A Virtual Voyage to Antarctica

Antarctica is the most beautiful place in the world. I’m convinced that the only reason it is not on any of the many lists of World Wonders or Natural Wonders of the World is that most people have not seen it. It is one of the hardest places in the world to visit, based on its remoteness and the expense involved. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to go, this is my attempt to take you on a virtual voyage to Antarctica. Disclaimer:  my photos don’t do this spectacular wilderness justice.

#1 Blue Skies and Reflections

After 2 days at sea on the dreaded Drake Passage, seeing Antarctica for the first time took my breath away.

Icy Mountains reflected in blue glass waters in ANtarctica


#2 Thousands of Penguins On Surprisingly Green Terrain

Our first stop was just north of the Antarctic Peninsula on Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands. The green seen here comes from moss and lichen. There are also 8000 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguins.

#3 Craggy Glaciers and Phosphorescent Blue Icebergs

Apparently, the underwater portion of icebergs are 2-3 times bigger than the part we see. The colors that emanate from the depths are surreal!

Floating Iceberg with blue colors underneath it in the crystal water. The background is ice covered mountains in Antarctica

#4 Views That Make You Feel Small

You can see from the size of the large ship which looks tiny relative to the gigantic landscapes that everything is massive here! This was Cuverville Island where we hiked to the top of a huge ice mountain and were rewarded with this astonishing view.

A gorgeous view from the top of a hill in Antarctica. You can see distant icy mountains, crystal royal blue waters and a red and white expedition ship in the water.

#5 Grey Skies Have Never Been So Stunning

It doesn’t matter what the weather is, Antarctica is a stunner.

Epic Antarctica Holiday

#6 Penguin Beach

Arriving on Cuverville Island was a treat. A whole colony of Gentoo penguins with hungry chicks was there to entertain us.

#7 Other-Wordly Sunsets over Massive Icy Mountains

This sunset in the Gerlache Straight was one of many beautiful ones we enjoyed.

#8 Postcard Perfection

Arriving in Neko Harbor on a perfectly clear and calm day made me feel as if I was transported into the “Voyage to Antarctica” brochure.

A Ship pulls into a harbor in Antarctica with the icy mountains refected in the water with chunks of ice floating
Perhaps my favorite place, Neko Harbour

#9 50 Shades of Blue

Not two icebergs are the same. They come in many textures, shapes and colors and all exceptionally beautiful.

Green Blue Iceberg in Antarctica

#10 Seals Snoozing on Sea Ice

On this voyage to Antarctica, we crossed the Antarctic Circle. While here we cruised in zodiacs and enjoyed seeing many seals lounging on floating sea ice.

two seals, one grey and one brown lying on a piece of floating ice in Antarctica with a grey sky

#11 Mirror Image Perfection

The calm glassy water and the crystalline ice brash mesmerized me.

And Ice covered mountain in Antarctic is reflected perfectly like a mirror in the royal blue water speckled with ice

#12  The Landscapes are Overwhelming

This is Horseshoe Bay, and you can see the tiny zodiac on the left side of the photo to give you an idea of the scale.

Antarctica Holiday

#13 Can’t Get Enough of These Incredible Icebergs

I have a zillion iceberg photos. No joke.

Antarctica Holiday

#14 Alien-Like Colors Come from the Depths of FLoating Ice

Even with grey skies and grey water, these iridescent deep blue-greens pop.

Iceberg floating in grey waters of Antarctica with eerie blue color seen under the water. In the background are ice covered mountains.

#15 Icebergs Again (I’m Obsessed)

Yet another “blue-tiful” iceberg.

Antarctica Holiday

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#16 An Icy Beach

This was on Stonington Island, home of two old bases. I was kind of obsessed with the icy rocky terrain.

Icy Beach in Antarctica

#17 Remote Hard to Reach Places

A place that most ships don’t get to visit, Red Rock Canyon was one of my favorite stops.

#18  The Celebrities of Antarctica

A furry Gentoo penguin chick waits for its parents to bring some food.

#19 Perpetually Grouchy But Cute Fur Seals

Fur seals don’t really want company and we need to keep our distance…they bark loudly to remind us!

#20 Molting Penguins with Funny Feather Patterns

Penguin chicks have to shed their down fur before their waterproof “swimming feathers” are ready and only then can they leave for the winter and swim north. This is an Adelie Penguin

#21 Sensational Sunrises

I am not a morning person, but this was worth waking up for!

Sunrise over an icy mountain in Antarctica. The sky is pink and purple behind the white mountain.

#22 Being Stalked by a Leopard Seal While Kayaking

Kayaking in Antarctica is slightly terrifying but lets you get some intimate experiences with wildlife such as this one.

#23 Our Photogenic Ship

Cruising in Zodiacs is great fun and great for photography

#24  Gentoo Penguin Feeding It’s Chick

I could watch the penguins all day. They are tough, adorable and feisty.

Penguin feeding it's Chick in Antarctica

#25  Stonington Island

The abandoned British and American bases here are like time capsules, everything as it was decades ago.

Huge White Mountain towers over an old British Base on an island in Antarctica

#26 Red Rock Canyon

This was one of my favorite stops because we got to hike up to an incredible view AND there were penguins here. What more could one want? Also, this photo shows the scale. You can hardly even see the ship in the water.

Stunning views of blue water and rocky icy terrain in Antarctica

#27 A Pod of Orcas

Forgive the grainy photo…they were far and my zoom wasn’t enough but there were so many of them and chasing a poor little seal. Just happy I saw them.

#28 Humpback Whales are Everywhere

Humpback Whale Tail in water next to Iceberg
Shot by Phil Hunter, Kayak Master for G Expedition.

#29  Kayaking in Antarctica

What an adventure. Nothing quite compares to this!

Kayakers on crystal clear water surrounding by white mountains in Antarctica
Shot by Phil Hunter, Kayak Master for G Expedition.

#30 Sunsets are Religious Experiences

What better way to end a voyage to Antarctica than to be treated to this light show.

A orange and pink sky in Antarctica at sunset

Hope you enjoyed this voyage to Antarctica via photos! If you want to see more I have a little video you may enjoy. Just click this YouTube link.

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About The Author

Cherene Saradar

Cherene is a travel expert with 30 years of experience in over 100 countries and 7 continents. She has traveled solo to over 50 countries. She is also a nurse anesthesiologist with over 20 years of healthcare experience. Her passions include wildlife travel and visiting wine regions of the world.


  1. Carolyn Anne Saradar | 15th Aug 20

    This is the third time I’ve viewed the virtual tour and video…..love it so much.

    • csaradar | 17th Mar 21

      I want to go back!

  2. Kelly | 4th May 19

    Omg love your photos! Antarctica is so beautiful. Love all the animals and would love seeing orcas and penguins in the wild.

    • csaradar | 11th May 19

      The animals were such a treat. I didn’t expect to see so much wildlife!

  3. Keri|FlipFlopWeekend (@flipflopweekend) | 4th May 19

    These photos are stunning. Visiting would be an epic adventure.

    • csaradar | 11th May 19

      It truly was the best thing I ever did. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  4. Kal | 4th May 19

    Penguin beach legit makes my heart swoon. All those lil penguins!!!!

    • csaradar | 11th May 19

      I swoon every time I see the videos with their little waddles and squawking.

  5. Natasha L | 4th May 19

    Take me, take me!!!!!!! Wow, Antartica looks so beautiful, I’ve always wanted to visit but am worried about the journey to get there… I’m horrible on boats. I love that you’ve captured all the different wildlife, you really can so so much diversity in such a cold place.

    • csaradar | 11th May 19

      The volume of wildlife astounded me. Boats are tough. I drank a ton of ginger tea!!!

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