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Borchgrevink's Hut, Cape Adare

Carsten Borchgrevink's Hut, Cape Adare

This is the base associated with Carsten Borchgrevink’s British Antarctic (Southern Cross) Expedition 1898 – 1900 and later, Scott’s Northern Party expedition (1911). The site is notable not only for its role in the discovery of Antarctica but also as the only example left of humanity’s first building on any continent. Commander Carsten Borchgrevink, a young, unknown Norwegian, and his crew sailed from London on the British Antarctic (Southern Cross) Expedition 1898-1900 to be the first to explore the continent. The expedition landed at one of the most inhospitable sites on earth, Cape Adare, and set up base.


The detailed planning, including the preparation of a Conservation Plan and Implementation Plan, required to save this site and its collection of more than 1,000 artefacts, has been completed. The Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is helping fund the implementation works.  Due to its remote location, the site poses a number of logistical challenges. A four year programme of work is due to commence during the 2015 - 2016 season.

History of the British Southern Cross Expedition

Meet the crew

History of other expeditions who visited or occupied the site

List of supplies taken on the expedition

Chronology of the site 1899 - 2003

Plan of the hut layout

Go to our website dedicated to Borchgrevink's expedition

Virtual tour of Borchgrevink’s Hut by Quark Expeditions