Ice conditions in Antarctica change hourly, and there’s no way to know where exactly your cruise will take you. If you’re lucky, though, you’ll be able to get close enough to pack ice to be able to go for a walk on water.
One morning I was on a Zodiac cruise around the ship since we couldn’t find a good place to go ashore. As the guide took us farther out, he asked if we wanted to go for a walk on water. I hadn’t noticed it, but immediately in front of us was a field of white extending as far as the eye could see. I thought at first that it was an optical illusion, but it was actually a massive field of pack ice—dangerous for boats, but fun for intrepid travelers. The guide beached the Zodiac alongside the ice and one by one we hopped out onto the ice, careful not to step into holes that would snare our legs. The walk was unlike anything else I’d experienced before, and it was at that moment that I knew I was on the adventure of a lifetime.