14 Best Photo Spots in Antarctica

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So you decided to go to the Great White Continent, Antarctica. That’s awesome because it’s gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Haven’t booked your expedition yet or are you interested in going there? Then check out our Antarctica trip that leaves on the 20th of November 2021! 

Antarctica truly is a photo paradise for everyone. Although 99 percent of the continent is covered with ice, the landscape is still amazingly diverse – there are blue glaciers, the rough waterways of the Drake Passage, 360-degree views of untouched snow, the most uniquely shaped landforms and surreal blue Glaciers. And then everywhere you turn on the southernmost continent, it seems there’s another cute penguin, a humpback whale, or a seal chilling on the ice. There is no place like this anywhere else in the world!

Really, you can’t go wrong with any photo you take in Antarctica since it’s quite impossible to take a bad picture there. There are numerous amazing photo spots in Antarctica. But in this blog, we have rounded up the best spots and things you HAVE to take photos of when you are on an expedition to Antarctica!

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Penguins

This is what we all came to Antarctica for right?! Penguins are abundant in Antarctica cause they are the true locals of the continent. You’ll find king penguins, chinstrap penguins, gentoo penguins, adelie penguins and so many more. Despite the fact that visitors are not allowed to get too close to Antarctic wildlife or their breeding grounds, there is a high chance that the locals might just waddle over to check you out. Perfect for some shots!

Crazy Sculpted Icebergs

Icebergs, icebergs, and more icebergs. There are everywhere in Antarctica! Any chunk of ice larger than 5 meters across and at least 30 meters thick can be called an iceberg and they come in various sizes and shapes. Ranging from spiky ones floating in the freezing waters to plateau-like ones, they are all super impressive. So make sure to keep your camera ready for some of the best photo spots in Antarctica!

Seals Chilling on the Ice

Other local residents of Antarctica are, of course, seals! Six different species of seals live in Antarctic waters: Ross, Weddell, Leopard, Crabeater, Fur and Elephant seals. Four of these species live on the sea ice in Antarctica. In some areas, the more sociable species group together in large numbers which makes them easy to spot from your ship. But of course, you will also take trips with zodiacs so you can spot them from up close. They love to check you out so make sure to get photobombed 😉

Polar Plunging in the Ice Cold Water

A polar plunge in the freezing cold waters surrounding Antarctica is one of the most daring activities you can do on an Antarctica expedition. It might not look like the most appealing option, jumping into below zero water, but the kick you get out of it will be amazing! Yes, it will be a bit scary and terribly cold but it’s perfectly safe since you get a safety harness around your waist with a rope and the ship doctor is always standing close. This experience definitely needs to be captured!

Mountains Reflected in the Weddell Sea

When thinking about the best photo spots in Antarctica, most people think of icebergs, penguins and cold weather, not particularly mountains. But there are a few mountain ranges in Antarctica, which are actually pretty high as well, and they are incredible! The geological layers seen on some mountains are super impressive and with the calm waters surrounding Antarctica, the reflection makes it even more magical.

Inside a Zodiac Boat

From your expedition ship you will get to the landing sites on outboard-engine boats called Zodiacs. With these small boats, you will explore the icy surface of the Antarctic & sub-Antarctic waters and it will take you past some of the best photo spots in Antarctica. Getting up close and personal to mammoth icebergs, sailing past a pod of orcas, or cruising through the brash ice whilst admiring the surroundings. Perfect to take a photo of yourself inside the Zodiac or from the scenery from within the Zodiac. Tip: make sure you bring waterproof bags for your camera equipment as the ride can sometimes be a bit splashy.

Deception Island

Deception Island is a volcanic island in the South Shetland Islands, north of the Antarctic Peninsula. The ring-shaped island is in fact the top of a volcano, a caldera. The Caldera has a diameter of about 15 kilometers and has a narrow entrance on one side, Neptune’s Bellows. Through this spectacular passage, ships can sail into the flooded crater, a unique experience. The volcano of the island is still active and there is geothermal activity inside the caldera. The seawater temperature can reach 70ºC over there!

Whalers Bay on the island bears remnants of bygone whaling enterprises, like bleached whalebones, wooden barrels and even a ship. It’s also one of the places where you’ll be able to leave your ship and see all the penguins from land, preferably from the comfort of a natural warm hot tub dug into the beach. Absolutely one of the best photo spots in Antarctica!

A Jumping Humpback Whale

No photo of Antarctica would be complete without a humpback whale jumping in the waters. Whale watching is one of the prime draws of people visiting Antarctica and guess what, you’ll have a very high chance of seeing one on an Antarctica expedition! February and March are considered the best months for whale spotting but you can see them all through the Summer season (October to March)

Grytviken Church, South Georgia

The gorgeous Grytviken Church in South Georgia is definitely a must-visit. Its stunningly simple wooden exterior makes this one of the best photo spots in Antarctica. It houses the original whalers’ library and also a number of plaques and memorials relating to Sir Ernest Shackleton and other people. The snow-covered mountains surrounding the little church make this place even more pretty and perfect for photos.

Sea Kayaking

How cool is it to sea kayak through the ice-cold water surrounded by icebergs?! This is one of the most popular activities in Antarctica and under instruction from a sea kayaking guide, you’ll paddle past the most incredible photo spots of Antarctica. Experience true tranquility as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realize the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. This is the best way to take photos!

Your Big Ship

Once you arrive in Antarctica, the sea becomes very calm and your ship drops anchor in a sheltered bay. You’ll then go on expeditions every day by Zodiac, as told before. This is the perfect opportunity to take photos from the enormous cruise ship itself, as it looks gorgeous with the surrounding scenery. Keep your camera ready!

Vernadsky Research Base

The only bar in all of Antarctica is found at this Ukrainian research base. The bar features photos from various explorers and is a great place to spend some time. From here you can watch wild penguins while sipping bathtub vodka, how cool is that for a photo?! The bar is open to any explorers that come all the way to the bottom of the world with an expedition. Another one of the most amazing photo spots in Antarctica.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a super unique activity to explore further afield, beyond the scope of a standard excursion. The lightweight snowshoes make it easy to navigate across the polar snow to otherwise inaccessible areas. You’ll definitely find some of the most unique photo spots in Antarctica during this activity! It’s cool to take photos of yourself with the snowshoes and of course from the beautiful surrounding or even maybe the cheeky wildlife.

Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy is a nice sheltered harbor off the coast of Wiencke Island. There is a big penguin colony on the island and various wooden huts with a great history. The huts look beautiful surrounding by all the ice and penguins. It also hosts an amazing museum and post office operated by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust. It’s the perfect photo spot in Antarctica.

Our Antarctica Expedition: Go To the Best Photo Spots in Antarctica!

We have partnered up with Chimu Adventures to arrange an Antarctica expedition together with you. It will be an 11-day trip departing on the 20th of November of this year. If you have always wanted to visit Antarctica, then don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity!

This Antarctica expedition will be an 11-day trip departing on the 20th of November of this year.

The trip will be on the ship The Ocean Endeavour. It is an expedition-focused ship and is truly remarkable and one of the best value-for-money options for people wanting to go to Antarctica and explore landings and bays.

The good news is that EXCLUSIVELY for our readers, we arranged a big discount of about 15-25% depending on the cabin category you choose. So it will be much cheaper than normal 😊

❗️Please note that we only have 20 LIMITED SPOTS available. Don’t wait too long because these spots will fill up very quickly❗️

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Where to Stay

While you are in Antarctica you are of course staying on a ship. The ship with our expedition is called the Ocean Endeavour and has ten different categories of cabins for all ages and budgets.

Expeditions always leave from Ushuaia in Argentina and before or after going on your voyage we definitely recommend staying a few nights in Ushuaia itself, as the town and surroundings are amazing as well!

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Read all our other blogs about Antarctica here!

We hope this article helped you in creating even more beautiful photos of Antarctica than you would normally already take. Don’t miss out on any of these photo opportunities and you will have the trip of a lifetime! Who here is dreaming of a trip to Antarctica? Let us know in the comments!

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