A Polar Plunge on Deception Island, Antarctica

A Polar Plunge on Deception Island, Antarctica

An #active swim in a bikini may not be the first thing you think of doing in #Antarctica, but it's quite the experience! We took a #boat expedition #tour and one of our stops was to take a polar plunge into the frigid waters off Deception #Island.


Despite the chilly wind and -4 degrees Celsius temperature, I’m standing out in the open, with nothing but my bikini on. 

I’ve peeled off my parka, fleece, hat, socks and boots, and I’m bare feet on the black volcanic sand on Deception Island. Without much time to hesitate, I dive into the freezing waters hand-in-hand with my new friends. In seconds, the three of us unanimously emerge from icy water, gasping for air and laughing at our sheer foolishness.

We are swimming off a crescent-shaped bay on Deception Island, an ominous-looking islet off the Antarctic Peninsula. Because of its geographical formation, it is one of the safest harbors in Antarctica and it was used as a whaling station a few decades ago. The island is actually the caldera of an active volcano and it is said to be one of the best places to swim in Antarctica because of its hot springs. Based on my polar plunge, I doubt it’s true.

it is said to be one of the best places to swim in Antarctica

This isn’t my first polar plunge though. I’d swum in the Arctic waters of Svalbard and dived in the ice-cold glacial water of Iceland — but still, nothing prepared me for the cold. 

Thank god for the sauna on board our expedition cruise.

Thank god for the sauna on board our expedition cruise
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P.S. I unfortunately didn’t get any photo of myself swimming, but I’m guessing photos of young girls swimming in their bikini ought to do the trick.

The First Brave Soul to Enter the WaterYoung Passengers on our Boat Emerging From Their PlungeA Lonesome Gentoo Penguin on the Beach of Deception IslandDeception Island and our MS Expedition Boat in the BackgroundRemnants of the Whaling StationGravestones of Whalers who Used to Live Here
The First Brave Soul to Enter the Water
The First Brave Soul to Enter the WaterYoung Passengers on our Boat Emerging From Their PlungeA Lonesome Gentoo Penguin on the Beach of Deception IslandDeception Island and our MS Expedition Boat in the BackgroundRemnants of the Whaling StationGravestones of Whalers who Used to Live Here
Young Passengers on our Boat Emerging From Their Plunge
The First Brave Soul to Enter the WaterYoung Passengers on our Boat Emerging From Their PlungeA Lonesome Gentoo Penguin on the Beach of Deception IslandDeception Island and our MS Expedition Boat in the BackgroundRemnants of the Whaling StationGravestones of Whalers who Used to Live Here
A Lonesome Gentoo Penguin on the Beach of Deception Island
The First Brave Soul to Enter the WaterYoung Passengers on our Boat Emerging From Their PlungeA Lonesome Gentoo Penguin on the Beach of Deception IslandDeception Island and our MS Expedition Boat in the BackgroundRemnants of the Whaling StationGravestones of Whalers who Used to Live Here
Deception Island and our MS Expedition Boat in the Background
The First Brave Soul to Enter the WaterYoung Passengers on our Boat Emerging From Their PlungeA Lonesome Gentoo Penguin on the Beach of Deception IslandDeception Island and our MS Expedition Boat in the BackgroundRemnants of the Whaling StationGravestones of Whalers who Used to Live Here
Remnants of the Whaling Station
The First Brave Soul to Enter the WaterYoung Passengers on our Boat Emerging From Their PlungeA Lonesome Gentoo Penguin on the Beach of Deception IslandDeception Island and our MS Expedition Boat in the BackgroundRemnants of the Whaling StationGravestones of Whalers who Used to Live Here
Gravestones of Whalers who Used to Live Here


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