Sea Kayaking

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.


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 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.

Equipment Included

  • Kayak & Paddle
  • Neoprene boots
  • Safety gear
  • A 15-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 for your expedition. Places are limited so we recommend reserving your place early.

Upcoming Expeditions

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  • Christmas in Antarctica 2019

    13 DAYS from US$11,900 per person

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

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    Expedition - Wild Scotland

    Wild Scotland

    11 DAYS from AU$10,700 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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    Expedition - Svalbard Odyssey

    Svalbard Odyssey

    11/13 DAYS from AU$13,100 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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    Expedition - Jewels of the Arctic

    Jewels of the Arctic

    13/14/15 DAYS from AU$12,000 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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  • Across the Arctic Circle - Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

    14 DAYS from AU$7,300 per person

    Sail from Scotland’s rugged northern coast up 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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    Expedition - Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    23/24/25 DAYS from AU$22,600 per person

    Combine two exciting Arctic itineraries into one 25-day adventure! From the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen to Greenland’s iceberg fantasia, make your Arctic expedition complete (and save!).

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    Expedition - Spirit of Antarctica

    Spirit of Antarctica

    12 DAYS from US$10,500 per person

    Get ready for a classic Antarctic adventure, jam-packed with pristine icy landscapes, busy wildlife and many daily excursions and activities! *ANP127G, ANP128G & ANP129G aboard Greg Mortimer are sail only voyages.

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    Expedition - South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    21/22 DAYS from US$15,600 per person

    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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    Expedition - Across the Antarctic Circle

    Across the Antarctic Circle

    11/12/13 DAYS from US$9,100 per person 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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    Expedition - Antarctic Explorer

    Antarctic Explorer

    11/12 DAYS from US$10,300 per person FLY/SAIL

    Spend more time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with FLY/SAIL itineraries, including a new FLY/FLY voyage that skips the Drake completely!

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  • Northern Svalbard Explorer

    11 DAYS from AU$7,200 per person

    Autumn offers us a chance to explore northern Svalbard, where reindeer feast on Arctic berries, walrus haul out on pack ice, and the polar bear reigns supreme.

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    Expedition - Franz Josef Land Explorer

    Franz Josef Land Explorer

    15/16 DAYS from AU$16,100 per person

    Follow in the wake of early sealers to Franz Josef Land, a Russian Arctic achipelago renowned for geological oddities, walrus and North Pole attempts.

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    Expedition - Arctic Discovery

    Arctic Discovery

    21 DAYS from AU$15,800 per person

    Discover the highlights of the Arctic, including Spitsbergen, East Greenland, the rarely visited Jan Mayen and Norway's spectacular coastline.

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    Expedition - Wild Antarctica

    Wild Antarctica

    11/13 DAYS from US$11,900 per person FLY/SAIL

    Take a journey into the Weddell Sea's ice-filled waters, navigating vast tabular bergs and breaching whales before discovering the Peninsulas' west coast for the best of both worlds. 

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    Expedition - High Arctic Adventurer

    High Arctic Adventurer

    25 DAYS from AU$17,600 per person

    Combine Svalbard Odyssey and Franz Josef Land Explorer for the ultimate high arctic explorers itinerary

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    Expedition - Iceland, Greenland & East Canada (formerly Inuit Arctic & Beyond)

    Iceland, Greenland & East Canada (formerly Inuit Arctic & Beyond)

    21 DAYS from AU$18,500 per person

    From the world’s youngest volcano to some of the oldest rocks found anywhere on Earth, you’ll encounter traditional Inuit communities unchanged for tens of thousands of years.

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    Expedition - Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard

    Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard

    11 DAYS from AU$8,200 per person

    Discover the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, remote and seldom-visited Jan Mayen island – the world’s northernmost active volcanic island, and Svalbard’s northwest coast.

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    Expedition - Patagonia and Chilean Fjords

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    14 DAYS from US$6,200 per person

    Marvel at the granite spires on hikes in Torres del Paine National Park, Zodiac cruise and kayak waterways rich in wildlife, where we hope to see migrating whales, dolphins, penguins and seals.

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    Expedition - Costa Rica and The Panama Canal

    Costa Rica and The Panama Canal

    12 Days from US$4,800 per person

    Experience the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, filled with remote national parks and biological reserves brimming with colourful wildlife and traverse the Panama Canal on a guaranteed daylight crossing.

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    Expedition - Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

    Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

    21 Days from US$19,800 per person

    Combine Falkland Islands~Malvinas with the dazzling scenery and wildlife of South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula for a truly unforgettable voyage.

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    Expedition - Antarctica Complete

    Antarctica Complete

    23 Days from US$23,300 per person

    If you only have one chance to visit Antarctica, this voyage is for you. On this epic journey, you will experience the wonders of Antarctica and venture where few travellers have been.

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    Expedition - Christmas in Antarctica 2020

    Christmas in Antarctica 2020

    21 Days from US$19,800 per person

    Have a ‘Happy Penguin Christmas’ when Antarctica is at its liveliest. Combine the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia on one incredible voyage.

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    Expedition - Solar Eclipse in Antarctica

    Solar Eclipse in Antarctica

    22 Days from US$23,700 per person

    A total solar eclipse occurs only every 1-2 years, but to possibly experience it in Antarctica is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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    Expedition - East Greenland Explorer

    East Greenland Explorer

    13 Days from AU$11,100 per person

    Discover the world’s largest fjord system in East Greenland. Zodiac cruise and kayak along sounds filled with spectacular icebergs calved from glaciers of Greenland’s enormous ice cap.

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    Expedition - Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

    Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

    15 Days from AU$14,600 per person

    Combining the North Atlantic Ocean’s wildest outliers, this voyage takes you from historic Orkneys to the lush and craggy Faroe Islands, to the ice-covered slopes of Mount Beerenberg.

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    Expedition - West Greenland Explorer

    West Greenland Explorer

    11 Days from AU$9,700 per person

    Boasting the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Greenland offers an adventure-filled experience including thrilling Zodiac cruises along gleaming ice-filled fjords.

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    Expedition - Iceland Circumnavigation

    Iceland Circumnavigation

    11 Days from AU$9,700 per person

    Iceland is a remote volcanic island with mind-blowing landscapes and fascinating culture and history to please even the most discerning traveller. A circumnavigation of Iceland is an experience not to be missed.

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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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