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Q: What equipment should I bring with me for kayaking?

As conditions can change rapidly, make sure you have clothing and equipment suitable for the worst weather. Since the water in the Polar Regions is around freezing point (between -2 and +3 °C), good kayak clothing is essential. Kayakers only bring their personal thermal clothing to keep warm. 

Important personal kayak clothing and gear to bring (these items are not on the ship):

  • thermal underwear top to bottom (for under the wetsuit for hygienic purposes)
  • fleece vest or jacket to wear over the thermals
  • warm fleece hat
  • turtle neck (neck gaiter)
  • gloves (Gore-Tex® outside and Thinsulate inside, preferably ski/snowboard/mountain gloves with some grip)
  • thick socks
  • good sunglasses
  • sunscreen / sun block
  • waterproof bag (for camera equipment)

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