No other landmass is so pristine as Antarctica – who wouldn’t want to glide in kayaks by the glaciers around Port Lockroy, Goudier Island? Sea-kayaking in Antarctica is one of the top polar adventures you just can’t miss, read on to find out why!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KAYAKING IN ANTARCTICA
Preparing for sea-kayaking in Antarctica
Kayaking is done in a relatively small group. You will watch the kayaks descend from the ship, they’re tied in a two lines, you board the Zodiac and the kayaks are pulled along to an appropriate place to get started on your activity – one you will totally love by the way!
Is kayaking in Antarctica scary?
You are probably nervous thinking, what if I get wet? Or what if I capsize? What if I can’t paddle properly? Well I’m here to tell you, it’s not scary at all! Once you’ve got in the kayak, relax and get into your stride with your paddling partner. Any fears will melt away as you are mesmorised by the beauty around you.
The glassy clear waters with glacial reflections have no waves making this a smooth and thrilling ride. Oh and don’t forget you will have a professional guide to watch over the group, what else can go wrong?
What gear do you need for kayaking in Antarctica?
Wear the right gear!
We had a bright sunny day but still dress for the weathers, it can get nippy out there. Wear some layers and waterproofs top and bottom (avoid cotton), thick socks, hat to keep warm or keep the sun off your face depending on the weather.
What about a camera?
I was super nervous about taking my Sony a6300 on the kayak just in case the capsizing took place (it’s happened to me before and it was an expensive dip in the water). So, your best option is a GoPro or another waterproof camera option…. or a friend who is happy to take her phone!
WHY YOU SHOULD KAYAK IN ANTARCTICA
Kayaking in Antarctica is a unique adventure
Before I went to Antarctica, I’d ogled at imagery of thrill-seekers kayaking in Antarctica with my mouth wide open. It looks like a film-set and it is no different in real life. Every group that went out kayaking had a totally individual experience and I listened intently to their stories on the ship each night awaiting our turn.
Finally our day had come and it couldn’t have been more perfect. As we kayaked round Port Lockroy on Goudier Island, we had the opportunity to paddle hard to land on an ice shelf. This experience would not be had by the next cruise ship as it will have melted by then!
Get a different penguin perspective
On your Antarctica trip, I would be seriously surprised if you said you were a bit penguined-out and couldn’t possibly see another one. Well, when you’re kayaking you will get closer to the water and see penguins from another angle. Looking up at them as they nest on the rocks above you or watch as they porpoise through the water next to you. Watch out though, these guys are fast. Keep your paddles out the water if you see the Gentoo Penguins coming at great speed!
BOOKING AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
Which company to choose for Antarctica
If the activities are what you want from your Antarctica trip, always check what is included in the package. Some expeditions will charge for additional activities. We opted for the Antarctica Basecamp expedition with Oceanwide Expeditions booked with World Expeditions.
Insurance for adventure travellers
With any holiday adventures, travel insurance should be a top priority! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.
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