Let The Shivers Commence: Haunted Antarctica

Caitlin Hotchkiss October 31, 2013 1

Trick or treat! We’re celebrating All Hallows’ Eve all week long here on the Looptail. Check in every day for a new tale of travel that’ll chill you to the bone.

It’s the most remote, desolate place on Earth, and undoubtedly one of the coldest as well – but did you know that Antarctica is also purportedly the most haunted place on the planet? Okay, sure, that statistic is based on how many people actually live in Antarctica (not many), but there’s no doubt that the freezing isolation would be the perfect location for paranormal activity.

Antarctica’s two prime locations for creepiness are McMurdo Station on Ross Island and Scott’s Hut at Cape Evans. Ross Island has a sad backstory to it: a sightseeing flight crashed into a mountain there in 1979, killing all 257 people on board the plane. As you might expect, the island is now super haunted by the victims of this tragedy, where their spirits wander the frozen tundra. Visitors to McMurdo Station – the United States’ settlement on Ross Island – have described an intense feeling of “wrongness” while being there. That might be because the recovered bodies from the crash were stored in McMurdo Station before they were returned to New Zealand. Brrrrrrr.

Inside Scott's Hut at Cape Evans. Photo courtesy of Sergey Tarasenko.

Inside Scott’s Hut at Cape Evans. Photo courtesy of Sergey Tarasenko.

Conversely, Scott’s Hut was built at Cape Evans in 1911 for an ultimately failed mission by the Terra Nova Expedition, and then used by the Ross Sea Party from 1915 to 1917 after their ship went adrift. There’s a cross near the cabin that this party built in memorial to three men who died near the hut, so not only do you have those ghosts to deal with, but Scott’s Hut also seems to attract spirits of explorers who perished trying to reach the South Pole. Apparently voices and footsteps have been heard in the cabin, as well as a pervading feeling of being watched.

Cross at Hut Point in memory of George Vince, a member of the Scott expedition, who died in the vicinity. Photo courtesy of Sergey Tarasenko.

Cross at Hut Point in memory of George Vince, a member of the Scott expedition, who died in the vicinity. Photo courtesy of Sergey Tarasenko.

Not literal enough for you? There are even ghost mountains – the “ghost range” has never been seen by people, as it lies under four metres of ice and has only been mapped by radar. They were created during a giant uplift in the planet’s geography about a hundred million years ago, and began to be encased in ice about 34 million years ago. Maybe not quite spooky, but definitely makes one wonder what freaky monsters might be lurking under the ice. Perhaps John Carpenter was on to something.

If you’re in the mood to explore the bottom of the world without coming face to face with The Thing, we’ve got plenty of Antarctica trips – including our popular Antarctica cruising trips on the MS Expedition. This way, you can tap in to your inner spirit of Shackleton without actually seeing the, y’know, spirit of Shackleton.

And that’s all folks! On Monday, Caitlin “Haunted” Hotchkiss brought you face-to-face with interesting places on our planet that stay creepy all year long. Tuesday featured Daniel “Scary Tree” Sendecki’s blood-curdling take on Belize. On Wednesday, Steve “Ghoulish” English captivated everyone with a yarn about the tragic tale that has come to be known as “the Galápagos Affair.” Happy Halloween everyone — see you again next year!

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  1. Veronica October 31, 2013 at 7:16 am - Reply

    At the peaks of the winter Ontario looks somewhat like Antarctica.But no worries There is nothing spooky over there(i think???)We spend the freezing cold night under heavy quilt of the furnished suites in Mac suites ,Toronto.

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