This is an on-going attempt to put together a comprehensive bibliography of books (and DVD’s) relevant to expedition sea kayaking. I hope you will use the links provided to help support this website. If you know of a great book that doesn’t appear in this list please leave a comment below.

Expedition Accounts

Alone at Sea

Dr. Hannes Lindemann

Comment: The book that started it all. As Chris Cunningham, Editor – Sea Kayaker magazine says, “Dr. Lindemann’s solo crossing of the Atlantic in a 17-ft. kayak will long stand as one of the great voyages in maritime history. His 72 days alone at sea are a remarkable experiment in survival and mental discipline.”

Birthplace of the Winds

Jon Bowermaster

Comment: A long journey by truck, ferry and fishing boat delivers Jon and his crew to one of the loneliest spots on Earth, where the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea collide, at what the Aleuts called the Birthplace of the Winds. Supported by the National Geographic Expeditions Council, Birthplace of the winds follows Jon and his team – comprised of the world’s best photographers, filmmakers, scientists and navigators – to a corner of the Earth rarely seen.



Cold Oceans

Jon Turk

Comment: Jon Turk’s first book which describes expeditions to Cape Horn and the Canadian Arctic.

Commitment and Open Crossings: The First Circumnavigation of Britain and Ireland by Kayak

Bill Taylor

Comment: Bill Taylor, with Mick Wibrew and Richard Elliott accomplished between April and September 1986 the first circumnavigation by kayak of both Britain and Ireland.

Cresting the Restless Wave: North Island Kayak Odyssey

Paul Caffyn

Comment: Paul’s third book that chronicles his 1978 journey around the North Island of New Zealand.

The Dreamtime Voyage

Paul Caffyn

Comment: One of the most remarkable journeys ever undertaken by kayak – the first circumnavigation of Australia, a 360 day, 9,240mile epic.

 Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent

Joe Glickman

Comment: Journalist Joe Glickman tells the story of Freya Hoffmeister’s audacious and record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia.

The Frozen Coast: Sea Kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula

Graham Charles , Marcus Waters, Mark Jones & Sarah Moodie

Comment: A fascinating and photographically stunning account of a ground-breaking expedition in 2001 to the Antarctic Peninsular by the world’s leading sea kayak expedition team.

Greenland Expedition: Where Ice is Born

Lonnie Dupre

Comment: On May 16, 1997, adventurer Lonnie Dupre and his Australian exploration partner, John Hoelscher, set off from Paamiut, Greenland, to circumnavigate the world’s largest island using only the traditional methods of kayak and dog sledge.

In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific

Jon Turk

Comment: Jon Turk relates his successful attempt to re-create the perilous migration of pre-historic man from northeast Siberia to North America.

Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman’s Journey through the Northwest Passage

Victoria Jason

Comment: During the summers of 1991 through 1994 Victoria jason and two companions – Fred Reffler and Don Starkell – se out to kayak from Churchill, Manitoba to Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea.

Kayak Across the Atlantic

Peter Bray

Comment: An extraordinary account of Peter Bray’s 76 day, 2,000 mile crossing of the North Atlantic in 2001.

Obscured by Waves: South Island Canoe Odyssey

Paul Caffyn

Comment: Paul’s first book describing the first circumnavigation of the South island of New Zealand by sea kayak (canoe).

 On Celtic Tides: One Man’s Journey around Ireland by Sea Kayak

Chris Duff

Comment: A beautifully written account of Chris Duff’s 1200 mile circumnavigation of the ‘Emerald Isle’.

Paddle to the Arctic

Don Starkell

Comment: A 3,000 mile journey through the Northwest Passage in the summer’s of 1991 & 1992 from Churchill, Manitoba to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.

Unclaimed Coast: Sea Kayaking Ernest Shackleton’s South Georgia Island

Mark Jones

Comment: The Adventure Philosophy crew conquer expedition sea kayaking’s ‘Everest’.

Visions of the Wild: A Voyage by Kayak around Vancouver Island

Maria Coffey & Dag Goering

Comment: In the summer of 1999, Dag Goering and Maria Coffey set off on an audacious adventure: to circumnavigate Vancouver Island by kayak, along some of the most treacherous and storm-battered coastlines on earth.

We Survived Yesterday: Kayaking from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas

John Reseck

Comment: Detached from civilisation in double kayaks, paddling nine hours a day for 34 days straight, this 1200 mile voyage from San Diego, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was a true man against nature adventure.