One of the most exhilarating 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's 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.
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 affected 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.
- 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 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.
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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
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