Ski Trekking

An Antarctic cruise sounds pretty cool. It’s something you haven’t done before. It’s something nobody you know has done before. It’s unusual. It’s an adventure. But… what will you do when you get there? Isn’t it all just ice and snow and more ice and snow?

It turns out there’s all sorts of activities you get to try out when you reach the south end of our lovely little planet. Here’s a list naming just 8 of the adventures for you to experience.

Hiking and snowshoeing

Hiking and snowshoeing is an activity offered by almost any cruise (but not every cruise – make sure you do a wee bit of research first).

Usually you’ll be offered a variety of hikes growing in difficulty. They’ll range from an easy stroll along the Antarctic shores up to rugged walks that can take half a day across uneven ground with an amazing vista as a reward at the end of all that huffing and puffing.

Kayaking

Quite a few Antarctic cruises offer you the chance to hop in a kayak and paddle around in a sheltered bay. Kayaking itself is fun and relatively easy to learn, but its awesome factor grows exponentially as you pair it with the location. You’ll get the chance to check out seals sunning themselves on ice flows or penguins making goo-goo eyes at each other by the millions. You might even get the chance to get up close to one of Mother Nature’s greatest works of art – icebergs.

Mountaineering

Mountaineering has one foot in the hike category – you’ll generally have to walk a bit to get to the mountains. But once you’re there you’ll be strapping on some crampons (spikes that attach to your boots) and you’ll follow your experienced guide up to where you can get a higher view. You’re definitely going to want to bring a camera.

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