25 Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit Antarctica

by Tykesha77

I went to Antarctica y’all!!!  Antarctica -the white continent, land of ice, home to the South Pole, and my 7th and last continent. I visited earlier this year on an 11-day cruise with Quark Expeditions.  Even though I’ve had months to process the trip it was such a fantastic journey that ironically I – a travel journalist and woman of many words – have struggled to find the right words to adequately describe it.

Antarctica is so much more than a travel destination.  It wasn’t anything like any other place I’ve encountered … the deafening silence, colossal icebergs, epic landscapes, and vast wilderness resulted in an incredible, awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, and ultimately life-altering experience. Antarctica is, by far, the wildest, most unspoiled place I have ever beheld.

I selected 25 of my favorite photos from the thousands of pictures that I took during my cruise, in hopes to inspire you to experience Antarctica too!

Antarctica in Photos

The Quark Expedition Ship Ocean Endeavor heading  toward the Drake Passage

A view of the Beagle Channel from the back of the ship.

A humpback whales breached in every direction.

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Chinstrap Penguins

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Palaver Point, Antarctica

Danco Island, Antarctica

The icebergs were beautiful

A sea lion swimming and playing near our zodiac.

After watching her do an underwater dance for a little while, this sea lion finally popped her head out of the water long enough for me to snap a pic.

The humpback whale breaching near our zodiac.

Neko Harbor, Antarctica

An Antarctic glacier

Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

A seal floating atop an iceberg

Sea ice

A pair of Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguins

Look Ma, I made it!!

Smallish iceberg

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Portal Point, Antarctica

This was during a short kayaking break. Portal Point, Antarctica

Cape Horn, Chile.  We passed by as we headed back to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Is Antarctica on your Travel Bucket List? Please leave me a comment below.

For more travel tips, follow my Things to do in Antarctica Pinterest Board

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8 comments

Pamela Stewart September 28, 2019 - 11:42 AM

I am interested in trekking to Antarctica it’s my last continent as well.

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Tykesha77 October 1, 2019 - 2:26 AM

It was worth all of the effort and money. You won’t regret it.

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Tykesha77 October 10, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Once you get there you will see what all of the hype is about. The experience is tough to articulate but one day soon, I am going to try to describe the feelings that went along with the journey.

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LA debbie November 17, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Hello
My husband and I will be traveling to Antarctica next month (December 2019). We are of course very excited & have been planning for months. However, I feel like I will get there & wish I had something I never thought I needed.
Can you tell me, is there anything you wish you would have taken but didn’t ? Conversely is there anything you took that you didn’t not need?
One more thing, what was your one most favorite thing about this epic expedition?
Thanks for your time.

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Tykesha77 November 18, 2019 - 2:51 AM

Hey there and Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you and your husband. Your trip is gonna be AMAZING!! 🙂 Well, to be honest, I actually feel like I packed waaaay too much. One thing that I purchased for the trip that I didn’t need AT ALL was binoculars. You can use your camera to zoom in. I wish that I had tried my gloves out before I got there. The gloves I had didn’t fit well over my glove liners and I couldn’t use my camera properly with them on. So I spent most of the time in Antarctica only wearing my glove liners which worked out well for me.

My most favorite thing about the expedition hmmm…there are really no words to adequately explain it but I’ll try. This might sound sappy but the thing I loved the most about Antarctica was how I felt, overwhelmingly, at one with everything around me. I felt a communion between myself, nature, and God. And the silence is actually deafening. I thought I knew what silence sounded like but after asking our guide to turn off the zodiac engines I got a true sense of it. While there are some locations that feel very familiar there were other regions of the Antarctic Penninsula that looked and felt otherworldly. I’d say it’s the closest to being in outer space that I’ll ever get.

Thank you for your questions. I hope my answer helps. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at tykesha@mommawanderlust.com.
Cheers and Happy Trails

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Melissa August 30, 2020 - 11:01 PM

Your pictures are beautiful! I love the one with the sea lion 🙂

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Tykesha77 September 9, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Thank you. Seeing that sea lion was one of my favorite experiences.

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