Photo Credit: John Dalkin

With winter residents to the continent few and far between and largely confined to their research stations, and temporary summer visitors numbering at just a few thousand, it is no surprise that Antarctica holidays and festivals are sparse. Entertainment here is centered around the cruise ships, with passengers mixing and mingling with fellow shipmates.

One exception to this is the Antarctic Polar Plunge, commonly held in Deception Bay, but possible at just about any secure ice flow. This unusual event sees visitors brave the below-freezing Antarctic waters, which are among the coldest in the world. These quick dips usually last only a few seconds, with the best way to warm up a steamy onboard sauna.

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