Worth every penny! The sea kayaking option to add-on to my G Adventures Antarctica cruise wasn’t cheap, but I enjoyed my last kayaking holiday in Greece and decided it would be worth paying the extra to have a slightly different view of Antarctica, along with a bit of exercise on the trip. With expectations of being able to have 4-6 kayaking sessions, the weather on our cruise was fantastic and we were able to paddle for 8 of the excursions. In addition, most of the time we were able to do the regular landings that the rest of the boat got to do – so we had almost 40% more time off the boat! From kayaking alongside humpbacks, leopard seals, penguins and numerous icebergs, in conditions from sunshine to sleet, wind and rain, our kayaking expeditions covered everything!
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Some small things that would have been good to know before I embarked:
1. Bring a pair of dishwashing gloves. These fit over liners and under the pogies that you use to hold the paddle, and whilst they didn’t stop me getting completely wet, they helped a lot! Luckily another kayaker lent me a spare pair!
2. Bring handwarmers. This was a fantastic tip from Luann, one of the guides. Simply slot them in between liner and kitchen gloves. They certainly kept me cosy – only wish I knew the tip sooner!
3. Bring a waterproof camera. Whilst for the first few days I managed with my small point and shoot (wrapped in a plastic bag) – it did get wet – and took time to get out. A fellow traveller then lent me their waterproof camera and from then I didn’t feel I was missing out on any shots (thanks Ian and Judy).
4. Bring a head camera. This was something I hadn’t seen, but the people who had these head cameras caught so much more footage – including the one ice calving we saw – while the rest of us recorded a mental image only.
5. Wear a bright coloured hat. This makes it easier to identify photos that other people may have taken of you – especially if they are taken from on deck.