The Huts – The Ross Sea

The Ross Sea is one of the most geographically remote, indescribably beautiful and historically interesting places on earth. And with 3.6 million square kilometres (1.9m square miles) of protected ocean, that some 16 000 species call home, it is also the world’s largest marine reserve.

This marine reserve, also called ‘The Last Ocean’, lies 200 miles (320 km) from the South Pole, south of New Zealand and deep in the Southern (or Antarctic Ocean). While it has been host to only a paltry number of humans (historic, scientific and tourist), it is where vast plankton and krill blooms become the pantry for huge numbers of penguins, orcas, whales, seals and fish, and where a plethora of seabirds have their nesting grounds, such as Snow Petrels, Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, Antarctic Prions and South Polar Skuas.

Historically, the area takes its name from Sir James Clark Ross who discovered it in 1842, and it is where Captain Robert Scott’s infamous 1901-04 expedition was launched – the expedition credited with starting the ‘Race to the Pole’ – luring polar explorers in search of notoriety, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Nobu Shirase and Roald Amundsen onto its icy crests. Many of the relics of this ‘Heroic Age’ of polar exploration, including some huts are still standing, and stepping inside one is like travelling through a time warp, especially as the spectacular landscape surrounding them remains unchanged in 100 years.

An expedition to the Ross Sea is not for feint-hearted. The ocean crossing is long, and rough but the journey is worth it: you will step back in time visiting historic huts and sites, explore penguin rookeries, get a visceral understanding of glacial ice tongues, ice shelves, ice bergs and sea ice, photograph seabirds, seals and whales, and be mesmerised by ancient landscapes.

Join us and our specially selected ship operator, on a voyage of discovery, to a part of the world only the bravest (and really dedicated) have ventured.

Angie's expert insight

If you are a polar history nut like me, The Huts are a must. They are frozen in time. Entering one, you step back into the pages of history and can still feel the presence of Shackleton and Scott.
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