Kayaking Among Icebergs
Seeing Antarctica…from a penguin’s point of view
To experience Antarctica up close and personal, there’s really no better seat than the one in your own kayak, just inches above the water, navigating among icebergs and glacial ice dating back 30,000 years.
Gliding through an otherworldly landscape with a small team, led by our expert guides and occasionally joined by a family of playful penguins or seals, this is about as intimate and magical as it gets.
Here’s how it works:
Prior to your first kayaking adventure, our guides will do a thorough job of handing out and explaining all your gear, as well as the basic rules of operating an ocean kayak. Each morning, we’ll meet as a group, assess the weather conditions, and plan out the day.
Ideally, we’ll paddle daily; but of course, that’s always subject to the will of Antarctica’s unpredictable weather and ice. And there’s no pressure or commitment to join every outing. Even the heartiest of souls will sometimes skip an outing in favor of some extra sleep, a Zodiac outing, or a few hours curled up in our library with a good book.
Bucket List Dream Fulfilled
Visiting Antarctica with WHOI and Polar Latitudes was a bucket list dream fulfilled. The magic of kayaking among Gentoo penguins, humpback whales and blue and white icebergs dotting the crystal clear water, with new friends, exceeded our expectations.
Anyone 16 or older, in reasonably good health and with even a small amount of paddling experience is welcome to join. We take a limited number of guests, and it is a popular option, so if you’re interested, we strongly recommend you sign up early.
We supply most everything
- Kayaks (tandems and singles)
- Dry Suits
- Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs)
- Pogies (neoprene gloves)
Participants will need to bring proper personal clothing as noted in our supplied preparation notes. We will require return of a signed liability waiver and dry suit loan form no later than 90 days prior to departure. We will make every effort to paddle as often as possible, but weather, sea, ice, and other conditions may preclude this. The Expedition Leader and kayak guides are the ultimate authorities on this.