White Desert Antarctica launch ‘Echo’: a new camp inspired by astronauts and used by explorers

Date: 29 Mar 2022

Silvia Ricciardi

Pioneers of luxury travel in Antarctica, White Desert announce the details of ‘Echo’, their new camp which will be launching in November 2022.

White Desert, established by record-breaking polar explorer duo Patrick and Robyn Woodhead in 2005, being the pioneers of luxury travel in Antarctica, announce the details of their new camp, Echo, which will be launching in November 2022.

Being the land of snow and ice, Antarctica provides an alluring backdrop for its guests. Inspired by the seminal age of Space exploration, Echo will provide exclusive access to the rarely seen interior of the Continent. The stylish, modern new eco-camp will feature six heated, cutting-edge bedroom ‘sky pods’, complete with expansive floor to ceiling windows commanding views of the dramatic landscape beyond.

Crafted from composite fiberglass, each of the space-inspired sky pods will be designed for two guests, with interiors featuring retro space-age detailing and luxurious furnishings. The camp will also offer a central lounge area, dining and heated shower pods. Original photos taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by former Commander, White Desert guest and retired astronaut, colonel Terry Virts will be featured in each pod. Commenting on the Echo landscape, Terry Virts is firm in saying that “these mountains are the most beautiful I have seen across Earth, Venus and Mars.” 

As with all their camps, White Desert have designed Echo to be dismantled without a trace, leaving no more than a transitory impact on Antarctica. Futuristic in design, Echo has been created especially for clients who have travelled the globe in style and understand the privilege of effecting positive change through travel.

Perfect for exclusive use groups, Echo caters for up to 12 guests. Echo allows guests to combine an ultra-luxury experience with a once in lifetime adventure. An experienced team of chefs, hosts and expert guides allows guests to relax or explore at their leisure. Guests of Echo will step from the plane and be escorted to a private lounge where a martini, shaken with 10,000 year old ice, will be waiting. Guests will have access to all White Desert activities, which include fat biking, skiing, skidooing and 4×4 Arctic Truck driving as well as expertly guided hiking, ice-climbing and mountaineering. Antarctic interior highlights such as visiting Atka Bay to see the 28,000 strong Emperor Penguin colony or a bucket-list journey to the South Pole are also on offer.

Prices start from $780,000 for an exclusive group of 12 pax or $65,000pp for FIT guests for a 5-day tour and includes return flights & transfers from Cape Town to Antarctica, all accommodation, food & beverages and activities around camp. White Desert Antarctica have pledged to use $1,000 per person per trip on their conservation, community and sustainability initiatives. For more information visit

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