By on August 23, 2016

I never thought I would be able to say this but I, Kat Knapp have kayaked in Antarctica. And it was incredible.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 11.01.09 pmWhen past Kat was organising her trip to Antarctica working as a travel agent she was fully aware of the kayaking option. She was also drinking an espresso martini at her travel-agent desk and in a caffeininated alcoholic euphoria she clicked book.




The time between the accidental kayak booking and the actual onboard pre kayaking briefing happened went really fast and before I knew it I was assigned t a kayak and partner (the amazing Canadian friend-soulmate Amy) and we were hitting the Antarctic seas.

Our wonderful couple guides Randall and Beth (#couplegoals) were very clear that this was not an experience forScreen Shot 2016-08-22 at 11.14.13 pm beginners (one again #yolo) but I wasn’t going to let the fear of capsizing and getting hyperthermia stop me from having a good time so I pretended I wasn’t a beginner and paddled for dear life.

Actually I was sitting at the front so had the first-class position of not having to work as hard…

Kayaking in Antarctica is out of this world. Seriously.
It is a cold place for anything but the movement of paddling is actually a lot more efficient at keeping you warm than walking around on shore (although I must admit my toes were almost 50 shades of grey).

The experience itself was stunning.

We paddled around icebergs, past seals, through diving penguins and even with humpback whales.

13245231_462204497309134_4437704696137888126_nI am not joking at all. WE KAYAKED WITH HUMPBACK WHALES IN ANTARCTICA.

(That espresso martini was the best decision I ever made).
Seeing these beautiful giants move around us was unspeakably phenomenal. I literally have no words to write about these moments that fully capture how it felt to be in that tiny boat surrounded by a mother and child whale. It was beyond beautiful. It was one of the few moments of my life where I was literally tearing up with joy.

I have been lucky enough to see many beautiful things in my life but those moments in that kayak were really spectacular. Those memories I am sure will last until my dying breath.

Kayaking in Antarctica was an unexpected turn of my life and acts as a reminder that the choices I have made that reach outside of my comfort zone leave me with the warmest and cosiest memory lanes. Even when the setting is the icy graveyard that is Antarctica.



About Me

Kat Knapp

Hello! I am a 22-year old Australian currently training to be a pilot and studying journalism and sociology I have visited 69 countries across all 7 continents and love to explore. Here is where I share my adventures.