7 incredible ice destinations to visit on a superyacht
Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula
For your first ice experience
While the Mediterranean and the Caribbean have their classic charms, an increasing number of adventurous superyacht owners and charterers are looking for an alternative experience and venturing into colder climates to experience the beauty of ice. From the Antarctic Peninsula to the historically treacherous Northwest Passage, there are a variety of destinations depending on how adventurous you want to be.
To help you decide, Tim Soper from EYOS Expeditions has chosen seven of his favourite ice destinations to visit with a superyacht.
1. Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula — for your first ice experience
The entire continent of Antarctica is covered in ice, making it an obvious destination for any ice adventure. The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland and is only a short flight or a couple of days cruising from Cape Horn.
“Awe inspiring icescapes await; you will see everything from giant tabular icebergs that can be tens of miles long, to pinnacle bergs, eroded “castle” bergs or the smaller ‘Bergy Bits’ and ‘Growlers’,” says Tim. “Of course, you will also have the chance to spot seals, whales and visit penguin colonies against the backdrop of the glaciers that produce all this ice.”
Antarctica, Ross Sea
If you are prepared for a long voyage south then the Ross Sea is the most challenging and most spectacular destination in Antarctica.
“There are only a handful of yachts that can make it all the way to the Ross Sea but it is one of the ultimate cruising destinations for those up to the voyage,” says Tim.
Here in the Antarctic’s deep south it is possible to see giant Tabular icebergs, which are broken off pieces of ice that can be more than 100 miles long.
A trip to the Ross Sea will also enable you to visit the huts built by Scott and Shackleton on their quests to reach the South Pole.
Last year explorer yacht Arctic P completed the furthest voyage south ever undertaken, with the the help of EYOS expeditions. The journey set a new world record at 78° 43.034’ S just 677 nautical miles from the South Pole.
Svalbard, High Arctic
For the Northern Lights and more
Lying only 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is arguably one of best places to experience Arctic pack ice.
“Svalbard is the most accessible place to see the real High Arctic,” says Tim. “You have great chances to see polar bears and walruses and you can watch the Northern Lights in the winter time.”
A short journey from Europe gets you into pack ice and it is possible to combine a trip to Svalbard with a few days exploring the Norwegian coast or Greenland.