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25 Amazing Photos of Antarctica

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Looking for amazing photos of Antarctica? Well, I’ve got you covered.  Antarctica is a travel bucket list destination for many.  The great white continent, land of ice, home to the South Pole, and the 7th and last continent for most adventurers.  I visited Antarctica on a cruise with Quark Expeditions.  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.

The 7th continent 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, and ultimately life-altering experience. Antarctica is, by far, the wildest, most unspoiled place I’ve ever beheld and it is stunning.

[This post on Photos of  Antarctica was originally published in September 2019, and updated May 2022.]

Map of Antarctica Peninsula

I visited Antarctica on a 12-day cruise of the Antarctica Peninsula with Quark Expeditions.  My journey started in February which is the perfect time to visit Antarctica since, its during summer season in the Southern Hemisphere. My cruise departed from Ushuaia, Argentina and crossed the Drake Passage. It took us two days to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. 

Photos of Antarctica

Below you’ll find a collection of some of my favorite photos of Antarctica from my trip. I have one caveat though, photographs do not fully capture the size/scale of the mountains and the experience of utter silence that accompanies visiting the most remote place on the planet.  But I hope these help give you an idea of what the experience is like just in case you decide you want to visit for yourself one day.

Although Antarctica is uninhabited, it is teeming with life.  While on the continent I saw Humpback whales, two of the eight types of penguins (chinstrap and gentoo),  leopard, fur, and Weddell seals, a pod of  killer whales and countless birds. 

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We were able to spot Humpback whales on most days.

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Whale Breach in Antarctica

Photos of Antarctica: Wildlife

Of all of the wildlife in Antarctica, penguins were the most abundant.  When we visited in February, the young penguins had begun molting, the process of shedding their fuzzy fur for the sleek feathers the penguins are known for.  Each day on our cruise we would leave the ship on Zodiac to explore the peninsula. While penguins are super cute, they’re also super smelly. Large penguin colonies were settled at nearly all of our stops I could detect the existence of a rookery from miles away. 

a group of penguins on top of rocks at the edge of the ocean.

Gentoo penguins

photo of snow-capped mountains with the ocean below

black woman in yellow Quark Expedition jacket standing on rocks with a group of dirty penguins behind her

Palavar Point, Antarctica

Photos of Antarctica: Icebergs 

During our daily Zodiac excursions, we saw a number of icebergs of varying sizes and colors. Some of these large floating ice chunks were so large they looked like islands.  Most of them appeared to be blue or white in color. We weren’t able to get too close to them, we were warned that they are very unstable and known to crack and break or roll without any warning which is a hazard. 

medium to large iceberg floating in the sea

On some days, we were surrounded by huge icebergs

another photo of a blue colored iceberg

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Danco Island, Antarctica

Visiting Antarctica: 25 Photos shared by top family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust

A sea lion swimming and playing near our zodiac.

Seals playing in front of a large snow-capped mountain

Seals at play

large snow-capped mountain reflected in the sea to create a double image of the mountains

Neko Island, Antarctica

a seal relaxing on a bed of floating ice

A seal relaxing on a island of floating ice

Group of people aboard a zodiac boat taking photos of Antarctica

Zodiac cruise boats were our mode of transportation

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Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Photos of Antarctica: Melting Glaciers 

One of most jarring, striking, awe-inspiring experiences I had while visiting Antarctica was witnessing the calving of a glacier.  Calving ice sounds like a loud prolonged cracking noise, followed by the boom when the large piece of ice impacts with the water.

After spending days blanketed in silence, I nearly jumped our of my skin when the sound first started. Unfortunately, I did not capture it on film.

woman stands in front of a glacier with penguins on the ground nearby

The glacier behind me calved shortly after this picture was taken.

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Sea ice

two gentoo penguins on the shore with the ocean and a mountain behind them.

A pair of gentoo penguins

five penguins on top of a small floating iceberg

Gentoo penguins on a mini-iceberg

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Portal Point, Antarctica

close up of a molting chinstrap penguin with a few other penguins in the background

Molting chinstrap penguins

woman smiling next to a large group of penguins with poop all over the rocks beneath them

More penguins

Photos of Antarctica: Research Station

While on one of our daily zodiac excursions we cruised by the Melchior Research Station.  This Argentine Antarctica scientific research base is located on Gamma Island. It was established in 1942, as the main source of Antarctic weather forecasts in 1952. The research station is made of four buildings can house 36 crew members.  

Melchoir Research Center - red group of wooden buildings on the shore

Melchoir Research Center

Photos of Antarctica: Cape Horn, Chile

Cape Horn. Chile is the northern boundary of the Drake Passage and marks where the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean meets.On our way home from Antarctica, we passed by Cape Horn, Chile.  When the captain made the announcement that Cape Horn was visible from the deck of the ship, many of us scrambled to the deck to get a glimpse. 

people on the deck a ship looking out at Cape Horn in the distance

A view of Cape Horn, Chile from the boat

Cape Horn, Chile

Photos of Antarctica: Environmental Impact 

Travel to Antarctica is not for everyone. I was concerned about the environmental impact of tourism to the most remote continent on earth. I did not make the decision to visit lightly. While the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) has some strict regulations regarding tourism in Antarctica.  I chose Quark because of their policies to limit their carbo emission and a very significant “leave no trace” mission. 

I hope my pictures of Antarctica serve as inspiration for your travels.  If you found this post on Photos in Antarctica helpful, you might also like:

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Pamela Stewart September 28, 2019 - 11:42 AM

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

Tykesha77 October 1, 2019 - 2:26 AM

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

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.

LA debbie November 17, 2019 - 3:36 PM

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.

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
Cheers and Happy Trails


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