Activities in Antarctica – walk with penguins, dive with seals

Antarctica, the continent where the silence is deafening and where emptiness is fills the scenery, is known as a great destination to spot a plethora of wildlife such as great penguin colonies, sleepy seals or different types of whales. But beside spotting the wildlife on Antarctica, there are many other Activities in Antarctica that can be done to make an Antarctica expedition into a truly unforgettable experience.

Activities in Antarctica

Shore Excursions

Happy woman with arms in the air on the snow in antarctica

Setting foot onshore. Photo credit: Eve King.

One of the  Activities in Antarctica on any expedition will include multiple shore excursions. Your expedition team will be sure to make the most of opportunities for on-shore excursions so that you can spend time exploring one of nature’s most spectacular wonderlands! You will even be able to visit scientific research stations and interact with the local communities.

Zodiac Excursions

zodiac in front of enormous iceberg

Taking a zodiac ride along enormous ice formations. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Your ship is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, which provide a safe and efficient way to cruise the Antarctic waters.

Sea Kayaking

Kayaking  between floating ice shelves.

Kayaking between floating ice shelves. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Paddle your way through the tranquil waters of the Antarctic with a small group of sea kayakers, no matter your level of fitness. All equipment is provided and an experienced guide leads you the whole way. This  is one of the most popular optional extra Activities in Antarctica  so be sure to reserve your place.

Cross-Country Skiing

cross country skieers in antarctica

Cross country skiing in Antarctica’s beautiful scenery. Photocredit: Shutterstock.

Take in the unbeatable scenery of Antarctica’s inner remote regions while skiing off the beaten track! You don’t have to be a professional but this optional extra requires some previous experience.


diver in water with ice

Diving the ice cold waters of Antarctica. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Take the plunge and explore the Antarctic underworld with a scuba dive – these dives allow you to observe the Antarctic shelf below sea level. Please note that this optional extra requires you to hold an advanced diving certificate and suitable dry suit experience. Limited vessels offer diving in Antarctica.


camping on ice field in antarctica with sunset

Snow camping on an endless icefield. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Why not spend a night ashore the Antarctic shelf? Camping on the ice is an optional extra available on several voyages, however, places are limited so be sure to reserve your place at the time of booking. All camping gear is provided.


walkers walking through the snow in antarctica

Mountaineering in Antarctica. Photocredit: Shutterstock.

For the fun and adventurous, why not take an exciting climb to the peak of an Antarctic mountain? Mountaineering is available on selected voyages and requires a basic level of fitness.

Bird and Wildlife Watching

two penguins walking in the snow antarctica

Penguin watching guaranteed. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Every direction you look during your Antarctic voyage offers a new opportunity for bird and wildlife watching. The type of wildlife you come across will depend on the voyage you take and the time of year.


penguins and human walking through the snow

Walking with penguins. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

These tours lead you to amazing vantage points and allow even closer interaction with local wildlife, so don’t forget your camera! This optional extra is available for all levels of fitness and interests.


photographer taking foto of penguin on the snow

Great Photos guaranteed! Photo credit: Shutterstock

Capture the Antarctic wonderland at its most beautiful with a guided photography tour that caters to all levels of photographers. This optional extra includes several workshops, presentations and excursions – please note that this activity requires you to bring your own camera.

Chimu Adventures can help you create your perfect expedition to Antarctica including all your preferred activities. Click here for more information or contact an Antarctica specialist.


Author: Guest writer