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
A humpback whale flukes in silvery, calm waters
Towering ice sculptures, formed by strong winds
A solo chinstrap penguin on a rocky outcrop in the rain
Ice worn into ridges, turned by waves and weather
Solo Gentoo, dwarfed by the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula
The detailed ridges of an iceberg, seen up close
Evening light on the Antarctic Peninsula
Inquisitive Gentoo penguins run to greet visitors
Aerial view of Antarctica on a flight to Australia
Sailing through the calm waters of the Lemaire Channel
Dimpled and cracked, weather-worn blue ice
Rapidly changing weather alters the colour of ice floes
A chinstrap penguin basking in the sun
The sculptures take shape and reform, as we slowly pass
A moulting Gentoo chick, oblivious to the background passenger ship
Edge of a vast iceberg, with land mass behind
A Weddell seal makes eye contact
Blue hued ice in clear weather
Icebergs surround dark seas under brooding skies
An imposing iceberg, broken away from a larger ice shelf
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.