Are you here for the wildlife or the ice? This was a common question in the early days of my Antarctic cruise. And the responses were a fairly even split of those who were here to see the wildlife, and those who were on board to see the ice.
I thought I was here to see the wildlife – you can never have too many penguin or seal photos right? However, as we headed further south I realised I was taking just as many pictures of ice and mountains as wildlife. And, with a camera always close to hand, every single bit of ice, from the brash ice that we cut through, to the bergy bits and full icebergs, appeared different and beautiful in its own way. Furthermore, the perspective of the ice from the deck of the ship, to the experience of gliding close enough to touch them, from a kayak or zodiac, changed the view dramatically.
Here are a few of my favourite icebergs in Antarctica.
Would you go to the Antarctic for the wildlife or the ice?
For me, the answer straight away if I am fortunate enough to visit this incredible continent again will immediately be both.