10 Breathtaking Winter Kayaking Locations for Your Bucket List

Best Winter Kayaking Destinations Locations

Kayaking is a great sport, which not only brings you close to the nature, but also helps you keep fit and healthy.

Although most people enjoy this water sport during summer, winter kayaking is emerging as a new favorite among those looking for additional adventure.

After looking at these beautiful winter kayaking locations, you won’t want to put your kayak into storage this coming winter.


Paddling next to icebergs can be an everyday activity in The Arctics. Here are some kayaks in Greenland passing an iceberg in the Disko Bay near Oqaatsut. Photo: Mads Pihl

Greenland Winter Kayaking


Have you ever paddled next to Humpback whales? You can in Antarctica.

You can book guided kayak tours to Antarctica. It doesn’t come cheap, but will be the adventure of a lifetime, as you can see (Photo: Eleanor Scriven, Getty Images).

Antarctica Winter Kayaking Location

British Columbia, Canada

You can kayak on glaciers, surrounded by ice and snow in the late spring, when ice starts to thaw. You’ll need a helicopter ride to get there though.


Kayaking through glaciers in Iceland. Photo: Alex Strohl

Kayaking Through Glaciers In Iceland by Alex Strohl on 500px.com

You can go on organized 12 day kayak expeditions in Icelandfor around 7,000 EUR at Southernseaventures.com.

Iceland Winter Kayaking

Here is a video of what you can expect from such a trip. Wow!


Beautiful Finland’s winter wonderland is amazing from the water.


Winter kayaking through Norway.

USA – Alaska

Kayaking with Orcas at Orcas Cove, Ketchikan, Alaska.

Where can you paddle into icebergs? Southeastern Alaska of course.


Colorado is a very popular destination for whitewater boating in the winter as well.

Colorado Winter Kaaking Location


Paddling through ice floating in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. Photo: Aaron Peterson

Lake Superior Winter Kayaking Locations Aaron Peterson


Winter paddling after a snowstorm in Michigan.

Winter Kayaking

Kayaking is a thrilling and fun-filled outdoor sport that you can enjoy year-round. Although most people associate kayaking and boating with the summer, winter kayaking is now a definite trend among adventure-seeking paddlers.

These winter kayaking locations are just the “icing” on the cake.

Just like any other outdoor activity, paddling in the cold involves a certain amount of danger too.

However, with adventure, comes added risks: winter kayaking is a form of extreme sport.

If you want to experience the thrill of this exhilarating activity, you must plan well and take adequate precautions.

Here is a guide with tips on keeping safe during winter kayaking.

Also, make sure you learn about what to wear for winter kayaking to prevent frostbite and hypothermia, and carry season-specific equipment to maximize your fun & minimize the risks.

Are you new to the world of inflatable boats? Then my Getting Started Guide is for you. You’ll find tips, tricks, and how-to articles to start off right.

5 thoughts on “10 Breathtaking Winter Kayaking Locations for Your Bucket List”

  1. These are great pics and I would love to try winter kayaking but the costs of getting proper clothing are keeping me away. I mean getting a good wetsuit and a drytop costs more than I paid for my yak. Not sure if it’s worth it, especially since you might end up using it seldomly.

    1. Tom @ pumpupboats.com

      That’s true. It’s probably only worth it if you live near such places. But if you travel somewhere and go on a guided winter kayaking tour, you will be given all the necessary supplies and gear.

      Obviously the tour costs money, but so does any other vacation.

  2. This is exactly why I got into winter paddling. Seeing an iceberg up close from the water is breathtaking, I can tell you that. Obviously the Arctics be great to get to, but it’s a but far for me. You don’t have to go that far though, Alaska is much closer and also has spectacular sights.

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