Here is the collection of our best Antarctica photos to inspire you to book to the White Continent!
It has been one year since our epic, life-changing journey to Antarctica, and our concept of travel has never been the same since.
We’ve been lucky enough to travel almost full-time for a decade, exploring the farthest reaches of Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia, but nowhere has been as mesmerising, dramatic, beautiful and awe-inspiring as the fabled White Continent.
This is the destination that sits at the top of most intrepid traveller’s bucket lists, but due to its isolation and expense, Antarctica is often left as a place few ever get to.
In February 2017 we boarded the Akademik Ioffe, a Russian research vessel under the control of the incredible licensed tour operator One Ocean Expeditions, and spent 11 days on an Antarctic adventure.
This was not a luxury cruise, where you would casually sit on the deck and admire the beauty of the ice caps from afar, cocktail in hand. This was an experience in every sense of the word.
We kayaked next to icebergs, swam in the caldera of an active volcano, hiked to the top of a peak on the mainland, got up close to glaciers in zodiacs and even spent a night camping beneath the stars.
And of course, we captured countless photos of Antarctica during our time there.
Whales breach next to zodiacs and kayakers, constantly putting on an acrobatics show that you’ll never forget. 7 different species of penguins waddle across the ice, quickly becoming everyone’s favourite creature.
Enormous albatrosses soar above the mountains, diving in the updrafts. Seals relax on drifting icebergs, keeping clear of the hunting orcas that circle the coves.
Elephant seals battle for mates, their 4-tonne frames colliding like racing vehicles on the stone beaches.
But now we want to just let our pictures do the talking. Here are 23 Antarctica photos that will inspire your next adventure.
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[box] Our trip to Antarctica was made possible thanks to our partnership with One Ocean Expeditions. All thoughts, opinions and 22’000 or so photos we took are, as always, our own.[/box]
About the Author - Alesha and Jarryd
Hey! We are Alesha and Jarryd, the award-winning writers and professional photographers behind this blog. We have been travelling the world together since 2008, with a passion for adventure travel and sustainable tourism. Through our stories and images we promote exciting off-the-beaten-path destinations and fascinating cultures as we go. As one of the world's leading travel journalists, our content and adventures have been featured by National Geographic, Lonely Planet, CNN, BBC, Forbes, Business Insider, Washington Post, Yahoo!, BuzzFeed, Channel 7, Channel 10, ABC, The Guardian, and plenty other publications. Follow our journey in real time on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
13 thoughts on “23 Antarctica Photos That Will Inspire Your Next Adventure”
Seeing the beauty of Antarctica is #1 on my bucket list I have been totally intrigued from the moment I watched Frozen Planet. Your pictures are beautiful. I am curious to what the temperature was in march?
When did you visit to get a shot of the Milky Way? That’s incredible. I thought people could only visit in the summer months.
Thank you so much. We got a clear night out camping. We were in Antarctica in March. It was near the end of the season. This is the best time in seeing whales. 🙂
We were there in March. 🙂
Hi! I’m Giulia and I live in the south of Brazil, where its too cold at times. Still, reading this self article about the trip to Antarctica, made me super curious and interested in going on a trip and get to know Antarctica some day! Very inspiring! What a world to live in
great one! it reminds me of my own trip to antarctica. it was in december so no sunset though and looking at your pictures makes me returning one day just to see the epic sunset and milkyway.
Hi Brian, bet you had a blast with or without the sunset. What a place hey?! Hope you get back one day. It is a special place.
Guys, amazing pictures. We are looking at going to Antarctica this summer and was looking for some other traveler’s pictures to help inspire some family to tag along. This is what we needed and the best that we have found. Your travels continue to inspire.
Grant and Megan
Hi Grant, how exciting! You guys are going to have a blast. Do every excursion and go to every talk on the ship about the animals and history. It is amazing. Hope you can convince your family to go. Happy travels
Can you remember which camera you used to take the close up photos of this photo – 7 different types of penguin species call Antarctica home, and this is one of the coolest – a macaroni penguin!
Thanks so much for your help.
Hi May, Thank you do much. With the macaroni penguin, we shot this with an Sony A7ii with a 70 – 200mm lens. Have a great day
Beautiful, I envy you haha, great photos, and probably a great place for traveling!
Thank you so much. We appreciate it. 🙂