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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

Best Place to Feel Small: Antarctic Peninsula

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

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Just getting to this iced-over spit jutting into the Weddell Sea is an expedition unto itself: Travel to Ushuaia, Argentina, then board a ship for the two-day crossing of the world’s roughest seas in the Drake Passage. Once there, the polar waters have a way of making your kayak feel exceedingly diminutive. You’ll dodge icebergs, pass 6,500-foot peaks, spot 8,800-pound elephant seals—and maybe glimpse a 35-foot shadow under your boat (minke whales ply these waters, as do humpbacks and orcas).

Guide: On the 13-day Off the Beaten Track cruise with Ice Tracks Expeditions, you’ll paddle, hike, ski, snowshoe, or camp (from $6,590; kayaking and skiing extra; ice-tracks.com).


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