SEA KAYAK ACTIVITIES IN POLAR REGIONS

If you’re looking to add a world-class adventure experience to your Polar Regions trip-of-a-lifetime aboard Sea Spirit, then Poseidon Sea Kayak Club may be the perfect choice for you. Paddle in our top-quality kayaks with our professional guides and discover the polar paradise of your dreams!

Sea Kayak Club is available on selected voyages of Sea Spirit to Antarctica and the Arctic. This is a limited-availability optional activity that has certain joining and membership requirements. Please see our How to Join and FAQ pages for more information.

Kayaking in Antarctica

Price for Antarctic cruises 2018/19 & 2019/20:
$795 - A$1075 - £610 on Antarctic Peninsula voyages
$895 - A$1210 - £690 on South Georgia and Falkland Islands voyages

Antarctica is a paddlers’ paradise. Sea Kayak Club members will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and porpoising penguins while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains.

Take a look below at our list of upcoming Antarctica voyages to discover when we offer this amazing adventure opportunity! Please contact our office for availability.

Destination Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands
Puerto Madryn (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
20 Oct - 08 Nov 2018 20 Sea Kayak Club Photography
$ 9 995
per person
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
07 Nov - 27 Nov 2018 21 Sea Kayak Club Photography
$ 13 395
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
26 Nov - 06 Dec 2018 11 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
$ 6 495
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
05 Dec - 16 Dec 2018 12 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
$ 8 595
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
15 Dec - 27 Dec 2018 13 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
$ 9 895
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
26 Dec - 06 Jan 2019 12 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
$ 9 395
per person
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Ushuaia (Argentina) - Ushuaia (Argentina)
05 Jan - 25 Jan 2019 21 Sea Kayak Club Photography
$ 15 995
per person

Kayaking in the Arctic

Price for Arctic cruises 2018 & 2019:
$655 - A$885 - £505

Sea Kayak Club is typically offered on voyages that include High Arctic destinations such as Greenland, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Franz Josef Land, or a combination of these thrilling places. Experience calving glaciers in Svalbard, cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, all from our sturdy and stealthy sea kayaks. Join us for an unscripted kayaking adventure as we explore rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have ever paddled.

Take a look below at our list of upcoming Arctic voyages to discover when we offer this amazing adventure opportunity! Please contact our office for availability.

Destination Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
13 Jun - 22 Jun 2019 10 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 6 495
$ 5 846
per person
West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
21 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 10 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 6 495
$ 5 846
per person
West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
29 Jun - 10 Jul 2019 12 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 7 595
$ 6 836
per person
Franz Josef Land Archipelago
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
01 Aug - 14 Aug 2019 14 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 9 795
$ 8 816
per person
Franz Josef Land Archipelago
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
13 Aug - 26 Aug 2019 14 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 9 795
$ 8 816
per person
East Greenland
Reykjavik (Iceland) - Reykjavik (Iceland)
06 Sep - 16 Sep 2019 11 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 5 995
$ 5 396
per person
East Greenland
Reykjavik (Iceland) - Reykjavik (Iceland)
15 Sep - 25 Sep 2019 11 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 5 995
$ 5 396
per person
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If you enjoy sea kayaking, then don’t miss your chance to join Poseidon Sea Kayak Club on one of our incredible Arctic or Antarctica voyages. Please read on to discover how you can secure your spot on this extraordinary adventure!

Sea Kayak Club is offered to adult kayakers who are ready to put their skills to the test in an extreme environment. Members must be in good health, have appropriate physical fitness, have previous kayaking experience, and be in command of the English language. More information about membership requirements can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Space in Sea Kayak Club is limited to 8 kayakers per voyage in the Arctic and 16 kayakers per voyage in Antarctica. Sea Kayak Club is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your spot we recommend that you sign up at the time of booking your voyage. Please contact us to learn if there is availability in Sea Kayak Club on the voyage of your choice. If Sea Kayak Club is already full for your voyage, you can opt to join a Waiting List.

Complete rules and detailed information about Sea Kayak Club can be viewed and downloaded here:

Sea Kayak Club Frequently Asked Questions

Sea Kayak Club Preparation Notes

Sea Kayak Club Terms and Conditions

Sea Kayak Club Liability Waiver

We look forward to welcoming you to the club!

Sea Kayak Club is the name of the sea kayaking option offered on selected Sea Spirit voyages with Poseidon Expeditions. Participants have the opportunity to experience the thrill and tranquility of sea kayaking in the Polar Regions as part of a guided paddling group. Sea Kayak Club is a genuine small-group experience and a memorable adventure in a unique and stunning wilderness setting.

Totally amazing. Words are insufficient to describe it. The Polar Regions offer some of the most interesting, demanding, and rewarding sea kayaking opportunities on the planet. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then sea kayaking in the Polar Regions is an experience not to be missed. However, contrary to what some people say, it is not «the only way to experience the Polar Regions». Whatever way you choose to experience these incredible places, it will be totally amazing.

Sea Kayak Club is designed for recreational sea kayakers who are ready to challenge themselves in an extreme environment under the supervision of our professional sea kayak guides. With adequate preparation, just about anyone possessing a reasonable level of fitness and coordination, a positive and flexible attitude, and a passion for real adventure will find value in the program.

Sea Kayak Club is limited to 8 participants per voyage in the Arctic and 16 participants per voyage in Antarctica.

Space in the program is limited, so to secure your spot we recommend that you sign up at the time of booking your voyage. The option can be added after booking your voyage, but there is the chance it will already be sold out by then.

Safety is our top priority. We have a comprehensive Risk Management Strategy that exceeds industry standards. An important component of this strategy is our policy requiring that kayakers meet certain fitness, health, experience, age, and language requirements. However, we would be remiss not to mention that the Polar Regions are some of the most remote and inhospitable environments on Earth, and that sea kayaking is an inherently risky activity.

All participants are expected to come with at least some relevant kayaking experience. By «relevant» we do not necessarily mean experience kayaking on the sea. Rather we simply mean experience in a sea kayak, even if it was in fresh water. A «sea kayak» is a sit-inside kayak where you wear a spray skirt to prevent water from entering your cockpit—as opposed to a «sit-on-top» kayak or canoe. You do not necessarily need to have experience on coastal waters or in rough conditions. We simply expect you to be familiar and confident with paddling a sea kayak. If you feel safe and confident in a sea kayak, and you genuinely enjoy paddling for its own sake, then you are ready for Sea Kayak Club. Even still, it cannot hurt to get more experience. The more skill and experience you have, the more you will get out of your adventure with us. We recommend, regardless of your previous experience, that you refresh and improve your skills by taking sea kayaking lessons appropriate to your level. Practice basic paddle strokes and make sure you can perform an emergency «wet exit» if the need arises. Learning self-rescue techniques will boost your confidence, but we do not require you to have these skills. You do not need to know how to perform a roll.

If you have no kayaking experience at the time of your booking, you will need to acquire some before you join us. If you are reasonably fit and in good health, then you should be able to meet the experience requirement quickly. The quickest and most effective way to gain experience and skills is to take sea kayaking lessons. Be sure to learn basic paddle strokes and how to perform an emergency «wet exit». We then recommend you rent a sea kayak occasionally to practice your skills. The more practice you get beforehand, the more you will enjoy your time with us.

Sea kayaking is a physical activity that requires strength and stamina. Therefore, Sea Kayak Club participants are expected to be reasonably fit. As a general rule, anyone who engages regularly in physical outdoor activities, such as hiking and paddling, will meet the requirement. As a practical test, make sure you have the strength and agility to lunge yourself out of a pool without the use of a ladder. You must also be able to swim.

Good health is necessary for your safety and enjoyment in Sea Kayak Club. If you have any of the medical conditions or problems listed in our «Medical Information Form», please get a statement from your doctor indicating that you are able safely to engage in sea kayaking activities. For more information, please see the Sea Kayak Club Terms and Conditions, available on our How to Join page.

Sea Kayak Club participants must be at least 16 years old at the time of their voyage. Children who are under age 18 at the time of their voyage are allowed to participate in Sea Kayak Club only if they are accompanied and supervised at all times during kayaking activities by a parent or representative as per Poseidon Expeditions’ Child Policy.

Sea Kayak Club is conducted in English only. For the safety and enjoyment of the entire group, it is required that all participants be able to understand and respond to kayaking instructions in English.

The number of kayaking opportunities on your voyage will depend on the itinerary, as well as weather and ice conditions. Your expedition leader and kayak guides will determine which excursions are appropriate for kayaking based on observed and expected conditions, site suitability, and other factors. A reasonable expectation would be around three to five opportunities during your voyage, but there are no guarantees.

Paddling times and distances vary between voyages and between excursions. On any given kayaking session you will be on the water for between one and three hours and you may paddle as many as six nautical miles (10 kilometers). Our purpose will not be to paddle a marathon, but the more we paddle the more we will see and experience. Your kayak guides will discuss anticipated times and distances prior to each paddling excursion. However, your kayak adventures may end up being unscripted and spontaneous, depending on ice, weather, and wildlife.

Sea kayaking is a great way to experience ice in the Polar Regions. On most of our polar voyages ice is encountered as a matter of course, especially in Antarctica. However, be aware that ice is not encountered in the Falkland Islands and only rarely around South Georgia Island. If you are interested in seeing large icebergs, then the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as Greenland, will likely have what you are looking for. Spitsbergen does not have many large icebergs but it is a place where you may see calving glaciers and sea ice.

Icebergs and glaciers are spellbinding natural features of incredible beauty. They can also be deceptively enormous and highly unstable. Despite their apparent serenity and repose, they present the most formidable hazard encountered by sea kayakers in the Polar Regions. Therefore, there will be strict limits on how close you are allowed to approach icebergs and glaciers. Staying safe around ice is a matter of careful judgment which will be the responsibility of your kayak guides. You will be required to stay with your paddling group and to obey all instructions given by your kayak guides. All that being said, you do not have to be very close to these features to appreciate their immensity and otherworldly beauty. You will get plenty close enough.

One of the objectives of Sea Kayak Club is to encounter unique Polar Regions wildlife in its natural habitat. Seeing a whale or other marine mammal from a kayak is an unforgettable experience. However, kayakers do not necessarily get closer to wildlife than do other cruise passengers. The chances of having a close encounter with a whale or seal are about the same whether you are in a kayak or in a Zodiac. Kayakers simply tend to have more intimate and personal experiences. Kayakers are required to follow IAATO / AECO guidelines concerning distances to wildlife. Under no circumstances will we approach a Polar Bear in the water.

You will be required to stay with your paddling group. Together you will have the freedom to explore a wide area and to take advantage of good kayaking locations and conditions that may exist away from the ship. We realize that solitude and quietude are important aspects of the paddling experience for many kayakers. When deemed safe and appropriate by your guides, you may be given leave to venture farther away from the group. In addition, on various other occasions, «quiet time» will be established so that everyone can appreciate the remarkable peace and quiet of the polar wilderness.

Sea kayaking is offered at the same time as other activities, such as Zodiac cruising and shore landings. Occasionally kayaking can be combined with these activities; other times you will have a choice to make. On excursions where it is offered, kayaking is optional to each participant individually. Your kayak guides will hold pre-excursion meetings to help you choose your activity, with the aim that over the course of the voyage you will achieve your preferred balance of shore landings, Zodiac cruises, and kayaking sessions.

Paddling conditions will vary. Calm conditions are likely to exist in some of the protected bays and fjords we visit. However, it is also possible to encounter strong winds and seas with moderate chop and swell. Water and air temperatures will both be around 0°C (32°F). Kayaking will not be initiated if conditions seem to pose an unacceptable risk, but in the Polar Regions there is always the possibility of rough weather developing suddenly and without warning while you are out on the water.

Sea kayaking will give you a unique perspective from which to capture incredible photos of Polar Regions scenery and wildlife. You will be provided with a small waterproof dry bag so you can take your compact digital camera with you kayaking. Large SLR cameras are cumbersome to carry and difficult to keep dry inside a kayak, and are therefore not recommended for use while kayaking. If you have a small waterproof camera, consider bringing a pole attachment that allows you to operate your camera underwater while keeping your hands dry. You will have many chances to take photos from your kayak, but please keep in mind that the best use of your camera will be to record the adventure and to capture magnificent moments as they come. There will be plenty of time to organize professional photo opportunities during your voyage while on the ship, on shore, or on a Zodiac cruise.

Participants use Prijon Excursion EVO double sea kayaks with rudder steering. These tough, stable kayaks are ideal for occasional rough conditions and paddling through brash ice.

Each part of the Antarctica season has something special to offer kayakers. The early summer months (November and December) see the most ice. The late summer months (January and February) are the best months to see whales. Inclement weather in March can make for less frequent kayaking, but the whale watching is at its prime. Seals and penguins can be encountered all season.

Sea kayaking in the Arctic is equally amazing all season long (May through September).

All passengers on Sea Spirit voyages to Antarctica must purchase travel medical insurance which should include emergency evacuation and repatriation. We recommend coverage of at least USD 200,000 for voyages to Antarctica. Passengers participating in Sea Kayak Club must ensure that their policy does not exclude kayaking. Travel medical insurance including emergency evacuation and repatriation that covers kayaking is included for passengers on Sea Spirit voyages to the Arctic. If you wish to purchase your own insurance for your Arctic voyage, we recommend a coverage of at least USD 150,000 and you must ensure that it does not exclude kayaking.

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