Antarctic Peninsula - 11-12 day voyages with 5-7 days kayaking; Departures: November to March; Cost: From US$10,550
South Georgia, Falkland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula - 15-18 day voyages with 7-9 days kayaking; Departures: November to March; Cost: From US$12,350
Antarctica is the most humbling and powerful place on the planet and to see it by kayak is an experience of a lifetime. Each day holds unexpected wonders, from encounters with whales to serene paddles through narrow fjords dwarfed by enormous icebergs. Paddlers can choose to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea or South Georgia and the Falkland Islands on a number of voyages operating between November to March, the southern hemisphere’s spring, summer and autumn. These stunning landscapes awake from winter and become wildlife sanctuaries as penguins, seals, sea birds and whales arrive to feed and breed. The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast offers ice-clad peaks towering over a maze of protected channels, the east coast a vast icecap and strange, fossil-rich islands. South Georgia, in the South Atlantic, is a wildlife oasis, with colonies of thousands of seals and penguins offering amazing wildlife encounters.
These polar kayaking adventures take place aboard the mother-ship, Polar Pioneer, home to Southern Sea Ventures' fleet of sturdy plastic kayaks. If you choose to paddle in Antarctica, you’ll be a member of a small select paddling group that is accompanied by a dedicated kayak guide. You’ll have the option to kayak every day that conditions permit—or even twice a day—while you are in the Peninsula. These are small-ship expedition cruises rather than fully programmed tours, and each Antarctic sea kayaking trip is guaranteed to have new and exciting experiences. Voyages range from 11 and 12 day Antarctic Peninsula trips to 18 and 20 day voyages combining the Peninsula and South Georgia. Paddlers can choose Fly & Sail voyages, removing one sea leg, appealing to those who’d prefer just one crossing of the Drake Passage. For your South Georgia voyage, you can choose to fly in from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile, to meet your ship in the Falkland’s capital and finish by sailing to Puerto Williams in Chile or Ushuaia in Argentina. Travel time to the Antarctic Peninsula is cut by at least a day when you fly from Punta Arenas, Chile, to King George Island on the Peninsula’s northern tip or vice versa. No matter what voyage you choose, you’re sure to experience the trip of a lifetime!