Using an Iceberg as a Stand Up Paddle Board

Using an iceberg as a stand up paddle board Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Grab an oar, jump on an iceberg and go for paddle board!


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The Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonian Argentina is our amazing backdrop to the new extreme sport of stand up iceberg paddling! Find more photos and videos below:

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How fast can you paddle an iceberg?

Not very fast! One thing to remember is that 90% of an icebergs mass is below water. To support an 80kg person with a body weight of ice as free-board, you are talking about an iceberg weighing approximately 1.5 metric tons. To move an object that massive through the water would require some serious power, and I found that my little paddle was next to useless. I was much more at the mercy of the wind and the water currents.

Using an iceberg as a stand up paddle board Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia man rowing an iceberg on a lake in Patagonia

Is it dangerous to stand on icebergs?

These very very small icebergs. Yes I risk going for a swim, but I am accustomed to swimming in cold water and was not very far away from the shore. I have worked on glaciers all over the world and I am always thinking of fun things to do. This next video shows my first expedition jumping on icebergs when a whole bunch of drifted near the shore:


I did fall into the water!

Yeah, I sure did! The piece I landed on was thin and broke off when I landed on it. Fortunately I was able to hang onto the 'berg and scramble up. After having fun on this adventure I came up with the idea of making a "rema-tempano" which means "iceberg rower" in english.

Person Standing on an Iceberg Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Any plans for more iceberg fun?

I don't work on glaciers any more, but I would love to go back and film some similar adventures in HD. Check out some of my blog posts on Antarctica or check out our amazing ultimate whale video below (that is filmed in HD) that includes clips such as a seal riding a whale: