WATERBURY, Vt., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sea-kayaking in Svalbard, Norway's Arctic paradise takes place in an extreme environment. Quark Expeditions, a polar specialist, recommends that travelers contemplating the activity be comfortable getting in and out of a boat, and that they have practiced a wet exit.
Svalbard affords many opportunities to paddle in protected fjords amongst icebergs. Quark staff are always alert for polar bears, capable swimmers who are unafraid of humans. This natural hazard may abort a planned paddle. Alternate sites are found whenever possible.
Travelers who choose the kayaking option should understand that their paddle unfolds concurrently with other activities. Kayakers will not, then, participate in all activities during an Arctic cruise.
Quark recommends that kayakers book their optional adventure at the same time that they book their polar cruise. There are seldom opportunities to join the kayaking after boarding.
Quark can arrange for kayakers to practice a wet exit prior to boarding the ship, if that is the only qualification holding a traveler back from enjoying the pristine waters of the Arctic.
Compare Itineraries for Kayaking in the Arctic or Antarctica
Quark has a page on its website dedicated to polar kayaking adventures. Kayakers can compare itineraries.
Quark Expeditions has extended its hours to accommodate telephone enquiries and live chat requests: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 8 PM eastern; Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Travelers in North America may call toll free 1.888.892.0171 or +1.203.803.2887.
SOURCE Quark Expeditions