Antarctica Activities

All Antarctica cruises we offer are active trips that allow guests to get off the ship for daily excursions when in destination, conditions permitting. In addition to the included shore landings and zodiac cruises, most ships and voyages offer adventure options for those looking to get in some different activities in Antarctica.

Below are the most popular optional adventure activities on Antarctica expedition cruises. From kayaking alongside porpoising penguins, overnighting on the ice, hiking to the top of a peak or taking a helicopter to an untouched lookout point, there are a lot of activities to choose from depending on the trip and ship.

Are optional adventure activities an additional cost?

This depends on the ship and voyage but on the most trips adventure options are an extra cost.

Do I need to book optional activities in advance or can I book onboard?

Advanced reservations are required for most voyages as the spots are limited and do sell out far in advance. We recommend booking adventure options spots when making your voyage reservation.

Do I need previous experience for any activities?

Yes, for your own enjoyment and safety most full kayaking programs require previous sea kayaking experience. Most paddling options with more stable sit on top inflatable kayaks do not require experience. Specialty activities such as mountaineering and ski/snowboard touring may also require experience.

I know I want to kayak and camp in Antarctica. How can I find a trip that offers both?

You can find a list of voyages offering any specific adventure options by using our Trip Search tool. Once on the Trip Search page, click on “Activities” and then select your preferred adventure options. Contact us to check availability for adventure options on any particular trip.

When is the best time for camping in Antarctica?

Camping is best during the first half of the season (November – mid January) when there is more snow around the landing sites.