In 1908, explorer Ernest Shackleton set off to reach the South Pole. He and his team reached Cape Royds, Ross Island, in January, and were forced to spend an entire winter there, waiting for the weather to clear. While they were there, they built this hut, which is still standing to this day.
The party slept in reindeer sleeping bags, and endured formidable conditions, miles from possible rescue, with relatively high spirits. In October, the Great Southern Journey began, but they were forced to stop 156km from the pole, not quite there but further than anyone had been at that point.
Much of the interior of the hut remained as they left it, with iron pots on a wood stove, medicine bottles and canned food on the shelves. And recent investment and conservation efforts have returned it even closer to the way it was. It’s a bit of a trek to get to, but talk about atmospheric. RM