There are worse places to be than gliding silently at water level amongst the icebergs, seals, and penguins of Antarctica. Exploring narrow and shallow passages that not even the zodiacs can pass through. Weaving through the brash ice. Looking down through the crystal-clear water. Drifting quietly by a leopard seal lounging on a small iceberg. Craning your neck as precarious glacier cliffs tower above. Watching the playful penguins dart underneath the kayaks. Bracing yourself for a possible dunking as massive, curious elephant seals come up to nibble on the rudder. And if the breeze is in just the right direction and the ice carved just so, you might just be able to hear the icebergs sing.
Kayaking isn’t an option on every Antarctic cruise expedition, and it’s not going to be for everyone, but it is an wonderful and peaceful way to experience the stunning landscape and wildlife of the Antarctica Peninsula up close.
Guidebooks for Antarctica
If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Antarctica. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.
- Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbuck, Cathy Brown
- Publisher: Lonely Planet
- Bradt Travel Guides
- Tony Soper
- Antarctica Cruising Guide Includes Antarctic Peninsula Falkland Islands South Georgia and Ross Sea
- Peter Carey, Craig Franklin
- Antarctic Wildlife A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species of the Antarctic and Subantarctic...
- James Kavanagh, Waterford Press
- Lonely Planet
- Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbuck