Antarctica Adrenaline Ice Swimming Adventure

Antarctic Peninsula

Looking for excitement? A true Antarctic adventure? Join this unique adventure voyage with Ice Swimming event, an included kayak excursion for all guests, extended stays onshore and extra camping options. This unique voyage has NO SET ITINERARY, and we will allow the rhythms of the ice, sea and weather to lead us to adventure! With 12 days available we have many landing opportunities to see wildlife and zodiac cruising past amazing landscapes. Aside from the swim event we have hiking and zodiac sightseeing, options for sea kayaking, camping, snow-shoeing and photography sessions

  • Ice Swimming event – 50m, 200m, 500m, 1km - participate or cheer on!
  • Meet fellow Frozen ones on an epic adventure
  • In-depth, Antarctic expedition with six days of landings
  • Wildlife encounters with penguins, seals and whales
  • Antarctica’s majestic mountains, ice and scenery
  • Educational program from onboard specialists
  • Kayaking excursion included
  • Options for camping, snow-shoeing and photography

ICE SWIMMING ADVENTURES

Join an amazing adventure into Polar Waters or anywhere where there is ICE. Uncharted frozen seas and land are calling us. Anyone is welcome, but the focus is on Ice Swimming and exploring. You will be looked after by the Founder of Ice Swimming [Ram Barkai] and a team of experienced expedition leaders, doctors, and amazing people like yourself. Swimming can be anything from a polar dip to a 1km, you chose. Family, friends, and supporters are welcome. It’s a team adventure that will change your life forever.

We are thrilled to present this next Ice Swimming Adventure in the icy waters of Antarctica! This expedition is equally suitable for swim participants as well as a brilliant adventure holiday for friends or supporters. We sail on a purpose-built, ice-class expedition vessel to experience the majesty and wonder of Earth's last frontier up close and personal. The ship enables us to get closer to nature, with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft and a team of experienced expert expedition guides. This unique voyage is specially designed for those seeking adventure on Antarctica, with extra camping options, snowshoeing excursions and a kayaking excursion included for all guests.

We will delve into the inlets and bays of the Antarctic Peninsula, entering the famous Gerlache Strait, where glittering ice cliffs and precipitous peaks rise straight out of the frigid water. Icebergs, glaciers, mountains and rugged snowfields characterise this wildly beautiful alien landscape. Our skilled Captain and Expedition Leader will work hard to maximise opportunities to explore the White Continent. This unique thrill-seeker's voyage offers a complimentary kayak excursion to all guests, as well as extended stays on shore to allow longer showshoeing excursions. This thrill-seekers expedition will also offer extra camping opportunities, allowing guests to test themselves like the explorers of old. Shore landings and Zodiac safaris will allow us to experience penguin colonies, historical sites and breathtaking glaciers, while our knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team will offer a selection of specially crafted lectures to inform your matchless expedition experience.

Crafted to ensure you can experience all the thrills Antarctica offers, this voyage offers a unique experience for the brave few!

Early Booking Prices

Prices shown are 20%-reduced early booking rates valid until 31 May 2024

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Mar 16 2024
 
Expedition staff are very helpful
Mar 15 2024
 
Excellent service from all staff without exception. Everything was explained in detail. Staff went out of their way to assist whenever they could. The boat was very comfortable. We loved all the zodiac expeditions and the chance to kayak. A fabulous experience that is difficult to convey in words.
Mar 15 2024
 
Very good organization and very professional in all activities, I really recommend
Mar 15 2024
 
I can do it every year...

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Adventure in Antarctica with Ice Swimming!

Overview

Looking for excitement? A true Antarctic adventure? Join this unique adventure voyage with Ice Swimming event, an included kayak excursion for all guests, extended stays onshore and extra camping options. This unique voyage has NO SET ITINERARY, and we will allow the rhythms of the ice, sea and weather to lead us to adventure! With 12 days available we have many landing opportunities to see wildlife and zodiac cruising past amazing landscapes. Aside from the swim event we have hiking and zodiac sightseeing, options for sea kayaking, camping, snow-shoeing and photography sessions.
- Day by Day Itinerary - DAY 1 - ARRIVAL USHUAIA, EMBARKATION Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost city. Explore this vibrant city, or stretch your legs in the surrounding forests. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path into the raw nature of Patagonia. The island of Tierra del Fuego is a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and rich boggy wetlands. In the afternoon, we board our vessel, waiting to welcome us in port. After our mandatory safety drill, our expedition begins as we navigate through the calm waters of the famous Beagle Channel (named for Charles Darwin's ship). This steep-sided strait divides southern Tierra del Fuego between Chile and Argentina, and has been the jumping-off point for thousands of expeditions into the unknown. Watch out for whales and dolphins as we sail off the edge of the map into the tempestuous Drake Passage. DAY 2-3 - AT SEA - CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE SOUTHBOUND Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - the body of water separating Patagonia and the Antarctic Peninsula. The Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, nicknamed the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest comfortably aboard our expedition vessels, which are purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and manned by a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement - and you will complete the crossing twice! Our days in the Drake Passage will be put to good use preparing for our arrival in Antarctica - your Expedition Leader will brief you comprehensively on how to stay safe and minimise your impact on this precious wilderness, as well as briefing you thoroughly on our plans for our time spent exploring, including hints and tips for wildlife watching. The dedicated Expedition Team will assist you to biosecure your clothing and equipment (a vital process to protect Antarctica's delicate ecology), as well as sharing tailored lectures on Antarctic exploration history, wildlife, geology, glaciology and more! We will cross into the Antarctic Convergence on the third day of our voyage - watch the mercury plummet as we sail southwards into Antarctic waters, an abrupt cooling that marks the intersection of Antarctic waters with the warmer waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. As the sea cools, wildlife multiplies; these are some of the most biologically productive water on Earth, so expect to see petrels, albatrosses and potentially penguins, seals and whales in abundance. Weather permitting, we may be able to make landfall in the South Shetland Islands (a small but spectacular archipelago to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula) on the afternoon of our second day in the Drake Passage, marking the start of our exploration on the Last Continent. DAYS 4-9 - EXPLORING THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA With no set itinerary in Antarctica, this voyage offers adventurous travellers the chance to experience Antarctica as it was meant to be - flowing with the wind, sea and ice, and taking the best opportunities Mother Nature provides. This voyage departs in the first half of the brief Antarctic summer, when sea ice is at its maximum - this offers us ample opportunities to explore in the icy wilderness of the last continent. Our exact route will be subject to careful planning by the Expedition Leader and Captain - however we will aim to visit a range of sites which showcase the best of this staggeringly beautiful region. -- ANTARCTIC ICE SWIM -- During our time in Antarctica the expedition team will look for suitable conditions and location for our Antarctic Ice Swimming adventure. Restricted to experienced, cold-water swimmers*, this will test the resolve and endurance of our brave participants - and is certain to be a thrilling spectator event for all passengers! There will be recognised 250m, 500m, 1 km according to International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) rules. 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. 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 record books. Spectators will be able to observe from the ship, Zodiacs and kayaks, or from ashore. - ANTARCTIC HIGHLIGHTS - Marvel at the massive icebergs and vast glaciers on a complimentary kayak excursion in Paradise Bay. Be moved by penguins tenderly caring for their precious eggs, and fiercely defending their nests on Cuverville Island. Watch cataracts of ice tumble into clear blue ocean on a snowshoe hike over the active glaciers of Neko Harbour. Experience the Antarctica of old at historic huts such as Damoy Point, lovingly restored and open to all. Awake to the icy wind and the bray of penguins during one of this voyage's several camping options. Feel the spray of water from the blow of a humpback whale on a Zodiac safari in Wilhelmina Bay. Wonder at awe-inspiring scenery on a ship cruise through the Lemaire Channel. Watch city-sized tabular icebergs drift silently past the ship in the Antarctic Sound. Wherever we go on the Antarctic Peninsula, endemic wildlife, tantalising history and breathtaking natural beauty abound. - WILDLIFE - This time of year, expect to see penguins carefully constructing their pebble nests and fiercely defending their precious eggs from hungry skuas and Giant Petrels. The start of the Antarctic summer also sees the return of groups of humpback whales - these ocean wanderers come to Antarctica to feed on the abundant krill this time of year. With luck, we may even see the young of these gentle giants. - FLEXIBILITY - There is no set itinerary on this trip, which allows our staff onboard to maximize the experience for all onboard. Aside from the regular landings there are opportunities for kayaking, snow-shoeing, camping ashore and also photography workshops. Whilst our suggestions above are just possible routes and landings, we can be sure that this will be the ultimate, adrenaline-fuelled experience on the White Continent! DAY 10-11 - AT SEA - CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE NORTHBOUND We eventually depart Antarctica, and spend two days at sea on our way northwards back across the infamous Drake Passage towards the more welcoming shores of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board to provide our guests with the chance to reflect on their voyage. Relax with an expertly crafted cocktail in the Nordic Bar in the company of new friends, soak up the knowledge and passion of our Expedition Team during lectures in the Shackleton Lounge, or simply enjoy the flight of the albatross which accompany us northwards. An award ceremony will also be held to commemorate the brave achievements of our ice swimmers. During your last evening onboard, join the Captain and Officers for the Farewell Cocktail Party, followed by a presentation of photos and video by our onboard photographer - the ideal opportunity to re-live your Antarctic adventure. Cheers! DAY 12 - ARRIVAL IN USHUAIA AND DISEMBARKATION On the morning of the final day of our voyage, we will arrive back at the pier of Ushuaia, Argentina. Trees, grass and a busy city may seem strange to you after the white wilderness of Antarctica! After a hearty breakfast, it is time to bid a fond farewell to the Crew and Expedition Team, and descend the gangway back to dry land with memories of the voyage of a lifetime. Note about the itinerary and safety: Please keep in mind, the itinerary and outdoor activities during each voyage are solely dependent on weather and operational conditions to ensure the safety and quality of experience of our guests. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings. The right is reserved to modify the landings and locations visited during a voyage based on weather and local conditions and climate to ensure a safe and delightful experience for all guests and staff. The trip is expeditionary in nature, and thus changes to timings are expected due to the environment we operate in as well as wildlife opportunities and locations. Participants in the Antarctic Ice 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.

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M/V OCEAN ALBATROS

Ocean Albatros

The brand-new luxury infinity vessel Ocean Albatros is one of the most modern small ship vessels in the world. This stylish cruise ship is ideally suited to small-ship expeditions, with a total of 93 comfortable cabins for guests, all with a view of the ocean, 90% with a balcony, even a suite with a French balcony! Ocean Albatros is deployed and dedicated to varied Arctic and Antarctica voyages. With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, this is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to her sturdy construction and X-BOW® – Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves, and a Solas 2012 classification, which facilitates a safe return to port. Part of a brand new generation of low energy vessels, with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption, the vessel is also environmentally friendly onboard, with the implementation of the Green Initiative Program. Amenities onboard include a Nordic Bar Lounge, Ocean Shop, various restaurants, including an open deck dining facility, and a highly new and modern lecture lounge.

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Included
  • Expedition Cruise with full board - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Embarkation shuttle transfer to the vessel from Ushuaia city centre
  • Shuttle transfer after disembarkation from the ship to Ushuaia city centre or airport
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions, as per itinerary, guided by our Expedition Team
  • One complimentary kayak excursion per guest
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots loan scheme
  • Briefings and lectures by our Expedition Leader and Team
  • English-speaking Expedition Team
  • Special Guidance from IISA swim leaders and doctor
Excluded
  • Extra excursions or activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 16 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses such as bar, laundry, internet/phone costs
  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
Deposit Reservations require a 25% deposit at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Balances are due 90 days prior to departure and can be paid by bank transfer. Balance payments may be made by credit card however subject to a 2% surcharge. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refundable less an administration fee of minimum USD 1,000 per person. Cancellations received From 179 days to 91 days prior to departure 25% of the total cruise tariff. From 90 days until departure: 100% of the total cruise tariff. 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. Single occupancy is available in dedicated category G sole use cabins or by supplement. Booking Terms Please read carefully the general Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Albatros Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Personal information forms will be required to be completed, as well as separate waiver and information forms for swim participants. More information will be sent to you at the time of booking.
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