Aurora Expeditions Offers This Unique Adventure
However, Aurora Expeditions has added something more associated with the tropics than the ice packs – polar snorkeling.
The company has added this activity to its small-ship cruises to Spitsbergen and Greenland. You’re given a mask, snorkel, fins and a D9 full dry suit (along with hood, gloves and boots) and then you take the plunge to see what sea life is like in this frigid environment.
Getting a look at things below the surface in this environment is something few people get to experience, so this is truly a unique activity. And just like regular snorkeling, no scuba diving experience is necessary to participate.
You’ll see sea anemones, sea urchins, nudibranchs, crabs and the occasional polar cod. Yet the highlight for some is the opportunity to get up close to the glistening ice. Snorkellers swim at the edge of the Arctic pack ice, which means they get to see the fascinating ice formations that exist below the water’s surface.
Polar Snorkeling (which the company spells as snorkelling) is an optional activity available across a selection of Aurora Expeditions’ 2016 and 2017 Arctic and Antarctic voyages, operated in conjunction with diving partners Waterproof Expeditions. A
urora Expeditions’ Arctic voyages depart July through September. Prices start from AU$6,380 per person, with Polar Snorkelling and Diving starting from US$975 per person.
Aurora Expeditions and Waterproof Expeditions were the first operators to launch Polar Snorkeling in Antarctica in 2013, and now also offer the activity in the European Arctic.