Sea Kayaking in Antarctica
Location: ArgentinaBig statement but I have to say that sea kayaking is the single greatest travel experience I've ever done. The experience of penguins and seals swimming alongside you, or navigating your way around a maze of beautiful icebergs was like nothing else in the world.
View of Madder Cliffs from my kayak. Check out the weather! This was our first kayak expedition - on Xmas Day! Probably the best Xmas we've ever had.
I think this is Devil Island which we circumnavigated. Photo doesn't cpature it but the cliff on the right is about 1000 metres high. And this was just after we had weaved our way through a maze of icebergs. Solan (one of our expedition leaders) rated it amongst his top 2 kayak trips ever.
Solan weaving his way around an iceberg. Had to be careful not to get too close to the berg in case it suddenly turned over and capsized us.
This probably sums up my Antarctica experience - penguins, landscape and kayaking.
Some of us on the zodiac on the way back in. Launching our kayaks involved us getting on the zodiacs, being taken out in the middle of nowhere and one by one, being loaded onto our respective kayaks. As someone who had only been kayaking once before this was scare at first but good fun in the end.
I remember after I took this shot that I just let my kayak drift for a while amongst the icebergs. Great time to soak up the sun, the fresh air and the beautiful feeling of being isolated from the rest of the world.
Sometimes the kayaking group would also go onshore for a shore landing. This provided us with a great chance to observe penguins in isolation. Just before this we had been blown onshore by winds which increased from 10 to 30 knots in a matter of minutes.
There was only 16 people in the kayaking group which made the whole experience a bit more intimate and special.
Kerryn seak kayaking - note how clam the water is.
Solan and Mo with us. They are such a cool couple with great jobs. Imagine going sea kayaking all year round in both the Antarctic as well as the Arctic (or Norway).
Going through Antarctic Sound. This was taken at 6am -nice thing to wake up to