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Kayaking in the Arctic

  • Kayaking in the Arctic

Make your journey to the Arctic extra special by opting to go sea kayaking. You can enjoy the polar environment from a completely different perspective, for a more intimate experience as you bob through the waves. Gliding silently among the ice floes, you might be very lucky and have a close encounter with an inquisitive whale or seal. Accompanied by an experienced leader, you will kayak in a group to small bays and areas known for their calmer waters. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment.

Kayaking is offered as an optional extra (subject to availability) on all Arctic voyages aboard the M/S Expedition (except Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears - ELN). We use twin kayaks. Each time you go kayaking you will forgo a trip in the Zodiac inflatable boats. Kayaking costs £429 per person. This optional extra is only available if you book it prior to your departure and you must book it directly with the ship's operator. Space is limited – so book as soon as possible to secure your place!

NB: kayaking excursions are dependent on the weather but you can expect to kayak around four times per voyage for about one to two hours each time. We strongly recommend that only those with some previous kayaking experience take this option and that you get some extra practice before departing. However, you don’t need to know how to roll a kayak or do a self-rescue. Professional guides will be on hand to assist you. The maximum hip width that will fit into the kayaks is 40cm; please ensure that you are this size or smaller before you book this activity.

What to bring
If you opt to go kayaking, you will be required to bring suitable clothing in order to take part; it is extremely important to be able to stay warm and dry. The loan of a waterproof paddling suit and safety vest is included in the price; the provider will need to know what size you will require. Full details will be provided on request from the ship's operator.