Shackleton's Hut, Cape Royds
An Antarctican museum for a lucky few.Shackleton had this hut built in 1908 at Cape Royds - the western tip of Ross Island - as a part of his Nimrod Expedition.
I was privileged to walk back in time with a visit to this amazing 100 year old wooden hut in 2012. Due to ongoing conservation work, the cosy interior feels like Shackleton has just stepped out for the day. This is the most homely feeling of the Ross Island huts - there are preserved foods, newspapers, beds, clothing, a photography darkroom and a gorgeous stove. Shackleton has signed a wall so bring a torch!
Outside are more articles left by the explorers including dog kennels and a car. There is also an Adelie penguin colony - thousands of birds nest near this hut each summer season.
Shackleton's Hut is only visited by extremely limited numbers of people each summer in Antarctica. This is the most difficult to visit of the three huts located on Ross Island because of its remoteness from McMurdo Station.
How do you get there?
1. Join a icebreaker tour of the Ross Sea - Quark Expeditions used to offer these tours.
2. Work at McMurdo Station and win a helicopter trip there (like I did!)
3.Work at Scott Base and take a skidoo trip there. Preferably work for the NZ Hertitage Trust to help converse the huts and their contents.
4. Be a VIP (US ambassadors, politicians etc...) visiting McMurdo Station and ask for a trip there.