Testimonials

Our business motto: “making friends to the ends of the world”. You will leave as a client but we are confident you will return as a friend.

Don’t take our word for it, read what our Ice Trackers say!

Tom Lynch – UK

As a person who did it the hard way all those years ago, going with Ice Tracks this time was, for me, very rewarding and comfortable indeed.

I am not one for form filling or surveys and now view things through the eyes of someone in the fourth quarter of their century who has many T shirts and nothing further to prove.

In my humble opinion, I thought the whole experience, tailor made as it was on this most recent voyage, a quite excellent package. I have, therefore, had no hesitation in recommending yourselves to those who have expressed an interest in my  recent ‘adventure’!

Tom travelled with us to Falkland, South Georgia and Antarctica for the Shackleton Centenary Voyage in November 2014.

Angela Palmer – UK

A wonderful and most memorable experience, made all the more special by having the descendants with us. Congratulations on tracking them down and getting them involved, and indeed for all the hard work and effort that you put in both before and during the trip, which was much appreciated and admirably rewarded.

I would certainly recommend Ice Tracks to friends, and will check on what you are offering in the future.

Angela travelled with us to Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica for the Shackleton Centenary Voyage in November 2014.

Alan and William Wordie – UK

Will and I would like to thank you both for the huge organisational input you provided to create the unique expedition from which we have just returned. All aspects of the trip touched me. I was fascinated to see and understand the work undertaken by the Endurance scientists during the 4 weeks in December 1914 on South Georgia, and how the Grytviken museum embraced that. The 2 highlights for me were our arrival at King Haakon Bay and the subsequent shore visit; and the crossing and approach to Wild Point Elephant Island.

Your Ice Tracks arrangements coupled with the One Ocean team commitment provided a full on 20 days adventure at sea. Well done and thank you so much.

Alan and William travelled with us to Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica for the Shackleton Centenary Voyage  in November 2014.

Honnie Feltham – England

My trip in June to Svalbard was one of the high spots of my life. I am a wild life devotee and green supporter so for years I have had a huge conflict about pursuing the former without transgressing the latter too much. Somehow, this cruise felt right – IceTracks and the entire ship’s crew are really conscientious about their environmental impact and told us about it – very reassuring. I loved the zodiac trips out right up to huge glaciers – one of which we saw calving – and onto the land where we trekked and got a real sense of the presence of polar bears – their tracks and where they’s scrambled out of the water onto the snow. We saw all 3 land mammals of the Arctic – wonderful birds including King Eiders – a bird high up on all birders’ ‘must see’ list, and whales including a Beluga with two calves, swimming so close to us!

I was travelling on my own – but everyone was very sociable and I was never on my own for long. The on board staff were always kind, helpful and hugely knowledgeable. A brilliant trip.

Hoonie traveled with us to Spitsbergen in June 2014

Raymond & Ute – South Africa

We are now back indeed, and slowly coming to grips with the ‘real’ world. As you may imagine, there is little one can really say about Antarctica of which you are not fully aware. If it were in any way possible I for one would never go anywhere else on this planet. Ute had reservations about going South as she does not like the cold, but after our experience in Patagonia in southern Chile and Argentina, she also wanted to be in the pure untainted and pristine world of Antarctica. Now Ute even says she could happily go back. Unfortunately, we can only be very thankful that we even once had the opportunity to make this dream come true. Thank you very much for your part in making that happen. We were cared for graciously by Ice Tracks and without their expert and very able assistance our trip might never have taken place. I warmly recommend Ice Tracks guidance to anyone wishing to go South. The whole experience we had was more akin to friendship than business, and we do hope that we may one day meet again on the high seas!

Raymond and Ute travelled with us to the Antarctic Peninsula in November 2012

Jane & Peter Saltmarsh – England

We want to say how absolutely wonderful the whole trip was and to thank you heartily for all the effort you put in on our behalf. The 3 days in Patagonia were just wonderful, we want to go back as there is obviously such a lot to see and to do. The Antarctica trip was utterly wonderful from start to finish, and the subsequent visit to Iguazu and Buenos Aires were also carefully planned and full of interest and stimulation.
I have given your name to loads of friends in certain knowledge that if they get in touch, then they will be in the best possible hands.
Just wanted to say wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL and thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

Jane and Peter travelled with us on the Marine Mammal Voyage March 2014

Stan Pulgies – Australia

The whole experience was awesome… from breathtaking walks on varying terrains and exhilarating encounters with Nature’s amazing palette and deft sculptures to jaw dropping recounts from other adventurers privileged to have witnessed what I couldn’t.
Easily the best.

Stan travelled with us to the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2014

Lou and Tessa – Limington UK

Caro, Lou De Marco and Tessa Tennant

We thank you both for putting so much work into our trip to South America – we had the most incredible time and are already recommending it to our friends. Tessa Tennant & Lou de Marco from the UK travelled with Ice Tracks Expeditions to Patagonia, Atacama and the Amazons February and March 2014.

Southern Patagonia
We have had such a lovely time and thanks to Caro for all your hard work in putting together such a great trip. We have loved being so independent and stopping whenever we want for lots of scenery/coffee breaks and this has been the perfect way to do it.
We went to Lago Roca in the morning (no one else there – fabulous) and then the glacier in the afternoon and again no crowds – breathtaking glacier …. very special.

Northern Patagonia
Well here we are sitting in our lovely captains room at the hotel – beautiful views of the volcano and it was a gorgeous evening. We had a good morning driving lots of dirt roads on Chiloe and were fascinated by all the fish farms – lovely place and we enjoyed the Palafito and an exceptionally strong Pisco sour (which we needed) in town ….

Atacama Desert
It was a superb experience, and would recommend the astronomique excursion – fascinating. Loved San Pedro and the Altiplanico. Four nights was perfect.

Amazon Cruise
Would strongly recommend the Anakonda – lovely cabins and again exceptionally good guides – nothing was too much trouble – learnt a great deal and it was a brilliant experience.

 

Tim and Jan Burr – UK

Just a small thank you for a most amazing year shared with youselves.
You have opened our eyes to many things we did not think we would ever see and we have enjoyed every minute along the way and all within just 12 months. But, having been to incredible places we now know that there is so much more that we really must visit so lets keep on planning!

Thank you both for your very kind and warming friendship and we look forward to more travel in the new year.

Tim and Jan have travelled with Ice Tracks to the Arctic (July 2013) and British Columbia (September 2013) and they are due to travel again with us in November 2014 to Antarctica.

Wendel – Pretoria South Africa

Caro rest assured that your enthusiasm and passion had everything to do with our amazing experience. You made us feel so welcome right from the beginning, initially with the cool emails and then meeting you in person in Ushuaia.
Nothing was ever too much trouble and your response was always a cheerful smile and a can do attitude. Your handling of the Zodiac seems to be in your genes as you and the boat just seemed like a natural combination. Your passion was brought out amazingly when you sighted the Snow Petrel – Wow I still get goose bumps just reliving the experience. Although I did not get the photo, I got the emotion that will live with me for the rest of my life!
Caro – what more can I say – you ROCK!

Wendel traveled with us to Antarctica off the beaten track.

Hengelene – Pretoria South Africa

Thank you to each one of you for your friendship and for sharing this beautiful part of our planet with us. Guts and Caro do you realise what you have achieved ? It has always been a lifelong dream to visit Antarctica and you have been the catalyst that made it all possible. Your enthusiasm and friendship knows no bounds!. Thank you both from Hengelene and myself.

Hengelene traveled with us to Antarctica Off the Beaten Track.

Denise and Brian Sutherland – Pretoria South Africa

Well, in retelling the (fairy)tale the last few days, the highlights are starting to cement in…. together with some new friendships!

· The hair-raising off-roading trip to the lake
· That amazing Argentinian braai in the woods & the beautiful snowy wonderland around us.
· To see how much Brian enjoys ships (although saying what a lovely cruise it was coming back, while some were dreadfully sick – he was perhaps living dangerously!)
· The first sighting of that whiter than white …
· The crystal, crystal clear waters
· My excitement at the first landing on the iced, uninhabited continent
· The colours & the moods & the vastness!
· Our South Africans taking the first dive in that colder than cold water!!!
· The amazing strength & stamina of those penguins. I do tell the tale of the solitary soul waiting to greet those mountaineers at the top of Spiget!
· The comraderie in our group
· Our “tea break” on the zodiac with irish coffee & green tea – where Caro asked Chicken to “duck”!
· The photo of the campers sitting around the “campfire” was an absolute winner …
· The soft snow on our last landing & trying to walk in that!

How do you describe it all to people that were not there? I’ve found it difficult, but very willing to try.
We reiterate our thanks to Mandy, Guts & Caro – you put a huge amount of work into making it a dream holiday for us – and it was, & we are truly grateful.

Denise and Brian traveled with us to Antarctica off the beaten track.

 

Maureen and Rory Kirk – Johannesburg South Africa

We have had the most wonderful holiday, spent with especially wonderful people. One does not often go away with an unknown group of people and be able to get on so easily and without problems. Thank you for making our holiday a very special one. Thank you to Guts for organising the group, for Mandy who did an amazing job of making all our bookings. There were no hassles anywhere. Thank you. Especially a big thank you to Caro.   A very special person and someone who did everything to make our holiday a memorable one.

Maureen and Rory traveled with us to Antarctica off the beaten track.

Kiersten and Rob Kirk – Gauten South Africa

When I feel my blood pressure rise or I start thinking that I’m getting stressed at work I just think of the beautiful, pristine, quiet wonderland that we had the privilege of visiting!  It works! What a wonderful experience, I’m so happy that we were able to go with such a lovely group of people! Caro and Guts, thank you again for arranging everything. You Rock! Rob and I look forward to meeting up with you again one day soon!

Kiersten and Rob traveled with us to Antarctica off the beaten track.

Ann Willis – UK

I had the most amazing time with Ice Tacks in July 2013 in the frozen wastes of Svalbard. Brilliantly organised trip full of beauty, education and fun – thank you Ice Tracks.

Ann Willis traveled with us to Spitsbergen.

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