One of the great activities we managed to do while in Antarctica was kayaking through the icebergs. The crew had organized trips throughout the trip, but due to the high demand, they put on five separate tours and we were in the last group, but I’m sure they saved the best till last.
The kayaks we were put in were real kayaks, not these ones that you can rent from the surf store. These ones had a rudder (for steering) that was controlled by foot pedals. They were big doubles, meaning Thuymi and myself can be in the same one!
We were send into the clothing room where we changed into these super insulated full body jackets that were fully water proof. We looked like rubber giants in these but they made sure that we were very warm inside.
After a safety debrief and instructions on how to optimize our time in the water, we were off. The line of kayaks made its way, winding through icy waters, weaving through blocks of ice. The view of the clear freezing water as we paddled was interesting as we could see the ocean surface and all the formations that lie underneath.
We paddled around and gave us a chance to observe wildlife close up, especially birds. We stopped in front of a Blue Eyed Shag colony and watched as they collected seaweed for their nest. We also observed penguins jumping in to the water and leaping out again with a care free attitude and oblivious to the freezing cold. As we made our way back to the boat the snow began to fall which was the perfect finish to our kayak expedition.
Being in the kayaks gave us a unique opportunity to be on water level watching this fantastic continent come alive with the wildlife around us.
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