Petermann Island

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12-16 ice swimmers will attempt the IISA Ice KM Swim in the Antarctica Off The Beaten Track Expedition in November 2018

Petermann Island is a small island off the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula of Antarctica, located at 65°10′S 64°10′W.

The 2 km (1.2 mile) long, low-lying island is home to the world's southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins, and also hosts a number of Adelie Penguins.


The island was discovered by a German expedition of 1873-74, who named it after geographer August Petermann. The French Antarctic Expedition of 1908-10 wintered over aboard ship in a cove on the southeast side of the island, named Port Circumcision because it was spotted 1 January 1909, the traditional day for the Feast of the Circumcision.


Lewis Pugh first swam 1 km in the waters off Petermann Island in 2005 in 18 minutes. He explains, "We expected extreme conditions. At 65° South the sky was grey, the clouds were ominous, and the water was 0°C. The aim was to document what happened to my body during the southernmost long-distance swim ever undertaken. At the start it was snowing heavily; on the way back from the half-way-mark (an iceberg) it was coming down in chunks. Tim Noakes was on the boat under a blanket watching the monitor, while Jonathan Dugas wrote vital statistics on a whiteboard to keep me informed. Suddenly, the information stopped coming. (I didn’t know it, but the pen had frozen!)"

It was also site of the Antarctic Circle Ice Challenge by Ram Barkai, Andrew Chin, Toks Viviers, Kieron Palframan, Ryan Stramrood, and Gavin Pike.

Open Water Swimming in Antarctica


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