Reasons to go

  • Discover Antarctica as part of a small, exclusive kayaking team
  • Kayaking in Antarctica is one of the best ways to see rare wildlife, from curious whales to porpoising penguins
  • Maximise your time off-ship by getting closer to your surroundings for longer
  • Explore at your own pace, with your guide's help to interpret the icescape

Kayaking in Antarctica

Customer review background image

What our customers think of Kayaking in Antarctica

My best memories are of paddling in the serenity of a cove with penguins swimming nearby and beautiful icebergs around us. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Cynthia Hauke - USA

100% recommend this. We were lucky enough that both my wife and I were able to kayak. I believe we got so much more out of the trip as we still did all the landings that other passengers did but also got to see other parts from the kayak. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Nigel Seymour - UK

This was really enjoyable! So peaceful and serene. Being at water level and so quiet is quite an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended! Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Joanne March - USA

Incredible!! So very glad we did it. Wildlife all around, access to icebergs, seals, whales!! Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Anne Kinzie - Canada

Kayaking was a dream come true. Being that close to the water and on level with wildlife while surrounded by icebergs was truly powerful. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Terri Elkin - USA

Paddling was fun and not overwhelming for a newbie like me. The staff assisted as needed and were encouraging. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Jeanette Burrell - USA

LOVED every possible second. The trip would not have been as meaningful without the ability to explore the animal life, nature and land from this level. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Kristie Collins - France

We had amazing kayaking experiences. A great way to appreciate the scenery and wildlife. Would highly recommend. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Jennifer Tse - Canada

The kayaking was amazing. Participated in the immersive kayaking and was so happy that I had the opportunity. The team and group that participated were experienced, knowledgeable, and had great energy which just heightened the experience. Absolutely would recommend to others. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Christen Glogowski - USA

Kayaking was a highlight for me, and incredibly peaceful amongst the icebergs. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Eric Gabel - USA

The best part, kayaking was 100% worth it! it was so much nicer to get away with just a small group. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Jessica Spangler - USA

The kayaking experience was the highlight of the trip for my wife and me. Highly recommend! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Greg Lewbart - USA

This was the most incredible experience EVER!!! Our guides (Elo & Loup) were top-notch experts. They were extremely skilled, patient, helped improve our skills, and took amazing photos that were shared at the end of the trip. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Kristie Mozzachio - USA

We loved the pace of the paddling excursions. Our guides Tim and Matt did a great job of finding amazing sites for us to see - from deep blue icebergs to penguins and seals swimming close to the boats and even whales (at a safe distance). Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Micah Myerscough - USA

Paddling was extremely enjoyable. Paddled through an ice field so we could hear the oxygen being released from glacier ice. The views from the kayaks were wonderful. Our guide was incredible. One of the top excursions of the week, and all of the excursions were wonderful. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Scott Burbank - USA

I absolutely adored the kayaking - total highlight of the trip for me. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Julie Carlin-Sasaki - UK

This was my favorite thing! We had a beautiful day to be out on the water. Our team leader was fun and friendly and did his best to show us all the wonders of Antarctica as we paddled around in the ocean. Such an awesome experience! I would definitely recommend this! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Janalee Burbank - USA

Super cool! Would definitely recommend. We got to see so much wildlife and it was cool to be so close to the water. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Anna Victoria Sasaki - Malaysia

Most memorable moment? Kayaking with humpback whales just a meter away from the kayak! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Marilyn Burbidge - Canada

LOVED IT! Each paddle was another memorable experience and the guides (Russell, Anula, and Tim) were all fantastic! They really went above and beyond to ensure we felt comfortable, safe and had a good time. They were very knowledgable about kayaking, but also about the environment and wildlife we were exploring. Would definitely recommend to other travelers. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Michelle Leen - USA

Each outing was different and better than the previous one. I can’t fully describe the it—the sounds, smells, and scenery are something you need to experience for yourself. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Vera Hui - USA

WE LOVED IT! The immersive kayak experience is really the best way to be off the ship. It means smaller groups, less noise, and being closer to mother nature. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Patrick Michel - Switzerland

My most memorable moment was kayaking. Early morning, the only sounds were the ice tinkling around us and our paddles breaking the surface of the water. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Erin Wall - Canada

Definitely would recommend kayaking! So great to get so close to the water and the views! Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Jeni Ness - USA

Signing up for kayaking was one of the best decisions of the trip. We got to see a unique perspective of the locations and our guides Sophie and Ewan were so informative and always made sure we were safe. I would highly recommend this to others looking for a special way to experience Antarctica. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Sarah Yip - USA

Kayaking in the brash ice in Neko Harbor. The stillness created by the ice was broken only by the occasional glacier calving. We paddled past a sleeping crab eater seal and watched feeding penguins swim past. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Chuck Gallegos - USA

The kayaking was very well run and achieved a perfect balance between adventure and safety. Kayaking offers the opportunity to experience the wildlife and ice at water level and with a quiet stillness that is not possible in a zodiac Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Chuck Gallegos - USA

A real treat. Different than a zodiac. I didn't go all of the times offered as my wife was doing only zodiac, but it really gets you close to the action. Especially kelp beds, wave action near shore. Peaceful paddling and manoeuvring in the brash and growlers. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2023

David Feldshon - USA

We had a blast with kayaking - it allowed us to appreciate the massive size of the icebergs. I would recommend it to others and advise them to sign up in advance, with the caveat that sometimes kayaking is impossible due to weather conditions. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Saebom Lee - USA

My most memorable would be kayaking and having a whale surface about 500 feet from us, and then dive back down with a whale tail in the air. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Eleanor Linnen - USA

I highly recommend kayaking. It was an amazing way to experience the wildlife and ice. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Maria Linnen - USA

I did the paddling and loved it. It requires little experience and offers a unique way to get up close and personal to Antarctica. I highly recommend it! Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Linda Buckley - USA

Kayaking near whales was a once in a lifetime experience. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Arnold Ming - USA

Our most memorable moment was kayaking in the ice and seeing the penguins swimming beside us. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Stanley Rumbough - USA

The opportunity to Sea Kayak with the penguins, seals and floating icebergs everywhere was so incredible and unique. There’s nothing like being a part of it all with nature. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Leah Rumbough - USA

I don’t have a most memorable moment because it was all so wonderful but it was truly magical kayaking through ice field. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Jill Pryor - USA

The kayaking was a definite highlight. Paddling amongst penguins, whales and icebergs was unforgettable and the guides always looked to our safety. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Lynn Quenemoen - USA

Most memorable moment: kayaking and having whales literally feet from us. Absolutely incredible. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Jesse Kehoe - USA

Amazing to see the perspective from the water and on land. Yes, really recommend. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Denise Yee - Canada

Kayaking in Antarctica is something that not many travellers get to experience! The kayak guides try to paddle at every landing site, weather dependent of course, and you can choose whether you want to paddle or go on zodiac cruises with the other expeditioners. I often get seasick, so I chose to paddle on calmer days. We kayaked among icebergs, whales, penguins, and seals in the most beautiful bays! Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Maricela Alaniz - USA

Kayaking among dozens of "porpoising" macaroni penguins off the shore of South Georgia Island. It was our first experience with ocean kayaking, and riding the swells in the bright sun with mountains and dramatic clouds all around and the playful penguins entertaining us was a truly magical experience. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Michael Cox - USA

Kayaking was a fun and immersive (not literally!) experience. Well organized and managed by the expedition team. Very safe. Wish we could have done more, but weather will be weather. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Michael Cox - USA

I loved kayaking. The sights we saw, even kayaking in brash ice, were real treats, and the support team were all engaged and fun to be with on this journey! I would recommend kayaking to everyone... it was a wonderful experience for an 81-year-old man!!! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Paul Herd - USA

Kayaking is a must-do. We were able to see so much more and have a much more personalized adventure to Antarctica through these kayaking excursions. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Michael Bucher - USA

Definitely sign up for kayaking if you’re able to! It was the highlight of my trip Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Stefani Bucher - USA

Seeing the landscape up and close was nice. The staff members took great pictures of all the kayakers. That was a really nice touch. I definitely would do this activity again. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Natalie Dewberry-Moore - USA

The kayaking was amaaaazing. Absolute must. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Anjulika Sahgal - UK

The Kayak team is great, everything was really exciting. This was the best experience ever! Totally recommended. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Manuel Gutierrez - USA

The highlight of my trip. I loved to be able to do kayaking in Antarctica. You live a different experience from a point of view close to the water level. When you stop paddling, you can hear the voice of nature, ice cracking, birds singing, it's just unbelievable. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Christian Cancino Martinez - USA

We were able to kayak three times in wonderful weather and kayaking with the whales was amazing. The kayaking staff were wonderful and informative Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Janet Thayer - USA

LOVED kayaking! It was so peaceful on the water away from the motors. It was also surprising easy to get in and out of the kayaks on the water from the zodiac. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Waverly Garnand - USA

The kayaking was fabulous, truly the best way to see things. Many of the kayaking moments stand out. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Lynda Frost - USA

Most memorable moment: kayaking through brash ice near the Argentinian research station and seeing leopard seals basking on icebergs. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Graham Collins - Canada

Kayaking was fantastic, as well as the many zodiac cruises and landings on the different islands and historical sights. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Jamal Perry - USA

Most memorable moment: kayaking south of the Antarctic Circle. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Tom Hoster - USA

I would highly recommend a trip with activities. I am SO happy we chose to do kayaking! Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Oliver Harris - UK

Most memorable moment: whale watching right next to us in the kayak. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Oliver Harris - UK

Most memorable moment: kayaking with a humpback whale - a highlight of my life to date. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Lauren Woosey - UK

I thought the expedition team were fantastic - I was part of the kayaking squad and thought Dan and Frank were really great. They were lots of fun, enthusiastic and also gave us a lot of information about the wildlife and ice etc. (especially Dan!). It was a relaxed atmosphere out on the water and I loved it. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Lauren Woosey - UK

My most memorable moment was Fournier Bay kayaking! Epic whale experience. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Randy Smith - USA

The scale & beauty of the Antarctic landscape. We were immersed in the natural landscape while kayaking. This was a real privilege. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Tracey Coleman - Australia

We were kayaking on the second day through rivers of ice and spotted a really cool iceberg in the distance. We decided to make our way towards the iceberg and stopped in a cove-like area for rest and pics. Before we decided to leave, a Leopard Seal came right up to our kayaks and seemed to be toying with or playing with us. The seal spent a good 10 mins swimming around us all, creating waves, popping up out of the water in various places - a lot of people were laughing and enjoying this organic moment. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

George Parson - Australia

Paid attention to swells and conditions, making us feel safe and at the same time we got the maximum out of our kayaking experience with wild life and landscapes. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Kwan Fitzgibbon - United States Of America

Sitting in a kayak surrounded by 10+ humpback whales in Fournier Bay was my most memorable moment. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Zach Mueller - United States Of America

The best kayaking of my life. The kayak guides were awesome. Very safety conscious, enthusiastic and always knew the best places to go. They were great instructors for new kayakers and took pictures for us to give to us for our memories. They even brought hot chocolate as a treat one day. This was my favorite part of the trip. Loved being so close to the wildlife and icebergs. It was magical. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Marmie Schuster-Walker - United States Of America

Kayaking is the only way to see Antarctica so, on the recommendation of Swoop, we signed up for the kayaking package. All our most memorable moments are literally in the water. So close to a swimming seal that we could touch him with our paddle (we didn't, of course). Penguins porpoising and keeping up with our strokes. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

Marina and Theodore - United States Of America

Our guides and instructors were just super nice very professional and most knowledgeable. We felt very safe and it was so fun gliding along amongst floating ice. Absolutely would do again and totally recommend to anyone physically capable to go Kayaking. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

John Cox - United States Of America

The highlight was definitely seeing the whales from the kayaks (including a minke whale). Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

David Muenzer - United States Of America

Christmas morning. Waking up to kayak in water surrounded by ice chunks. A minke whale pops up right as we are switching the zodiacs. The sun came out for the first time and it was magical. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Katie Salva - United States Of America

Kayaking was a highlight, many people were turned away due to high popularity, so glad your team recommended and got us signed up for this. To be able to kayak through the brash ice and along the shorelines for birds and seals was great. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Steve Hatten - United States Of America

It was great that we could combine kayaking with a landing on site, so we never had the feeling we missed anything, we just got more out of our expedition. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Filip Lievens - Belgium

Having experienced the kayak program was the best thing about the trip. Kayaking gave us a pristine and uncluttered experience of Antarctica and allowed us to visit more than other tourists on our boat. You see all the things that the zodiacs see but also get a totally unique and pristine experience. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Kelly, Shannon and Robin Politte - United States of America

The kayaking guides did a great job and it felt very safe. The highlight was being so close to whales. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Ralph Pollack - United States Of America

The highlight for me was being a part of our 9 person kayaking group plus two guides. We were able to paddle into small coves and the most magical of all was being near three feeding humpback whales and hearing their breathing as they rose up every few minutes. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Jane Alexander - United States Of America

The scenery kayaking through some of the harbors seemed out of this world. We also saw orcas on multiple occasions with the pod coming right up to the ship. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2019

Fifi Rawlins - United States Of America

Kayaking with humpback-whales, breaching, spouting - and only a few meters away was probably the highlight Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Connie Parkinson - New Zealand

Of the ten opportunities there were to kayak, I did eight in and around South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Everyone was great on the water, even those with lesser experience. The guides ensured that we could fulfil our dream of kayaking. The other two opportunities I passed on because I wanted to dedicate full time on the Continental landings. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Shane Dolan - United States Of America

Kayaking is so much fun, they teach you everything you need to know even though you know already how to kayak, just to be safe. But you don’t know about conditions in Antartica, so they teach it, its awesome fun. TRY IT!! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Raquel & David Shulman - Canada

Customer Image

Kayaking in South Georgia where there were fur seals swimming under the kayak and penguins porpoising by was a real treat. We did have some magic moments besides the wildlife – like paddling through crackling ‘bergy’ bits on a beautiful day or seeing glaciers calve not very far from our kayaks.

Travelled: February 2018

Cindy & Nor - Washington

Customer Image

I’m so glad we kayaked: everyday finding ourselves engulfed by silence - nothing but the noise of slapping paddles, getting up front and personal with the whales. Watching the smile on my daughter’s face as she watched her dream come to fruition.

Travelled: December 2017

Sam - UK

Customer Image

Taking the kayaking option was maybe one of the best choices I've made for this trip. Sport, landscape, an amazing group of 20 travelers. An amazing team! Being surrounded by 20 humpback whales, cruising 1 meter below your kayak.

Travelled: March 2017

Adrien - France

Customer Image

Highlights were pushing through the ice while circumnavigating Cuverville Island and poking our noses into the Southern Ocean swells at Deception Island. We felt well supervised at all times even though we weren't particularly experienced.

Travelled: February 2017

Mike and Jane - UK

The highlights were seeing humpback whales at close quarters and paddling through brash ice.

Travelled: January 2017

Sandy & Tim - UK

Customer Image

Kayaking was brilliant - as two novices in our kayak, the instructor put us at ease and helped us have a great experience gently moving through the water, passing icebergs, watching calving and avalanches and having the most magical time.

Travelled: December 2016

Declan - UK

It was so much more than expected. Mountaineering was so satisfying, and kayaking was just so much fun. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2016

Anh Luong - United States Of America

One of the best moments while on the kayak was when we were surrounded by hundreds of gentoo penguins, which were in the water, swimming around us and jumping in and out of the water. Amazing experience.

Travelled: November 2016

Yevgeny - Rhode Island

Kayaking was definitely a highlight. GO KAYAKING!!

Travelled: November 2016

Mohammed - New York

I loved it - it was the most amazing place I have ever been to - the boat was just right, the staff, the crew, the talks - and the kayaking was beyond sublime.

Travelled: January 2016

Richard & Claire - UK

Review:

Kayaking

How does it work?

Kayaking in Antarctica

If you choose to experience kayaking in Antarctica as part of your voyage, you'll be offered kayaking excursions as much as conditions allow, up to twice a day depending on your kayaking package, and you can choose to take part in as many or as few as you like.

While the rest of the ship takes zodiacs out to landing sites, Antarctica kayak tours give you a chance to explore Antarctica from a unique perspective. You'll typically set off a little earlier and paddle for 2-3 hours out to the landing site meaning you'll arrive a little later and can explore with fewer people around, but will have less time on land. For many, that's more than compensated for by the experience of paddling around natural ice castles to get there!

What are the conditions like?

The waterways around the Antarctic Peninsula are very protected, so more often than not conditions are perfect for sea kayaking in Antarctica. Think glassy surface, clear waters, wildlife swimming under and around your kayak, and getting closer to icebergs than you'd thought was possible.

This is still Antarctica, and weather and ice conditions can change daily, so staying flexible is key (and very much all part of the adventure). Your kayaking guides are experienced and safety-oriented, and you'll be kept informed as they monitor the surroundings.

Kayaking in Antarctica
Swoop Says background image

Swoop says

You don't need to be able to do an eskimo roll to kayak in Antarctica, just some previous experience. The Peninsula's calm, protected waters make it very safe, and you'll always be accompanied by a guide and safety boat.

What does it cost?

Costs for Antarctica kayak tours vary from $695 - $1,600 per person, depending on which ship you join and the length of your expedition. While this may seem high compared with the more modest price for camping, bear in mind that you only camp once, but with kayaking, you could be out every day. The more often you join the kayaking excursions the more value you’ll get.

Kayaking in Antarctica on one of our Antarctica cruises

Kayaking off Cape Tuxen

Antarctic Voyages with Kayaking

Special Offers:Swoop has access to the widest range of offers and can help you find the right trip, cabin, & price.

Onto the Antarctic Ice

With three medium-sized expedition ships to pick from and regular departure dates throughout the season, this well-priced voyage is a popular option. Across striking landscapes and icy seas, your company includes penguins, seals, whales and skuas. For the adventurous, optional…

  • 10-13 Days
  • $10,050
Original Fly & Cruise Luxury Adventure

Fly over the Drake Passage in just 2 hours, both to and from Antarctica. ​Ideal for those ​wanting a high comfort level, but ​who have limited time or ​are ​anxious sailors. ​An outstanding program, successfully operated for over 15 seasons.​…

  • 8 Days
  • $15,295
Antarctic Explorer

The great strength of this trip is choice – a wide selection of departure dates and optional adventure activities available on a sleek purpose-built 138 passenger expedition ship. Spend four full days exploring Antarctica. Enjoy daily shore landings and zodiac…

  • 11 Days
  • $13,995
Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

Explore the White Continent onboard one of the newest additions to the Polar fleet, a state-of-the-art expedition vessel combining adventure with comfort. Limited to only 132 passengers, there’s also a wide range of optional adventure activities on this classic Antarctic…

  • 12-15 Days
  • $12,795
Swoop Says background image

Alex says

I have to stop myself getting a bit spiritual when someone asks me about kayaking in Antarctica. It's so quiet, paddling around icebergs and getting up close to wildlife. One whale was so close I nearly high-fived it as it rolled!

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Kayaking in Antarctica: FAQs

  • Do I need experience?

    Sea kayaking in Antarctica is open to anyone with an adventurous spirit, basic paddling skills and the ability to get themselves in and out of the cockpit of a kayak. You don't need to be super experienced, but you should have paddled before as this isn't a 'beginner's course'.

    Find out more about other adventure activities.

  • Will it be single or double kayaks?

    Double kayaks are preferred over single kayaks as they are more stable. If you're traveling alone, your guide will assign you a kayaking partner. Anyone wishing to have their own kayak will have to demonstrate their competency first, and it’s at the kayaking guide’s discretion.

  • Can my partner & I ‘share’ one kayaking place?

    Unfortunately this isn’t possible for a few practical reasons:

    • Your kayaking kit will be selected to your size
    • The kayak will also be set up to your own specifications
    • Anyone joining the party half way through won’t have received the safety briefs
    • Only people who sign up for kayaking can undertake this activity
  • Is there kayaking in South Georgia?

    For those people undertaking a longer voyage with South Georgia, kayaking is available but isn’t as widely offered as kayaking in Antarctica. The kayaking here is also more challenging and weather more of a factor.

  • What happens if I fall in?

    Togged out in a drysuit and wearing a buoyancy aid you’re in little danger and typically people get straight back into their kayak with the help of the support zodiac.

  • What kit is provided?

    In most occasions, you'll be provided with a full dry suit, neoprene boots, a waterproof dry bag, 'pogies' (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle) and a life vest. You need to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a warm hat and layers for under your suit.

    When on the move, you may get warmer than you thought, so leave some extra layers on the safety zodiac boat to wear once you get onto shore.

Kayaking in Antarctica with a minke whale

Paddling

What is the difference between booking paddling versus kayaking?

If you want to try kayaking in Antarctica just once rather than committing to multiple sessions as part of a full kayaking program, some ships offer an alternative opportunity. This activity option is often known as "paddling" rather than kayaking.  A paddling session is generally a one-off undertaking, involving kayaking for approximately 60-90 mins. They offer a way to make some fantastic memories without making kayaking a focus of your trip. 

These one-off paddling trips are often more suitable for less experienced kayakers as they operate at a gentler pace and cover less ground. This can be a fantastic way to enjoy the icy ambience and unique experience of kayaking in polar waters. Full kayaking programmes generally require a higher level of experience, fitness and confidence on the water, so are not always a good match for everyone. 

On some - but not all - ships there may also be a difference in the kayaking equipment used. With paddling programs, there are some that use sit-on top inflatable kayaks rather than sit-in sea kayaks.  

It is important to note that we do not recommend Antarctica as a place for first time kayakers; even the less demanding one-off paddling sessions will expect you to have a reasonable understanding of the basics, such as comfortably getting into and out of a kayak and using paddles to propel yourself.

How does it work?

Some ships offer both a full kayaking programme plus an additional one-off paddling opportunity to cater to all abilities and interests. Other ships may only offer one activity or the other. Your Swoop specialist will be able to provide advice on which ships and voyages will be the best fit for your requirements and abilities. 

Depending on the ship, the paddle activity is sometimes available to pre-book at the time of confirming your cabin. Other ships only allow you to sign up once you are on board. The latter can sometimes be heavily subscribed and if so, generally places will be allocated in a lottery system. This means that all interested parties will have their names put into a hat (couples/friends in the same kayak stay linked) and then the first bunch of names drawn will go in the first group, second bunch will go at the next available paddling opportunity and so on, until they have worked through all those signed up. However, there is a possibility that if the weather is unfavourable and limits paddling opportunities, some may not get the opportunity to go out. 

For both the full kayaking program or a paddle session you will be required to attend a mandatory briefing once on board. Here the kayak guides will talk through how the activity works, give important safety advice, ask participants about their prior experience and walk you through the kit you will wear in the kayak. This is a great opportunity to ask questions or discuss any concerns you may have.

What are conditions like?

As mentioned above, conditions in Antarctica can be hugely variable. Due to the limited experience of many in the paddling sessions, the guides are looking for good, calm conditions to operate the session comfortably and safely. On ships with dual programs, it is possible that the more experienced full kayaking group may go out where the paddle session is postponed. 

What does it cost?

Some ships include the cost of a one-off paddling session in the price of the trip. For those that do charge an additional fee, costs can vary from $295-350 per person. We think this is a great value for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

If you are active, another fantastic option is to sample a taster of paddling alongside a wide range of other activities which are all included in the voyage price, then consider the Antarctic Basecamp Adventure, a voyage packed with adventurous activities.

Antarctic Voyages with Paddling

Special Offers:Swoop has access to the widest range of offers and can help you find the right trip, cabin, & price.

Antarctic Peninsula Classic

Travelling on board this extremely comfortable ship, explore the highlights of the peninsula with a top class expedition team. Spacious cabins, delicious cuisine and optional adventure activities all help create this ideal marriage of comfort and…

  • 12-13 Days
  • $10,145
Antarctic Explorer in Style

For those travellers prioritising real comfort and ease of travel logistics, this is a great option. Travel in style aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship, with heli-sightseeing available on select departures for a unique bird's-eye view of Antarctica. Plus the comprehensive…

  • 11-12 Days
  • $16,390
Antarctic Explorer

The great strength of this trip is choice – a wide selection of departure dates and optional adventure activities available on a sleek purpose-built 138 passenger expedition ship. Spend four full days exploring Antarctica. Enjoy daily shore landings and zodiac…

  • 11 Days
  • $13,995
South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage

A classic 10-day voyage to the White Continent. Perfect for those wanting great value and comfortable accommodation. Sail aboard a purpose-built X-bow expedition ship with an average of 175…

  • 9-12 Days
  • $10,195
Ultimate Luxury Antarctic Fly & Cruise

For those travellers looking for seamless travel on a trip that is hassle-free and all-inclusive, this is the perfect option. Skip over the notorious Drake Passage on a comfortable two hour flight to Antarctica, then travel onboard a state-of-the-art mega…

  • 7 Days
  • $20,485
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula

Travelling aboard a state-of-the-art small ship and accompanied by unparalleled onboard expertise, expeditionary cruising doesn’t get much better. Regular departures throughout the season and a choice of three outstanding ships renowned for their comfort, enhanced safety features and spirit of…

  • 12 Days
  • $16,810
Antarctic Basecamp Adventure

The ultimate Antarctic adventure, this trip is specifically for the active traveller. Spend 7 days kayaking, hiking, camping, mountaineering and snowshoeing, all included in the price. A medium-sized expedition ship acts as your floating ‘basecamp’. Great value for money backed…

  • 13 Days
  • $10,200

More Adventure Activities in Antarctica

Scuba diving in Antarctica

Scuba Diving in Antarctica

The pristine waters of Antarctica offer divers not only ice and interesting marine life but also the possibility of interaction with wildlife. While a scuba diving trip in …

Discover More

Antarctic Adventure Activities

Simply getting to Antarctica is a big enough adventure for many, but for those who really want to maximise their Antarctic experience there are some outstanding adventure activities to consider. Many of the Antarctic voyages we offer provide these as optional adventure add-ons.

More about Adventure Activities

Ready to plan your Antarctic adventure?

1
Listen

Listen

We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.

2
Match

Match

Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.

3
Reserve

Reserve

We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

With over 150 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.

1-855-369-8288