Active in Antarctica

Camping, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountaineering & Kayaking in Antarctica

Kayaking in Antarctica


Cross-country skiing in AntarcticaActive travelers, we’ve got you covered! While you’re likely interested in visiting  Antarctica for a variety of reasons—to see its amazing and prolific wildlife, marvel at its otherworldly landscapes, set foot on the “7th Continent,” curiosity, bragging rights, etc.—there’s another reason to go: active adventures! Now there are even more options for the active traveler: kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and mountaineering.


Here are some important things to know about the activities offered on our trips:

  1. Adventure activities are always optional. Most are accessible to anyone who is physically fit and active
  2. There may be limited space for some activities—like kayaking—so it’s always good to check availability at the time you book your trip
  3. Not all of our cruises offer these activities
  4. Past experience is helpful, but not necessarily required
  5. There is an additional fee to participate in some activities
  6. Equipment is provided for most activities, but supplies may be limited (or limited sizes may be available)
  7. If you’re interested in participating in optional activities, be sure to ask for details before booking your trip. We want to be sure you can participate in your chosen activities!



It’s an undeniable thrill to paddle quietly along the amazing coastal landscapes of Antarctica. These days most expedition ships carry a fleet of sea kayaks and offer optional kayaking to passengers. All necessary equipment is provided along with instruction from a qualified kayak leader. Imagine kayaking in Antarctica—gliding past a large penguin rookery or paddling through a maze of small icebergs.


Camping in AntarcticaSome may call you crazy for camping in Antarctica, but those who have done it know the magic of waking up, unzipping their tent, and looking at the breaking of a new day in Antarctica! Don’t worry, your ship will have all the gear to make your overnight stay on land as warm and comfortable as possible. All you need to bring is an adventurous attitude and a willingness to try something pretty spectacular!

Cross-country Skiing

If you’re ready for some cardio work in Antarctica, this may be the perfect activity for you. Strap on a pair of XC skis and start “schussing” on the 7th Continent. Wherever you may have skied before, it’s likely it won’t come close to the experience of cross-country skiing in Antarctica!

Snowshoeing & Hiking

Venture a little farther than the rest of the passengers when you go ashore. Depending on snow conditions at your landing site, you may be able to hike or snowshoe during one or more shore excursions. Often, we’ll hike up small bluffs to get exceptional views of the area where our ship has anchored. It’s a great way to get some exercise while taking in the beauty of this unique and remote environment.


Antarctica is full of glaciers and some of our excursions venture into areas where crevasses are present. For safety, we’ll rope up and use crampons when traveling in these areas. No prior experience is necessary to participate and most of the specialty equipment needed will be supplied. You simply need to be in good enough physical shape to walk for a couple of hours—and have a great desire to see more of Antarctica!

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