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  • Cheer on at the inugural Antarctic ICE KM Swim!
    Cheer on at the inugural Antarctic ICE KM Swim!
  • The 1km swim event is for experienced ice swimmers only
    The 1km swim event is for experienced ice swimmers only
  • Cruise to incredible Antarctica
    Cruise to incredible Antarctica
  • Witness Antarctic wildlife
    Witness Antarctic wildlife
  • Go on Zodiac excursions ashore and among the ice
    Go on Zodiac excursions ashore and among the ice
  • Experience the thrill of camping a night in Antarctica!
    Experience the thrill of camping a night in Antarctica!
  • Optional kayaking excursions available
    Optional kayaking excursions available
  • Optional skiing and mountaineering excursions
    Optional skiing and mountaineering excursions
  • Marvel at the Antarctic Ice!
    Marvel at the Antarctic Ice!

Antarctica ICE Swim

This exceptional small-ship Antarctic expedition will explore remote coastlines from south of the Lemaire Channel to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel in the outdoors. A First-Ever for 2018 will be the Inaugural Antarctic International Ice Swimming Association (“IISA”) ICE KM Swim Event, a special and official 1km recorded ICE swim event in the icy waters off the Antarctic mainland. This expedition is equally open for swim participants and friends or supporters.

Book before 31 Oct

BOOK EARLY! Above prices apply only if deposited before 31 October 2017 – after this date all prices will increase by $1000. 

  • Enjoy an in-depth, Antarctic expedition with seven days of landings.
  • Inaugural Antarctic 1km Ice Swim event (12-16 swimmers) – participate, support or cheer on!
  • Variety of adventure options including camping, kayaking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and photography excursions.
  • Close-up encounters with wildlife - penguins, seals and whales
  • Antarctica’s majestic mountains, ice and scenery
  • Educational program from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Fast, powerful and ice strengthened vessel

Join us in the Ice!

The Antarctic is literally coming alive early in the summer, when the landscapes are still snow-covered and waterways ice-filled. Millions of penguins are returning to breed and it is an especially favourite time for experienced staff members, many of whom have visited the southern region a hundred times or more and are still astonished by Antarctica’s pristine beauty and wildlife. In addition to the first ever swim event, other adventure options include camping out on the ice amidst the polar landscape, sea kayaking (with or without overnight camping), high alpine ski touring, snowshoeing as well as all regular landings with walking, hiking and zodiac cruising


Ram Barkai

Founder and Chair of the International Ice Swimming Association (“IISA”). Swimming Expedition Leader and Race Director.

Ram is a veteran extreme cold water swimmer. Ram swam in Antarctica in 2008 with his Guinness World Record Swim and in 2014 at -1C with his South African team. Ram has initiated and overseen many Ice Swimming events and adventures. Ram has 9 Ice Miles and many more 1km Ice Swims and longer cold water swims. He swam in the Arctic and Antarctica, Cape Horn, Magellan strait and Beagle channel, Northern Iceland, Scotland and Ireland, Across the Bering Strait and in Siberia mid-winter at -33c air temp. Ram featured in various Discovery, History channel, CNN, Al Jazeera and many other documentaries.

Dr Sean Gottschalk

Expedition Doctor, Specialist Emergency Physician

Dr Sean has extensive experience in swimming expeditions. He supervised many cold-water swimming events, various Ice Swimming Events and expeditions including Lewis Pugh Everest Swim, IISA SA Lesotho Mountains, Mad Swimmers High Altitude Cold Swim in Chile. He specialized in Trauma, Hypothermia and recovery.

DAY 1: USHUAIA Arrive independently to Ushuaia*, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina. Board the vessel this afternoon and become familiar with your home for the next 13 days. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage and charting a course through the Beagle Channel. We cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us! *We do recommend flying in to Ushuaia at least one day early – please contact us for a variety of land extension arrangements in Argentina and/or Chile. DAYS 2-3: DRAKE PASSAGE Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard, as our numerous Polar experts and educational professionals prepare us for our adventures with presentations and courses on everything Antarctic, from wildlife and history, to first aid and snow safety. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea. DAYS 4-10: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs to incorporate our expedition goals and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin. Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, we find ourselves delving into our expedition field photography program as well as our hiking, snow shoeing, sea kayaking, and ski touring. Using the weather as our guide, we endeavour to extend ourselves well beyond the standard limits of expedition cruising itineraries! ANTARCTIC ICE SWIM! During our time in Antarctica the expedition team will look for a suitable location and weather conditions for the inaugural Antarctic ICE KM Swim*. Restricted to experienced, Ice-Swimmers, this first-of-a-kind event will test the resolve and endurance of extreme brave participants - and is certain to be a thrilling spectator event for all passengers! The exact course will depend on local conditions but is planned to be an open-water swim in a protected bay, concluding ashore at a recovery tent. This will be a recognised 1 km swim according to International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) ICE KM Swim rules. Each swimmer will be accompanied by a Zodiac with expedition and medical staff and will be filmed and timed by expert IISA officials and enter world record books. Spectators will be able to observe from the ship, other Zodiacs and kayaks, or from ashore. OTHER ADVENTURE OPTIONS With a flexible hospitality team, we spend maximum time onshore in our chosen environment to meet everybody’s expeditionary goals. At a suitable point along the Peninsula we plan to launch our overnight kayaking experience. After packing the kayaks with the necessary gear for our adventure we leave the ship and paddle into our chosen destination. Once we land we expect to spend about 2/3 hours stretching our legs and exploring. Some may ascend to a walk-able summit to take in the views, and massive icebergs in every direction. We also look for a possible campsite and assemble our tents for the wonderful experience of overnight kayak camping in Antarctica. Specifics for the ski touring program will depend on weather and avalanche safety. With our focus on the experience rather than the number of penguins we see, we have the flexibility to take our time to launch our outdoor pursuits in the right area for the required length of duration. We envisage the ability to offer a couple of ski touring options throughout the time in Antarctica. DAYS 11-12: DRAKE PASSAGE As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the incredible experiences of the last few days. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound ‘field photography’ skills and learning more from our onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Relive the some of the exciting events of the voyage such as the ice swim with screenings of videos and picture shows. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special farewell dinner. DAY 13: USHUAIA In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. Notes about the itinerary and safety: As with all voyages, safety is the top priority. For that reason, weather, ice or other conditions may require us to change the itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploration. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment. *Participants in the Antarctic ICE KM Swim do so under the strict condition that the expedition team or doctor may end any individual’s swim early or prevent the event entirely if there are any safety concerns or if the weather conditions are deemed unsuitable.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Akademik Ioffe

Designed for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe, also known as the One Ocean Navigator is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.  Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in our dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, sauna and plunge pool.

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Date Selected: 7th Nov 2018

Adult (1) US$7750
Sub total US$7750

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (3-star) Buenos Aires, the elegant Capital of Argentina, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. The Tango ambience can still be felt here, from the outdoor performances in San Telmo or La Boca to the evening shows in glitzy theatres. This 4 day/3 night stopover includes 3-star accommodation with breakfast, return airport transfers, a tour of the city and an evening dinner and Tango show at one of the famed Tango houses. Note: Itinerary can be customised and based on higher-standard hotels on request. *Prices are per person share twin (contact us for single or triple prices) and are subject to change and surcharge for Christmas/New Year. US$450
Kayaking Antarctica Imagine the swish of water is it passes your hull, or the clack of brash ice against your paddle blade. Sea kayaking in polar regions allows you to experience a new side of this magnificent destination. Even the smallest piece of brash ice requires a navigation decision that you as skipper of your own little boat will be required to make. Bumping through the ice, gliding across a glassy bay with the mountains and glaciers reflected in the water, or close encounters with wildlife are experiences shared by sea kayakers. Our highly experienced guides spend more time paddling in cold water then they do in warm waters. With a combined role of safety and interpretation, they will guide and introduce you to a slower paced, quieter environment. Kayak excursions will be offered in conjunction with the Zodiac excursions whenever weather conditions permit. The Kayak Guides and Adventure Concierges will help to explain the choices of activities at each landing site and provide some suggestions on what to participate in, based on your own interests.  US$795
Ski Touring Ski Touring – pre-booked option, fee of US$750. Back country experience essential and participation in this option is dependent upon Ski Touring Guide approval onboard. Gear is not provided. Please review our required gear list prior to departure. Maximum number of clients is 12, minimum 6. US$750
Ushuaia 3-day stopover (3-star) Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world is a colourful port, situated on the shores of the Beagle Channel in a bay of incredible beauty. Your stopover pre or post cruise, includes 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, one way transfer airport/hotel or vice versa and a tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park with a ride on ‘The Train at the End of the World’. Cost shown per person Twin share (contact us for single or triple pricing) and based on 3-star hotel accommodation (contact us for other standards). Price subject to change due to availability or seasonal rates. US$370

Essential Information

Bookings All booking enquiries and payments are made to Expeditions Online via this website, by phone or email. However, any specific swimming-related questions are to be directed to the International Ice Swimming Association. Payments Reservations prior to 31 October 2017 require a 10% deposit at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. On or after 31 October deposit totalling 20% is due. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and can be paid by bank transfer. Balance payments may be made by credit card subject to a 2% surcharge. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 120 days or more prior to departure = loss of deposit. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. Insurance Adequate trip cancellation insurance is required for this expedition, including emergency medical evacuation coverage. Pricing, Sharing and Single Occupancy Prices shown are per person on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.5 times the twin share rate (not available in the Triple category), or 2 times the rate for Suites. Optional Extras:
  • Antarctic Ice Swim – free of charge
  • Kayaking - $795
  • Ski Touring - $750
  • Camping - free of charge
  • Expedition Field Photography - $50
  • Expedition Snowshoeing - $50
Additional Terms, Conditions and Requirements You travel under the general Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online as well as the ship operator. Personal information forms will be required to be completed, as well as separate waiver and information forms for participants in optional activities such as swimming, kayaking or skiing. More information will be sent to you at the time of booking.


  • Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of onboard expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and guided hikes/walks.
  • Expert supervision and guidance for all adventure option activities, such as kayaking, skiing or the Antarctic Ice Swim.
  • Educational presentations and leadership by experienced expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff.
  • Access to on-board multimedia room and download stations
  • An emergency-trained English speaking physician
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.


  • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post land arrangements.
  • Transfers to the vessel.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All items of a personal nature such as additional purchases onboard in the gift shop, laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication/internet or email charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).