Antarctica Ice. That’s the real star of Antarctica.

The penguins are adorable, the seals are spectacular and the whales have that “Wow Factor” that take your breath away when they pop up beside your zodiac. They could all easily be the stars of Antarctica but they’re not. The real star of Antarctica?


We couldn’t get enough of looking at the different hues in the ice. The amazing ice bergs make you stand in wonder. Listening to ice break off of thousand year of glaciers from the seat of a kayak is overwhelming and catching seals sleeping on ice flows in the middle of the Antarctic Peninsula is astounding. Check it out for yourself and decide if Antarctica Ice is the star of the seventh continent or not.

Antarctica Ice in Photos


The aquamarine colours of the Antarctica Ice


The stunning reflections of the Antarctic Ice



Ice takes on so many forms in Antarctica.


Black and White in Antarctica

Black and White really brings out the drama of Antarctic Ice.



The ice in Antarctica makes for some interesting patterns.



Sometimes the Ice in Antarctica is so blue it hurts your eyes!



Ice towers are everywhere in Antarctica



Ice Floes are all over in Antarctica



A perfect Antarctica landscape


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  1. Natasha @ Wandering Kiwi

    Simply stunning, almost unbearably so. My great grandfather was a seaman on the ship Aurora – 1912/13 voyage to collect Australian Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawsom (unsuccessfully as it turned out). We’ve got his diary from the journey and one day I’m going to follow in his seasteps!

    1. debndave Post author

      Thank you Natasha I am so happy that you liked it. Wow! That is an incredible story about your grandfather. That would make for an amazing world trip to follow in your grandfather’s footsteps. I look forward to hearing all about it. Sounds like a movie in the works.

  2. Jen Pollack Bianco

    Dave and Deb- these images are absolutely breathtaking. I so enjoyed following your tweets but these images. Those icebergs have taken down a few ships in their day. Fantastic images, and I really appreciate that you processed the images a few different ways. I was sort of being entranced by the blue and then you went black and white– stunning. Yes, that ice is what mother nature is all about: powerful, impressive and awe inspiring. Great post.

    1. debndave Post author

      Hey Jen, thanks so much. Life’s been a whirlwind since Egypt and we haven’t had much of a chance to chat with you since. I am so glad that you enjoyed the different processing. Dave made a conscious choice to do that and mix it up. The ice there is so impressive. It is alive and constantly moving and very unpredictable. It was definitely the star of Antarctica for us.

  3. Lindsay

    Beautiful photos! I went to Alaska’s Glacier Bay when I was little, and remember it being spectacular, but Antarctica looks about ten times as amazing as Glacier Bay! I really love your photos – especially the bird’s eye view of the ice floe…such a cool perspective!

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Lindsay. We were in Alaska two summers ago and agree, it was spectacular. But I do have to admit, Antarctica’s glaciers eclipsed the scenery of Alaska. It is the final frontier and there is nowhere on earth like it. Truly amazing.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Amanda, we can’t pick a favourite either. It’s actually difficult to pick a favourite moment from Antarctica period let alone a photograph. You’d love it there.

    1. debndave Post author

      You’d love it Barbara. Quark Expeditions gives passengers these cozy yellow parkas that make everything toasty warm. We dressed in 3 layers. Long johns, a warm fleece layer (pants and shirt) and then the outer waterproof pants and parka. We were very warm each day and of course the ship was perfect inside.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Cailin. We have so many more to come as well. We had amazing weather and conditions and each day became more spectacular then the next.

  4. Natalie

    Love the photos but I still would not head there. I have a fear of snow, ice and anything cold. I wonder if there is an official term for that? You will always find me in the sunny destinations

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Natalie, I’ll have to look that up, haha. The cold definitely isn’t for everyone. I can understand you wanting to stay in warm climates. You can leave the cold to us and we’ll just share the photos for you:)

    1. debndave Post author

      It was stunning. Some people were heading on to Patagonia (which is amazing and beautiful as well) but they were wishing that they did it first and then Antarctica. It’s difficult to go anywhere after Antarctica I have to admit. It’s another world. You’ve definitely done it in the right order. Patagonia first and Antarctica next!

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Angela, Thank you, we really are lucky to have witnessed such beauty. Surprisingly we were toasty warm. Quark gave us all amazing parkas to keep and we dressed in layers. Several days were downright balmy weather reaching probably 5? Celcius. We’re used to 20 below in the winter in Canada, so this was very reasonable. Even the guys from Spain and the Dominican didn’t find it too bad and they were out kayaking with us every day. It’s a great time of the year to go in Jan/Feb. Antarctica’s summer is very bearable.

  5. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    Such stark and beautiful photos! It would be such a pleasure to see those icebergs up close… but it would also be freezing!! :) Have you been wearing thin gloves while you’re out photographing in Antarctica?

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Christy, it’s funny it was only around 0? while we were in Antarctica so we are used to it with being from Canada. We took our gloves off most of the time to take photos and video. Sometimes they got really cold due to whizzing around in the zodiac, but we had our gloves close by. We’ll be putting out a post with everything that we wore, each day. We were pretty bundled up, even for kayaking.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Kent. When were you in Antarctica and where did you go? We are definitely looking forward to going back and exploring South Georgia in the future. We hear it is amazing there.

  6. Ken Kaminesky

    Way to go guys! This is literally and figuratively the coolest thing I can think of doing. So happy that you got to experience this amazing part of the world. Now I wanna hear all the stories! Bravo on the pics Dave :)

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks so much Ken, that means a lot. There are lots of stories to come over the next few weeks. We had so many amazing experiences that we’ll be writing about Antarctica for a very long time. It’s overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. I think we’ll be talking about kayaking next. It was the highlight of the entire trip.

  7. Melanie Waldman

    Well hi there, National Geographic! You guys, these photos are amazing – and I’m thrilled that you had this opportunity. I’ve done a lot of research on Quark (suggested them as a great budget option in a BootsnAll article last year) and feel like their version of Antartica is the one I’d want to take, too. Thanks for sharing your adventures there in such an approachable way…all giant icebergs aside. ;)

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Melanie. You are right. Quark Expeditions really is the tops. We’re going to be writing a review on the trip and what we loved about them was that their expedition staff was so experienced and knowledgeable. These guys and girls live for the polar regions and it shows. It was an incredible trip and I am so happy that Dave could capture so much of Antarctica beautifully.

    1. debndave Post author

      I hope that you get there one day soon. It is astounding. We were so lucky with weather and had the chance to witness its beauty to the fullest.

  8. Bula @ The Irreverent Traveller

    Wow. Just absolutely wow. I’m kind of drooling, looking at your pictures in awe. And that’s when I know I’m Canadian. When I drool while staring at ice. This may or may not be because I am — how do you say? Oh, yes! — touched in the head. Stunning photos.

  9. Andrew

    All that ice makes me think of a having a drink, although I imagine no matter how beautiful the pictures look, the ice would taste terrible. I like the perfectly oval ice floe the best. It isn’t the most attractive picture, but just to see such a perfect shape out of the chaos of nature is cool.

    1. debndave Post author

      You know what Andrew. I actually tasted the ice when we were kayaking and it tastes great.It’s fresh and clean. Just a slight hint of salt in the first lick but then its gone. The ice is so dense I guess it doesn’t take on the taste of the salt water.

  10. Pamela

    Absolutely stunning. You’ve captured some amazing photographs of something so simple…frozen water. The photos are alive!

  11. Traveling Ted

    Amazing photos. I have always appreciated ice, especially in my drink, but now, thanks to these photos, I look at frozen chunks of water in a brand new way.

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    Saw the link on the homepage and I think I clicked on the ice image link before my concious mind had finished processing what I was looking at. Beauty captured beautifully. Shall doubtless return to this when I need an online escape. Thank you.

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  15. Hogga

    I don’t like being cold… but that looks amazing. You probably get tired of hearing this, but you take incredible pictures! Great job! Hope you enjoyed it!

  16. Carolyn

    WOW! Every picture seems to be more beautiful than the last. It’s amazing to see ice look so different, and beautiful, in every shot. I’m living in a pretty snowy climate in the Northwest Territories, and this is good inspiration to make the most of this environment and try to showcase the beauty of ice and snow (instead of hiding inside!!)

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  18. Heather Stearns

    These are breathtakingly gorgeous and the landscape seems otherworldly! I can’t imagine getting used to seeing so much ice in one place. I hope to travel there someday and have some icy adventures of my own!

  19. Arti

    Surreal shots! Ice does look so beautiful, infact it never looked so beautiful!! Your photography skills amaze me, superb!

  20. Christina

    Wow you guys, these are amazing! I’d love to go to Antarctica one day. The blue ice is just out of this world. Very alien actually. You must have felt like on a different planet!


    Amazing photos!!!! Remind me of my Antarctica trip a lot!!!!! It’s breath-taking, really want to go back again! Love the black and white photo!! Never thought of it can be so great!!!!!. I always thought iceberg look the best in blue;)) Definitely learn something in here:)


    1. debndave Post author

      Glad we could bring back some memories for you. We love reliving amazing travels through photos. It’s true icebergs definitely look best in blue, but this black and white did turn out ok didn’t it:)

  22. Jennifer Dombrowski

    These are simply gorgeous. I haven’t been to the Antarctic yet but I have been to the Arctic and there is just something fascinating about the ice on the frozen parts of our planet few of us are lucky to see.

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