Deception Island, off of the Antarctica Peninsula, is one of those unique places where open water swimmers, those of the extremely hardened kind, and regular people can mingle and meet at the water’s edge.

While visitors enjoy the warm waters of the hot springs, the hardened open water swimmers can enjoy the much colder waters off in a safe harbor within the caldera of an active volcano.

Swimming in the 2°C (35.6°F) water has been done before.

Lewis Pugh not only calls it one of the most beautiful places he has ever been, but his swim was also a surreal catalyst to a profound desire to protect the world’s oceans. As he dove into the caldera, he was surprised how shallow it was He writes, “I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing: whale bones everywhere. Hundreds of them, jaw bones, ribs, long white spines … at times I was even touching them.”

Deception Island, with its protected 2°C shallow whale bone-filled course, is a great candidate for uniquely remarkable cold water swims on a extreme swimmer’s bucket list.
 

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