Five 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 a 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 salt­wa­ter 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 are even some great views of the Eyjaf­jal­la­jökull vol­cano.