“Run!” My expedition leader shouts.
There’s no turning back.
Despite the heavy snow, I’ve peeled off my parka, fleece, gore-tex, hat, socks and boots. Within seconds, my feet is numb and my hair is standing. In nothing more than my bikini, I race my fellow expedition mates towards the freezing waters. In the icy sea, an adrenaline charges through my body like an electric current, while needles seemingly pierce through my skin. As I emerge from the water surface, I feel my lungs pumping harder than usual to breathe and a numbing sensation spreading through my body.
The Polar Dip
Along the bay of the picturesque Magadalenefjord in the Arctic, I’ve put my endurance to the test. While the experience was energizing, the after-effects are clearly less exciting. Thank god for the sauna onboard our expedition cruise.
We’d spent the past week cruising through the Arctic, exploring the fjords, glaciers and ice fields around the archipelago of Svalbard. The journey had been nothing short of epic. Having bagged so many once-in-a-lifetime sights and weaved so much unforgettable memories, I’d thought it right to celebrate with a dip in the Arctic water.
While the photos don’t really do it justice, trust me, this was definitely one of the craziest things I’ve done in life. I’ll let these shots send some chills your way, brrrr….
I traveled with Gap Adventures on their Realm of the Polar Bear trip (Trip Code: XVRPNX). All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Read more about my travels in the Arctic here or follow me on Twitter with the #gadvand #WIR hashtags.