Kayaking/Camping - Antarctica Extras. Are they worth it?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 5:33 PM Last Post By: bitsmart
Jul 19, 2012 11:40 AM
Kayaking/Camping - Antarctica Extras. Are they worth it?I have the great good fortune to be going to Antarctica in Jan 2013.
The tour company I am going with offers Kayaking & Camping trips as extra excursions. However they're not cheap and they HAVE to be booked in advance so I can't make up my mind based on how I feel when I get there.
Has anyone done these? Are they worth it?
Thanks in advance!
Jul 20, 2012 5:20 AM
1OP obviously I can't say whether your experience will be the same, but I went with Peregrine and took the kayaking option (camping was free) and it was sensationally good.
I have ocean kayaked before in Alaska, New Zealand and Australia but this wasn't just streets ahead of that , it was several junctions up the motorway.
Amongst the notable incidents where when a pod of killer whales drove some seals towards us and caught one right in front of us. A leopard seal swam with us for 5 minutes, a pod of minke whales spent an hour playing around us , there were penguins,, whales and seals everywhere, it was just unbelievably good.
The sleeping on the snow was a bit of fun, it was a nice change from a cramped cabin, but I wouldn't have been put out if we hadn't have done it.
So my advice is yes go for it
Sep 13, 2012 9:54 PM
Nov 1, 2012 5:33 PM
3I have camped in Antarctica and, hands down, I would recommend it! We experienced wildlife (seals and penguins) and it was different than all the other times we landed / cruised on the zodiacs. For one, we had more than enough time to spend - nowhere to go, no time barriers.
In case you do decide to go camping, make sure you take some extra clothing with you (you start loosing your body heat and there really isn't a way to gain it back other than wearing extra clothes when you start to get cold). All in all, it is worth the shivering and the extra $$.
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