5 Winter Wonderlands for Epic Stand Up Paddleboarding

©istockphoto/GibsonPicturesPaddling in winter isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re ready to brave the cold there are some pretty spectacular spots to SUP amongst the ice. Check out these winter wonderlands that can only be found on the water.

Vladivostok, Russia
The smooth waters of Vladivostok are extremely inviting to paddleboarders all year long. When winter rolls around sheets of ice can be found floating all around the bay. If you’re lucky, you might even find a seal or two lounging on top of them. The area is brimming with seaside caves and lagoons to explore along with plenty of waves along Sable Bay. Be sure to go through the waters of Shkot Island for some pretty impressive views, or hang around Labor Bay to explore the sunken shipwrecks.

Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan might not have the towering glaciers of the other members of this list, but the seemingly endless sheets of ice that disappear into the distance have a beauty all their own. During the right time you can find plenty of paths to travel across the water and, if you’re lucky, even some ice caves to explore along the shores. The Great Lakes are home to some of the country’s most scenic spots that are only enhanced when the snow falls.

Glacier Grey Torres del Paine, Chile
Unsurprisingly, Patagonia harbors one of the most breathtaking places on Earth for stand up paddleboarding. The mammoth-sized glaciers in Glacier Grey Torres del Paine in Chile are strikingly tall and some of the deepest blue you’ll ever set eyes upon. The waters here reach subzero temps in the winter, so do your best not to fall in. The ice tends to shift at times making a visit potentially treacherous, but you’ll be fine if you keep your wits about you. Many of the glaciers here sit right up against the mountains along the shoreline, making for an awesome juxtaposition.

Seward, Alaska
Alaska is a dreamscape of outdoor adventure with more mountains, trails, lakes, rivers and waves than you could ever explore in a lifetime. Seward is often at the center of the greatest Alaskan adventures thanks to its rugged landscape and treasure trove of outdoor pursuits within short distance. It’s also hard to get to, making it the perfect place for paddleboarders who want a little peace and quiet. Bear Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is one of the state’s largest ice formations with a twelve-mile ice tongue surrounded by epic salt water lagoons. The surface is teeming with icebergs to oar through and requires a good deal of experience.

Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
Glacier Lagoon off the southern coast of Iceland is one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders. Glaciers, icebergs and waterfalls dot the shoreline for miles making it a spectacle for anyone looking for a unique place for SUP. You can take a tour or set out on your own and push your oar through sheets of icy water around floating bergs and waterfalls with 60-meter drops. There’s even some great views of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.