The polar plunge (or penguin plunge) has become a right of passage for many adventure travelers who take an Antarctica cruise
. You can find plungers taking the leap from the ship's Zodiac platforms, off an isolated ice shelf or from Antarctica's rocky shoreline. Because of its volcanic activity, Deception Island is a typical hot-spot
where the intrepid take the icy dip. But don't let the steam rising off Deception's shoreline fool you; the water is freezing. The island certainly lives up to its name.
This video captures one of the "cool kids" taking the leap. What this video doesn't capture is the curious Minke whale who showed up in the pool just as the next traveler made the plunge. Whale and traveler were equally awe-struck & unscathed.
Take the leap for yourself on an Antarctica cruise