Hiking - Antarctic

Hiking in the polar regions differs from your typical trail experience. Here, in a tree-less terrain, you are the tallest figure on the landscape as you walk over spongy tundra, crusty snow or sandy beaches in remotes parts of the Arctic and Antarctica. Stepping ashore anywhere in the polar regions means you’re not a distant observer.

Our organized hikes range from short jaunts to the top of lookouts or visits to see wildlife or longer walks of several kilometers over ice and rock and snow. Hiking excursions may last from two to three hours with plenty of time for photographs of wildlife, learning moments from your experienced guides, or just time to stand back and admire the incredible polar surroundings.

No experience is necessary but participants should be able to get in and out of a Zodiac and walk on uneven terrain. Hiking options are tailored to all interests and abilities, from those who want to contemplate the landscape in silence to photographers who want that perfect image to energetic travelers who want to summit a peak in the hopes of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat.

Equipment you’ll be provided with for hiking outings

  • Trekking poles are available upon request
  • Bring your Quark Parka and collapsible water bottle provided at embarkation (they’re yours to keep)
  • Muck boots (loaned to you for the duration of your expedition)

Other recommended gear/clothing

  • Base and mid-layer clothing
  • Waterproof breathable pants
  • Wool or synthetic hiking socks
  • Warm hat
  • Brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof and sunscreen and lip balm (minimum SPF 30)
  • Backpack, preferably water-resistant (or with a rain cover)
  • Warm gloves
  • Camera and accessories
Passengers hiking in the Antarctic Peninsula, photo by David Merron

Passengers hiking in the Antarctic Peninsula, photo by David Merron

Passengers hiking in the Antarctic Peninsula, photo by David Merron

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