Freelance travel writer and photographer Nori Jemil shares some of her most beautiful pictures of Antarctica. 

"Based in Chile for nearly six years, it had always been my goal to make it down to the southernmost tip of the continent, and beyond. I thought after photographing glaciers in Argentina, Peru and Chile I knew what to expect, but nothing can prepare you for the colossal beauty and sheer magnitude of Antarctica.

"A two day journey from Ushuaia on the Drake Passage, one of the world's roughest waterways, is rewarded by the sight of passing icebergs, wandering albatross and humpback whales."

"About 90 percent of the planet's ice is found in Antarctica and is on average about a mile thick. It's this ice in all of its formations, from icebergs recently carved to translucent, weathered floes and the pancake-thin ocean surface, that really sets this hostile and pristine wilderness apart. In a state of constant shift, through wind and the motion of the seas, Antarctica's ice is always changing, which makes just standing on deck a mesmerising experience."

Ice sculptures in the rain

Ice sculptures, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

A humpback whale flukes in silvery, calm waters

Whale, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Towering ice sculptures, formed by strong winds

Antarctic Ice, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

A solo chinstrap penguin on a rocky outcrop in the rain

Penguin in Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Ice worn into ridges, turned by waves and weather

Antarctic ice sculptures, Nori Jemil

Solo Gentoo, dwarfed by the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula

Chinstrap penguin dwarfed by Antarctic Ice, Nori Jemil

The detailed ridges of an iceberg, seen up close

Antarctic Ice, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Evening light on the Antarctic Peninsula

Huge icebergs in Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Inquisitive Gentoo penguins run to greet visitors

Antarctica penguins at play, Nori Jemil

Aerial view of Antarctica on a flight to Australia

Ice in Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Sailing through the calm waters of the Lemaire Channel

Boats in Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Dimpled and cracked, weather-worn blue ice

Antarctic Ice, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Rapidly changing weather alters the colour of ice floes

Icebergs, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

A chinstrap penguin basking in the sun

Chinstrap Penguin, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

The sculptures take shape and reform, as we slowly pass

Ice sculptures, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

A moulting Gentoo chick, oblivious to the background passenger ship

Fluffy penguin, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Edge of a vast iceberg, with land mass behind

Blue and brown ice, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

A Weddell seal makes eye contact

Weddell seal, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

 Blue hued ice in clear weather

Ice in Antarctica, Nori Jemil

 Icebergs surround dark seas under brooding skies

Blue Ice, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

 An imposing iceberg, broken away from a larger ice shelf

Antarctic Ice, Antarctica, Nori Jemil

Nori Jemil is a London based freelance travel writer and photographer and the 2010 winner of Wanderlust Travel Photographer of the Year (Icons category). You can see more of her photography at www.norijemil.com or on her Facebook page

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