As we paddled beside icebergs surrounded by calving glaciers on the icy blue waters of Paradise bay in Antarctica, I thought to myself, how will I ever top this day?

We had spent the morning paddling through thick brash ice to make our way out to the calm waters of  Neko Harbour. It was thrilling and exhilarating and by far our best day of paddling yet on our Quark Expeditions tour to Antarctica. We then visited more gentoo and chinstrap penguins on shore before heading back to the ship for one of the most exciting yet ridiculous moments of our life.

The Polar Plunge.

The sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day as we stood on deck in our bathing suits waiting to jump into the icy waters of Antarctica. Our adrenaline was pumping after that sub zero dip as we warmed up under the sun in the hot tub on the lido deck of the Sea Spirit.

Read more about our Polar Plunge at a Leap of Faith in Antarctica. 

We had already fulfilled a lifelong dream in just a few hours this morning, but now we were back in our kayaks paddling through the most awe-inspiring landscape we have ever witnessed on earth. Being so close to the water and wildlife made us feel almost non-existent as we looked up at the giant sea cliffs jutting from the water with thick blue glaciers clinging to their sides.

We sat in silence taking in the views.

Today our paddling was relaxed. Everyone took their strokes with ease and stopped often to ponder the view.

Weddell seals slept on ice flows and we felt as relaxed and content as they did laying in their slumber without a care in the world.


The blues of Paradise Bay, Antarctica

I had never witnessed so many shades of blue and I couldn’t comprehend the beauty around me. The glaciers felt  alive as they gave off deep rumbles when giant chunks of ice plunged towards the water. I was in heaven and knew what absolute bliss felt like.

We spent 3 hours in heaven that afternoon and the day was still far from over.

Tonight, we are camping on the continent of Antarctica. It’s the adventure of a lifetime and the perfect ending to the perfect day.

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Our Bivy Sac for the night

Our day at Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay will go down as the best day of our lives.  What made it even more special is that we shared it with the one we love. We don’t know what we did to become so lucky but one thing we do know is that we never stopped reaching for our dreams. We are so glad that we kept searching to find our passion and we know that if we can make our dreams come true after all those years of trying, anyone can to.


The scenery at Neko Harbour was spectacular

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  1. John

    Wow the photo of Paradise Bay looks absolutely incredible. I love the name of the place – it’s certainly not paradise in the traditional sense, but it looks like you found a little slice of paradise there.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks John. So true, when we think of Paradise, we normally think warm weather. This is definitely a different type of paradise. It was beautiful today but I bet it is very unforgiving in the winter.

    1. debndave Post author

      It was a pretty emotional trip. there were so many experiences that were just astounding. I’m emotional that way, so I get choked up a lot too:)

  2. Rebecca Glatz

    Hi guys! I’ve been enjoying seeing your photos and re-living our trip. What I’m most eagerly awaiting is the time lapse sequence from our camping night! Have you posted that yet??

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