathable waterproof jacket and trekking trousers
  • Warm fleece hat
  • Binoculars

Do not bring cotton clothing like T-shirts or jeans. When cotton gets wet (either from outside moisture or sweat), it will stay wet a long time – not a good thing in a cold environment.

Do the hiking activities cost more?

No, they are covered in the cost of your cruise.

Are the polar hikes safe?

Yes, as all hikes are accompanied by one or more trained and experienced expedition guides. But in the Arctic (especially Svalbard), we must keep a constant lookout for polar bears. All Arctic hiking guides carry rifles due to this possibility while in polar bear territory.

We only hike in areas that are outside glaciated terrain, since treks inside these areas bring people into contact with crevasses and are therefore considered mountaineering. Mountaineering trips are always accompanied by at least one UIAGM-certified mountain guide.

Ski Mountaineering

Interested in something slightly more adventurous than shoreline walks and wildlife watching? Our ski mountaineering trips give you an invigorating up-close experience of the rugged peaks and majestic mountains flanking the high Arctic fjords.

Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy all the usual perks of polar expedition cruising: expansive scenery, exploratory outings, and the chance to see all manner of exotic Arctic wildlife.

Our ski mountaineering outings are always led by certified and experienced expedition leaders and mountain guides, such as Phil Wickens and Tim Blakemore, both of whom have been guiding in the Arctic for well over a decade.

Each morning the guides lead small groups of six to eight skiers onto the glaciers and into the mountains, typically ascending around 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) each day and often stopping for a packed lunch in the middle of the outing.

Ski excursions involve both easy mountaineering and off-piste skiing. Since the expedition is ship-based, guides have the flexibility and freedom to reach the best snow, optimal weather, and a variety of unique Arctic destinations. In order to participate, skiers must be in good physical condition, have prior ski mountaineering experience, and possess their own equipment. Guests will also be expected to demonstrate strong alpine skiing skills, both in ascents as well as descents, while on unprepared slopes of up to 35° in a variety of snow conditions.

To determine whether guests have the necessary skills for this activity, we ask all skiers to fill out a questionnaire highlighting their ski mountaineering experience beforehand. This is for the safety of our guests as well as our guides.What you need to bring on a ski mountaineering tripSki mountaineering is a technically demanding and equipment-intensive sport, so you will need to bring more personal gear than on most Oceanwide voyages.

The following is required:

  • skis with touring bindings
  • ski mountaineering boots
  • crampons adjusted to the size of your ski boots
  • skins
  • ski crampons (couteaux / harscheissen)
  • ski poles
  • avalanche transceiver
  • snow shovel
  • avalanche probe
  • four screw-gate karabiners
  • two tape slings
  • two prussic loops
  • climbing harness
  • ice axe
  • appropriate clothing (detailed in a checklist distributed prior to trip)

Photo Workshop

Photography trips

You might find mere words failing to express to your friends what it meant to you to get in touch with the pristine beauty of the Polar Regions. But you might also be worried that you’re no world-class photographer and that your pictures aren’t going to live up to your Arctic or Antarctic experience.

Not to worry. Select voyages have pro photographers on board who are happy to share their experience and expertise with you. So if you consider yourself only a fair photographer, or even if you can’t tell the front end of a camera from the back, you’re going to go home with some new shutterbug knowledge and a mitt-full of fantastic photographs of your trip.

The Photography Workshops

There are really two versions of the workshops. The first is one you can take while still on board the ship. This version of the workshop hosts 20 passengers at a time, which is a good number for our photo pro to give everyone the attention they need. These on-board sessions take the form of lectures and workshops and will introduce you to your equipment and the theories behind how to take a better picture.

The second version of workshop is held during excursions. These land-based sessions are for up to 14 passengers at a time. These workshops are more practical, your photo pro helping you to adjust to real-life situations such as falling snow, dim light, moving wildlife, and so on.

Do you have to bring equipment?

You do indeed have to bring your own equipment – you’ll soon find that choices in photography equipment are very much based on personal preference, and there’s no way we could accommodate everyone’s tastes.

You can bring more than just basic cameras if you choose, but keep in mind you have to be able to carry the gear and it has to fit safely on board a Zodiac for trips to the shore. You should at the very least bring a waterproof bag to carry your camera in – Zodiac trips tend to splash. If you have any questions at all about whether your equipment is appropriate for one of our cruises please call us at +1 800 453 7245 or send us a note via our contact page and we’d be happy to help you get sorted out.

Are photography workshops included in the cruise price or are they supplemental?

A photography workshop is covered by the overall cost in one of our Basecamp cruises. These basecamp workshops are very beginner-friendly, but still have plenty to offer those who have a few photo albums under their belt.

The other cruises do require an extra cost, and you should book your spot in the workshop with our reservations department preferably 3 months prior to your departure (our photography pros are in demand so we need to book their time well in advance).


Explore the Arctic and Antarctic coastline in a kayak.

One of the best things about a polar voyage is that you’re never done exploring. Even if you think you have walked every shore, climbed every mountain, and spotted every penguin (or polar bear), there is still a whole other world to explore on the water.Polar kayaking is a great way to tour the blue-and-white beauty of the polar seas up close, visiting stunning ice formations and waterways too small for our ships to enter.

Do you need to be an experienced kayaker?

The amount of experience we require depends on the cruise you choose. If you have no experience at all, we suggest one of our Basecamp voyages, where we will happily introduce even the most inexperienced kayakers to this wonderful outdoor sport.The toughest part of kayaking in gentle waters is usually getting into the kayak itself. After that, you just have to keep a steady rhythm with your paddles.Some of our cruises require that you have more kayaking experience because they involve longer kayak excursions. These excursions expose you to water that might not be as gentle as a sheltered bay, and you stand more of a chance of encountering rougher weather conditions.You will not need to be able to do a kayak roll, but you should be able to demonstrate that you’re comfortable in a sea kayak. On these non-Basecamp excursions, our guides reserve the right to refuse you access to a kayak if it is clear you don’t have the necessary experience. This is for your safety as well as theirs.

How physically fit do you need to be?

You will want to be in decent physical shape and possess a good sense of balance. Kayaking can be demanding on your core and arm muscles.If you’re not sure if you are quite ready for kayaking, please do not hesitate to check out our kayaking FAQ or simply contact us. We would be happy to explain more about the activity and help you with any additional questions you might have.

How many times can you go kayaking?

On basecamp trips, we aim for each guest to kayak once. On regular voyages, we aim for four to six excursions per passenger who has booked the supplement. Our kayaking activity is always determined by weather and water conditions, since your safety is our primary concern.

Is polar kayaking safe?

All of our kayaking outings are led by certified and experienced guides, but you must always take caution when kayaking in the polar regions.

We will provide you with suitable outer clothing for kayaking. Kayak excursions are limited to 14 passengers per kayak guide. This number lets our guides keep track of everyone and make sure our guests are having a good time.

One guide stays with the group in a support kayak, while a safety boat follows in case of emergencies. All guides will try to scale excursions to the skill level of the group.

Do I have to bring my own kayaking equipment?

We will provide the following items:

  • Seven double-seat sea kayaks on Plancius & Ortelius
  • 14 double-seat sea kayaks on Hondius & Janssonius
  • Paddles with anti-drip rings
  • Basic (4 mm neoprene) wetsuits in different sizes
  • Kayak spray cover
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket (cagoule)
  • Life jacket / kayak vest
  • Neoprene boots

Please bring the following gear:

  • thermal underwear, bottom and top (for under the wetsuit)
  • fleece jacket or vest to wear over your thermal underwear
  • gloves (insulated ski or snowboard gloves with grip or neoprene watersport gloves)
  • waterproof bag (if you are bringing a camera or binoculars)
  • fleece hat
  • turtleneck or neck gaiter
  • thick socks
  • sunglasses
  • sunblock

Avoid bringing cloth clothing like T-shirts or jeans. Once it gets wet (from water or sweat), it will stay wet for a long time – not a comfortable experience in polar weather!

What will I see while kayaking?

You’ll see rugged shorelines sloping up into snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches, and icebergs that turn the water beneath you a brilliant blue. You may also see some local wildlife, which the peaceful nature of kayaking makes even better.


Snowshoeing in the Arctic and Antarctica

There really is no better way to take in a new place than by exploring it on foot. With that in mind Oceanwide Expeditions offers you the chance to explore your way inland from the Polar shorelines with a wide variety of snowshoeing expeditions built for everyone. From the casual explorer to the hard-core snowshoe-er.

Do I need to be experienced? How physically fit do I need to be?

For the basic walks you just need to be in reasonably good shape and health. The snowshoe activities last usually somewhere between 2 and 6 hours. Keep in mind that there are no paths and that you will be travelling over fairly rugged terrain and will be taking on some hills.

There are usually 1 to 3 different types of walks offered (except in the case of our sailing vessel the Noorderlicht) per landing ranging from a casual stroll to a challenging hike. In the Antarctic the longest hike takes about 2 hours while in the Arctic the longest hike can last a full day (we send you off with a packed lunch).

We do reserve the right to suggest that a passenger try another activity if it seems like they will not be able to enjoy a particular hike. This is done partly for the enjoyment of the other passengers and partly for safety concerns – if there is a health incident there is no help beyond basic first aid in the vicinity.

Our experienced guides will be able to recommend a particular hike to you based on your fitness level. If you have any questions at all about your health or skills please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we’d be more than happy to help you sort out your concerns.

Do I need to bring snowshoes?

Not at all. We’ll provide you with MSR lightweight snowshoes that easily attach to rubber boots or sturdy hiking boots. If you join us on our ships Plancius or Ortelius we also provide the rubber boots at no extra cost.However, you do want to bring clothing that is suitable for the changeable weather of the Polar Regions. Layers are your friend – you’re going to get hot as you work your way around the tundra and you’ll want to be able to shed a layer or two without losing a big percentage of your elemental protection.

With that in mind we suggest:

  • Hiking/walking poles.
  • Rubber boots that are high enough to get you from the Zodiac to the shore and have a good gripping sole for the shore landings and walks. (Boots are provided on the Plancius and Ortelius, not on the Rembrandt van Rijn and Noorderlicht).

  • A waterproof bag (especially for cameras) – you’re likely to get splashed during the Zodiac ride from the ship to the shore.
  • Straps for tying snowshoes onto your back or backpack.
  • Ankle-high sturdy hiking boots for the actual treks and for wearing snowshoes.
  • Sunblock.
  • You might want gaiters (knee-high waterproof protection) to keep your lower legs dry while hiking.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A backpack (25 litres is a good size).
  • Thin under-socks (to stop blistering) and thick over-socks. (Bring some dry spares as well.)
  • A 1-litre water-bottle.
  • Thermal under-gloves (fleece finger gloves) and warm outer-gloves or mittens (you might want a spare set of these as well).
  • A turtle-neck or neck gaiter.
  • A urine-collection bottle (regulations forbid leaving human waste behind in the Antarctic). Try looking for something like a wide-opening Nalgene bottle (they sell specialised versions for ladies at outdoor shops).
  • Thermal underwear.
  • A fleece jacket or vest.
  • A down jacket or spare fleece jacket.
  • A breathable (e.g. Gore-Tex) jacket and trousers.
  • Trekking trousers.
  • A warm fleece hat.
  • You might also want to bring along binoculars, and a Thermos bottle.

Don’t bring regular cotton clothing like t-shirts or jeans if you can avoid it because if it gets wet (either from outside moisture or sweat) it will stay wet – not a good thing in a cold environment.


Mountaineering: an exciting exploration in the Antarctic Wilderness

Looking to push yourself a little further on your Polar cruise?

Want to travel further and see more than almost anybody else? Mountaineering cruises are the thing for you.

Do I have to be in really good physical shape for mountaineering?

In terms of physical fitness you’re going to want to be in good enough shape that you’re up to the task of walking for four or more hours over fairly rugged terrain that includes hills. Most people can pick up snowshoeing almost immediately after the first hilariously fun awkward steps. So don’t worry if you don’t have prior snowshoeing experience. Guides reserve the right to refuse somebody a spot on a mountaineering trek if there are concerns about their health.

What’s the difference between mountaineering treks and regular snowshoe hikes?

Mountaineering hikes take you into glaciated areas. These areas can possibly expose you to crevasses, which require a little more caution than non-glaciated ground. As you hit more vertical climbs you’ll switch out your snowshoes with crampons (spikey boot additions) which will be supplied for you. Also, you’ll be roped together for your protection around the glacier crevasses.

How many mountaineering hikes will I get to go on?

Usually you get to choose from one of four or five half or full-day mountaineering treks per cruise. If there are spots available in a later trek you may be able to head out again. Usually there is a limit of 12 passengers per trek – this is a good number for our guides to be able to keep track of you to make sure you’re safe and having a good time. You need to pre-book your mountaineering excursion prior to your ship’s departure. The treks are booked on a first-come first-served basis. The exception is found in the basecamp voyages where one mountaineering hike is included free of charge.

Do I have to bring any mountaineering equipment?

We’re happy to supply you with:

  • snowshoes
  • crampons
  • helmets
  • harnesses
  • ice axes
  • screw-gate carabiners
  • snap links
  • mountaineering ropes
  • tape slings
  • prussic loops
  • snow shovels
  • bivouac bags
  • Thermos bottles
  • biodegradable human waste bags (it’s illegal to leave human waste behind in the Antarctic)
  • basecamp voyagers also receive rubber boots suitable for Zodiac shore landings

Here is what you want to bring:


  • gaiters
  • thin synthetic under-socks to prevent blisters
  • synthetic / woolen thin / thick long socks
  • ankle-high sturdy mountain boots that can be fitted to snowshoes and crampons

Outer layer clothing

  • down jacket
  • wind and waterproof breathable jacket with hood
  • wind and waterproof pants/salopettes (ski pants)

Thermal layer

  • synthetic / wool fleece / pile jacket / pull-on
  • synthetic/ wool fleece / pile pants / salopettes
  • fleece jacket or vest

Base layer (underwear)

  • synthetic / wool thin top (long/short sleeves / zipped)
  • synthetic / wool thin pants / long johns
  • synthetic / wool balaclava and hat
  • windproof cap with peak/ear protectors
  • sun hat , headband, face mask, neck gaiter / scarf


  • ski / mountain gloves
  • windproof over mitts
  • synthetic / wool thermal mitts/finger gloves
  • down mitts
  • thin (base layer) synthetic / wool mitts/gloves
  • mitts/gloves support (around neck)


  • facial protection
  • sun glasses / glacier glasses with sides
  • spare glasses / lenses


  • sun block, sun screen, fatty lip salve (no water)


  • toilet / hygiene kit : pee bottle (for camping and mountaineering), e.g. wide opening Nalgene bottle (there are special adaptor for ladies in outdoor shops available)


  • personal medication
  • 25 ltr rucksack
  • 1 ltr water bottle
  • waterproof bag (for camera equipment)
  • straps to tie snowshoes on backpack
  • film and memory cards
  • hiking / walking poles
  • binoculars
  • head torch (flashlight)

Do not wear cotton clothing like t-shirts or jeans. Once they get wet from sweat or outside moisture they will stay wet which can increase chances of hypothermia in sub-zero weather.

Antarctic Camping

For those craving a truly immersive polar adventure, our open-air camping activity gives you the chance to experience the Antarctic wilderness as few travelers have.

We provide the necessary camping gear, including breathable bivouac bags that are wind and waterproof and a lightweight alternative to tents. And our polar sleeping bags will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable during the enchanting Antarctic night.

All campers will be assisted and supervised by experienced expedition guides.

General information on our camping activity

  • Camping is available based on weather, site conditions, and environmental regulations.
  • Everyone can participate, no previous experience required.
  • This activity is only offered on select Hondius, Plancius, Ortelius and Janssonius voyages.
  • The maximum number of participants is limited to 30 per night.
  • All camping activities are supervised by expert field guides.
  • Basic equipment is provided by OEX (bivouac bags, mats, boots).

One camp night must be booked prior to your trip, but extra nights may be arranged on board (no waitlist). Please see our Dates & Rates for details.

Details of the Antarctic camping experience

We aim for at least one night of camping on each designated trip, but the expedition team will offer more if possible. Additional nights are determined by weather and local conditions and can only be offered when it is a possible for the vessel to stay close to shore. If the vessel has to relocate during the night, camping is not possible.

According to Antarctic Treaty and IAATO regulations, we are not allowed to take stoves, fuel, or food on shore with the exception of emergency rations, survival gear, water, and medical supplies.

The camping group will be taken to shore after dinner, and then returned to the ship before breakfast. Our camps will always be made in a place where wildlife will not be disturbed.

All campers will be equipped with a personal waterproof bag containing a sleeping mattress, synthetic sleeping bag with inner liner, and a breathable bivouac bag. Besides these personal items, other gear will also be taken to shore.

While campers are on shore, our staff will be in full radio contact with the ship at all times. Guides will also stay on shore to assist and supervise the campers. Upon departure, the campsite must be cleaned and everything returned to the ship.

Clothes to bring for camping

Please pack for the worst weather, as conditions in Antarctica can change rapidly. Below is a list of important items you must bring yourself:

  • Thermal underwear, fleece vest or jacket, and down jacket that is breathable (e.g., Gore-Tex)
  • Warm hat and turtleneck or neck gaiter
  • Thermal under-gloves, fleece finger gloves, or warm mittens
  • Thick socks with spares
  • Good UV-protectant sunglasses
  • Sun cream or sunblock
  • Flashlight or lightweight headlamp for departures in February – March

Gear we provide for camping

  • Insulated waterproof rubber boots
  • Bivouac bag (one per person) and mattress
  • Waterproof sleeping bag with cotton inner liner
  • Portable field toilet (one per group)

Special note: Cotton clothing, such as normal T-shirts and jeans, are not advisable. Cotton tends to get wet and stay wet while moving in a cold environment. We recommend thermal underwear.

Weather conditions

Exploring remote and wild regions like Antarctica requires a sensible and flexible approach. Although there can be clear skies with bright sunshine, the weather is unpredictable. Katabatic winds caused by the icecaps and glaciers can pick up suddenly and are a fierce opponent for polar travelers. Such conditions might also lead to the cancelation of planned camp nights. If local circumstances prevent us from camping on shore, we may attempt to camp on the open decks of the ship.

In order for the camping activity to take place, we must have at least 10 passengers who intend to camp. Only 30 passengers can camp at any one time, and we always assign one expedition guide per every 20 campers to assist and supervise operations.

Lastly, we do not use tents as part of our camping equipment. Tents are greatly affected by wind in Antarctica, and using them greatly reduces the weather in which we can camp.

Instead, we have found that bivouac sleeping bags offer us the best odds of being able to follow through with our camping activity. They also provide an unparalleled experience by allowing you to see and hear all that is happening around you, from the noise of penguin calls to the sound of whale blows. They also offer the best view of the beautiful Antarctic skies.


Deck 7

  • Ships office
  • Bridge
  • Safety center
  • Grand suite with private balcony

Deck 6

  • Lifeboats
  • Expeditio leader cabin
  • Captain's cabin
  • Captain's office
  • Superior cabins
  • Twin Deluxe cabins

Deck 5

  • Safety locker
  • Expedition office
  • Lecture room
  • Pantry
  • Bar stores
  • Library
  • Coffee corner
  • Observation lounge

Deck 4

  • Zodiac deck
  • Galley area
  • Dining room
  • Hand washing station
  • Staircase
  • Shop
  • Lobby
  • Reception
  • Reception office
  • Boarding area
  • Twin Window cabins

Deck 3

  • Quadruple Porthole cabins
  • Triple Porthole cabins
  • Twin Porthole cabins
  • Expedition stores
  • Zodiac boarding area
  • Infirmary 
  • Doctor's cabin

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