Sea Kayaking

One of the most unique ways to experience Antarctica and the Arctic.

The experience of sea kayaking in the humbling wilderness of Antarctica or the European Arctic is guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, or drift quietly as you watch wildlife unobtrusively, absorbing the majestic scenery.

Led by experienced guides, paddling in small groups allows us the opportunity to paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes as well as allowing easy and intimate access to beautiful coastlines.

‘Getting out amongst it’ is our philosophy, and that is exactly what we do. Once we reach our destination, we aim to kayak at least once a day, weather depending. If the opportunity arises we may go out twice, as the 24-hour daylight allows for some beautiful evening paddles under the midnight sun.

What's involved?

Rather than travelling large distances, our aim is to see as much as possible. We paddle anywhere between 5 to 15 kilometres (2 to 4 hours) per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy on our excursion.

Each group of 4 to 12 kayakers generally visit the same wildlife sites as our fellow expeditioners, however our smaller craft often means that we also have the opportunity to access areas that are often not accessible by Zodiacs. We will also make time to do some shore landings with the rest of the group.

When we visit the poles, the elements play an important role. It is important that you have an adventurous attitude and understand that our kayaking time will be effected by the weather that we experience.

Even if your experience is limited, we’d encourage you to call us to discuss your suitability. There is often ample time to gain the required experience before you depart. Kayakers should be aged 14 or over.

Equipment Included

  • Kayak & Paddle
  • Neoprene boots
  • Safety gear
  • A 20-litre dry bag
  • Life jackets
  • Dry suits
  • Pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle)

Our Guides

Our guides have years of kayaking experience in our destinations. The sea kayaking guide will lead the group on each excursion, explaining facts about the wildlife and other highlights we paddle across. You can view our Sea Kayaking guides' profiles here.

How to Book

Simply inform our Expedition Experts at time of booking that you would like to include the optional sea kayaking activity to your expedition. Places are limited so we recommend reserving your place early.

Upcoming Expeditions

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  • Christmas in Antarctica

    11 DAYS from US$8,725 pp SAIL/FLY

    Celebrate Christmas Antarctica-style! Experience the best of the peninsula's wildlife and landscapes, with some time for onboard celebrations!

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  • Wild Scotland

    11 DAYS from AU$7,500 per person

    Join us on one of our wildest adventures: walk in the Vikings’ footsteps, explore fantastic sea caves, land on World-heritage listed St Kilda and observe the world’s largest seabird colonies!

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  • Spitsbergen Odyssey

    11 DAYS from AU$6,995 per person

    Circumnavigate Spitsbergen and experience a world filled with deep shimmering fjords, polar deserts, old whaling settlements and magnificent wildlife, including the mighty polar bear.

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  • Jewels of the Arctic

    14 days from AU$8,870 per person

    Halfway between Spitsbergen and Iceland, East Greenland’s coastline invites you to explore its breathtaking environment made of the world’s largest icebergs, welcoming Inuit communities and diverse fauna and flora.

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  • COMBINE & SAVE IN 2017!

    Expedition - Across the Arctic Circle

    Across the Arctic Circle

    14 DAYS from AU$6,685 per person

    Sail from Scotland’s rugged northern coast through to Norway’s picturesque coastline, before crossing the Arctic Circle and reach the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen, home to the mighty polar bear!

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  • Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    24 DAYS from AU$14,280 per person

    Combine two exciting Arctic itineraries into one 24-day adventure! From the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen to Greenland’s iceberg fantasia, make your Arctic expedition complete (and save!).

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  • CANON COLLECTIVE EXPEDITION

    Expedition - Photographer’s First Light - Antarctica & South Georgia

    Photographer’s First Light - Antarctica & South Georgia

    18 DAYS from US$14,300 pp

    No matter what your level of photography is, join our internationally-renowned expert photography guides on this exclusive expedition and capture Antarctica & South Georgia's springtime beauty.

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  • Spirit of Antarctica

    12 DAYS from US$8,500 pp

    Get ready for an early-summer adventure to Antarctica, jam-packed with pristine icy landscapes, busy wildlife and many daily excursions and activities!

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  • New Year in Antarctica

    11 DAYS from US$8,725 pp FLY/SAIL

    Ring in the New Year and make new resolutions as you journey onboard Polar Pioneer through the life-bustling Antarctic Peninsula.

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  • South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    18 DAYS from US$14,300 pp

    Throughout long summer days, discover wildlife-rich South Georgia, step foot on the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula and retrace Ernest Shackleton's epic journey from Elephant Island.

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  • NOW ON SALE!

    Expedition - Weddell Sea & Antarctic Explorer

    Weddell Sea & Antarctic Explorer

    12 DAYS from US$8,725 pp

    One of the wildest and most isolated parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, the ice-filled Weddell Sea boasts huge tabular icebergs, fossil-rich islands and large penguin colonies for you to explore!

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  • Across the Antarctic Circle

    11 DAYS from US$8,725 pp FLY/SAIL

    Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33' South in the wake of hallowed explorers and experience a world of powerful whales, shimmering mountain ranges and mesmerising icebergs.

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  • In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    18 DAYS from US$14,300 pp FLY/SAIL

    Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed.

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  • Sub-Antarctic Safari

    15 Days from US$10,900 pp

    NEW! Explore the wildlife sanctuaries of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia on this brand new sub-Antarctic sailing adventure, including exclusive photography workshops.

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  • Antarctic Explorer

    11 Days from US$9,500 pp FLY/SAIL

    With only one sea crossing this new FLY/SAIL voyage, you'll enjoy the very best of the Antarctic Peninsula and the spectacular, yet isolated Weddell Sea.

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  • In-Depth South Georgia & Antarctica

    20 DAYS from US$14,300 pp

    Time and light, the photographer’s most treasured attributes. Capture Antarctica & South Georgia on this exquisite photography expedition.

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Judd, our kayaking guide was helpful and encouraging. He also shared a lot about the natural world and seemed to conjure up all kinds of wildlife for us.
Sharon Runge - Weddell Sea Explorer, 2015
The kayaking guides Toby and Bob were beyond exceptional. Not only did they keep us safe they added significantly to our kayaking experience with their professionalism, knowledge, warm and friendly dispositions and great senses of humour.
Kerry Turnock - Christmas in Antarctica, 2015
The sea kayaking was the top highlight for us as it combined a physical challenge with a sense of vulnerability in a series of huge awe-inspiring fjord landscapes. The relative quiet of paddling magnified the sounds of moving ice and a connection with the environment.
Jo Mummery - Jewels of the Arctic, 2016
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