Optional Antarctic Activities

Add even more adventure to your Antarctic expedition with our range of optional activities!

All of our Antarctic expeditions offer an element of adventure, but for those with a passion for a specific type of adventure we have a range of optional activities to suit your interests.

Aurora Expeditions pioneered many of these activities in Antarctica and continue to forge ahead, offering you the opportunity to join in and experience some of the most unique and extreme adventures on offer.

Soft activity options range from photography and camping on the ice, with more specialty activities including sea kayaking, mountaineering, polar snorkelling and polar scuba diving. Find out more about them below.

  • Sea Kayaking

    From US$1,200 pp

    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences. However, on selected expeditions, a photography expert will offer lectures and presentations.

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  • Scuba Diving

    From US$1,200 pp

    Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.

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  • Snorkelling

    From US$740 per person pp

    No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!

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  • Shackleton’s epic has been retold countless times, but few have retraced his steps across South Georgia. On selected voyages, we offer you the chance to either trek or ski this three day epic, weather permitting.

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  • Alpine Trekking/Climbing

    From US$1,200 pp

    Reach new heights in Antarctica! From easy ascents to more technical routes, our mountaineering and climbing activity is available for experienced climbers on our Antarctica expeditions.

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  • Camping


    There is no better way to enjoy Antarctica’s stunning silence (barring the odd raucous penguin) than camping out in the open. Be a true Antarctic explorer and experience what it feels like to be camping out on ice.

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  • Ski/Snowboard Touring

    From US$1,200 pp

    Our Ski Touring activity will set the adventurers apart from the pack as they clip in and take off to explore Antarctica & South Georgia’s untouched terrain.

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  • Snowshoeing

    From US$280 pp

    Snowshoeing is our new and unique way to explore Antarctica. Snowshoeing makes walking up gentle slopes a breeze, allowing you to explore places others struggle to reach in boots alone.

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  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding

    From US$640 pp

    For the ideal vantage point to view wildlife in the world’s most beautiful places – just add a board and paddle.

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Absolutely 100% performance from the Staff and Crew, Aurora should be proud of the standard of their employees!
John Parkinson - Spirit of Antarctica, 2015
The crew were amazing, couldn't have asked for a better experience on this trip
Joshua Griffiths - New Year in Antarctica, 2015
The staff and crew were excellent and all worked hard to make the trip an experience to remember.
Karen Bonthrone, UK - Weddell Sea and Antarctic Explorer, February 2016