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15 Photos that will Entice you to go on an Antarctic Cruise


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Are you on the fence about whether or not you want to go on an Antarctic cruise?

We’re going to take this opportunity to push you right off that fence and into your next adventure.

Beautiful landscapes, tidbits of interesting history, and great big dollops of adorable wildlife are captured here in the 15 following pics.


1. Well hello!

South Georgia, Salisbury Plain

Being isolated and protected by international treaties, the wildlife in Antarctica has little to no contact with human beings. They also have no fear.

What they do quite often have is a great big helping of curiosity, and it’s possible that you might find yourself being checked out by the local critters like this cute little fellow here.


2. Cruising the shoreline

Antarctic Peninsula, Foyn Harbour

Zodiacs zip you around sheltered bays and shorelines. And while you’re not allowed to approach too closely to the wildlife, there’s no law that says the wildlife can’t come to you.


3. Whale watching

Antarctic Peninsula, Foyn Harbour

The Antarctic is home for at least part of the year for a variety of those gentle giants of the seas, the whale. And just like the seals, whales often get just as curious about you as you are about them.


4. Icebergs ahoy!

Antarctic Peninsula, Portal Point

Antarctica calves icebergs like nobody’s business. The biggest icebergs in the world are born from Antarctica’s glaciers, some of them reaching the size of small cities.


5. The cleanest waters in the world

Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville Island

Some of the cleanest freshwater in the world is locked into the glaciers and icebergs of the Antarctic, while the seas remain relatively pollution-free.


6. Antarctic history

South Orkneys, Orcada

The Antarctic isn’t completely devoid of human presence. Ever since our southern-most continent has been truly explored (starting in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration in the early 1900s) there has been at attempt at industry – in this case, whaling. Whaling era relics and graveyards can be found at different points in the region, including the sub-Antarctic islands in the surrounding seas.


7. Pristine beauty

South Orkneys, Orcada

Still, the Antarctic is one of the last great mainly untouched wildernesses left on Earth. Protected by multinational treaties, great stretches of the landscapes look much as they did centuries ago.


8. Friendly faces

South Georgia, Salisbury Plain

Some people (and seals) were just meant to be in pictures. Look at that face!


9. Fantastic vistas

South Georgia, Shackleton Walk

Most Antarctic cruises will offer you a variety of hikes of different levels of difficulty. All of them are well worth the trip when they lead you to scenery like this.


10. A massive penguin population

South Georgia, Salisbury Plain

Come breeding season Antarctica (and the nearby islands) finds its shores crammed with millions of noisy and nosy penguins looking for their Mister or Miss Right.


11. Picture perfect

South Georgia, Salisbury Plain

They might have some constructive criticism about your lens selection.

12. Poses

South Georgia, Salisbury Plain

And they know how to give you their best angle.


13. That’s a lot of waddling

South Georgia, Salisbury Plain

Did we mention that there are a lot of penguins in Antarctica?


14. Antarctica is for ornithologists

Falklands, Saunders Island

Penguins aren’t the only birds you’re bound to meet in the Antarctic. If you’re any kind of bird-lover at all you’re going to be in for a real feather fiesta.


15. Heading home

South Georgia, Stromness

Honestly the only bad part of an Antarctic cruise is knowing that eventually you have to leave.

Read More on Antarctica:

10 Things you didn’t know about Antarctica


Pictures (© Dietmar Denger – Oceanwide Expeditions) in this article have been taken on a Falklands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula trip from Oceanwide Expeditions.

This Guest Blog Post has been contributed by Matt!  Thanks Matt for sharing your Antarctic wisdom with us!

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  • Reply
    July 5, 2017 at 7:07 am

    This just looks so amazing

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    July 20, 2017 at 3:14 am

    This is on our list. My husband is literally obsessed with penguins. We don’t need enticed to go, we just need to win the lottery!

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      Jolene Ejmont
      July 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

      haha Lorna! I think we all need to win the lottery 🙂 Wouldn’t life be so much easier with money! Hope you get to go on the trip one day 🙂

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    Pericles Rosa
    July 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Amazing!! Excellent pictures.
    I want to go so bad.

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    The Globe Trotter
    July 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Amazing photos! Antarctica is on our list, hopefully, sometime in the near future, we will make it to this beautiful part of our world.

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      Jolene Ejmont
      July 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Hope you get there, such a unique destination to visit 🙂

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    Bernard Price
    April 7, 2020 at 12:21 am

    I like so content, thank you

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    Angelia Hunt
    October 10, 2020 at 12:38 am

    I loved your photos especially seeing the ones with the Plancius included.

    Our Antartica Base Camp Adventure over New Years 2020 on the Plancius was the best ever!!

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.–Angelia Hunt

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