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The 10 Most Instagrammable Moments in Antarctica

A journey to icy Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of epic proportions. Awaken each day as if in a snow globe witnessing expansive glittering landscapes, towering glaciers, and sculpted icebergs in a land where the locals are tuxedoed penguins, spouting whales and basking seals.  

From sea kayaking excursions to Zodiac landings, Crystal Endeavor’s expert-led expeditions showcase Antarctica with immersive experiences and wildlife encounters so close they will take your breath away. In this photogenic paradise a picture is worth a thousand words, so have your camera ready to capture memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Let’s dive in and explore the 10 most Instagrammable moments in Antarctica…

Fur seals bask on the rocks in Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina & the Beagle Channel – At the Southern tip of South America, nestled between the Martial Range and the Beagle Channel lies the triangular-shaped island of Tierra del Fuego and the city of Ushuaia.

The embarkation point for Crystal Endeavor’s Antarctica expeditions and a gateway to the icy wonderland of the Southern Ocean, Ushuaia boasts snow-capped mountain backdrops and wildlife along the Beagle Channel including sea lions, fur seals, gentoo and Magellanic penguins and a variety of sea birds.

Adélie Penguins

Penguins of Antarctica – Four species of penguins call the Antarctic continent home – Adélie, chinstrap, gentoo and emperor. Adélie penguins are identified by the white ring around their eyes; the aptly named chinstrap penguins are known for the narrow black band under their heads; gentoo penguins can be spotted by their red-orange bills and feet; and emperor penguins, the largest of the species, have pale yellow breast feathers and bright yellow ear patches.

Create you own “penguin safari” and see how many different species you can photograph!

Crabeater seal on an ice floe, Antarctica

Seals Basking on the Sea Ice – While seals spend most of their time in the water feeding, they can also be seen on ice floes and on land raising their young or basking in the sun. Guests can expect to see crabeater, Weddell, leopard and fur seals on Crystal Endeavor’s Antarctica voyages. As Antarctic seals have no native land predators, they show little fear of humans which is helpful when trying to get that perfect photograph.

Humpback whale tail showing on the dive, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Playful Whales – Whales come to the nutrient-rich feeding grounds of Antarctica to feed on krill and build their fat reserves for the following season of migration and mating. Reaching up to 40 tons in weight and 15 meters in length humpback whales can be spotted in locales throughout the Southern Ocean.

Crystal Endeavor’s expedition guests can expect to encounter minke whales and humpback whales as they explore the waters of Antarctica. Large groups of whales often congregate in different bays to feed. Depending on conditions guests may have the chance to experience whales up-close from Zodiac boats and even kayaks!

Massive Iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula

Icebergs, Antarctic Peninsula – At 5.4 million-square-miles, the Antarctic Ice Sheet is the greatest mass of fresh water on Earth. As snow falls on the interior of the continent it turns to ice and slowly pushes out over the water until the ice shelf breaks off into tremendous tabular bergs.

Including a Zodiac boat in some of your photos of these impressive icebergs can provide a pop of color, human interest and scale. Zodiac excursions are an exhilarating part of the expedition experience and great to photograph.

King Penguins, South Georgia Island

King Penguin Colonies of South Georgia Island – King penguins breed year round and some super colonies on South Georgia Island are reputed at times to have more wildlife per square foot than any place on earth.

The massive king penguin colonies at St. Andrew’s Bay and Salisbury Plain are unforgettable spectacle to behold. The regal king penguin is about as photogenic as it gets from is impressive size to its bold splashes of color.

Sculpted ice along the Antarctic Penninsula

Sculpted Ice Bergs, Iceberg Alley – As icebergs break free from the ice shelf and float out into the sea, smaller pieces can break off. Weather, time and ocean currents carve these ice bergs into incredible natural ice sculptures. Antarctic Sound, also known as Iceberg Alley, is the best place to see and photograph these unique works of natural art.

Fun fact: When icebergs are less than 15 feet in height above the waterline they are known as “bergy bits” and when they whittle away to less than three feet above the surface they are known as “growlers.”

Southern Rockhopper Penguin, Falkland Islands.

Rockhopper Penguins, Falkland Islands – The Falkland Islands feature incredible albatross, seal and penguin populations and nearly half a million breeding pairs of penguins including rockhopper, king, Magellanic, gentoo and macaroni penguins.

Distinguished by red eyes, an orange beak, pink webbed feet, and the trademark yellow and black spiky feathers that crown their heads rockhopper penguins resemble the punk rockers of the penguin world. Their name derives from their dwellings along the rocky shoreline and their ability to nimbly hop from rock to rock.

Kayaker’s view of Antarctica

Kayak Adventure – Crystal Endeavor travels with a fleet of 14 sea kayaks and a team of expert guides offering adventure seekers the chance for up-close encounters with wildlife and magnificent ice formations.

If you’ve kayaked the waters of the Southern Ocean, you’ve earned bragging rights and it’s only fitting to take a fantastic photo to prove it! The front of the kayak makes a colorful contrast and bright photo composition against the deep hued waters and carved ice in the foreground.

Zodiac boat excursion to view a glacier

Antarctic Glaciers – Antarctica’s awe-inspiring glaciers are part of the world’s largest ice sheet which covers the southernmost continent with a thickness that swallows entire mountain ranges as well as volcanoes that exist under the icy exterior. To witness the majesty of the glaciers up close is an unforgettable experience.

Take a photo to capture the moment, but also take a time to enjoy the stillness and all-encompassing serenity of nature unlike anywhere else on earth.

The Ultimate in Expedition Luxury

The world’s fastest, most powerful, most spacious luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor is always ready for her close up, taking guests to the farthest reaches of the globe in exquisite style and luxury.

Designed to offer discerning travelers elegantly expansive private and public spaces, the ship accommodates just 200 guests in 100 well-appointed all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites and promises unrivaled service and personal attention with a staff to guest ratio of one to one.

Waterside, Crystal Endeavor

On Crystal Endeavor, true expedition adventure blends with Crystal hallmarks including Michelin-inspired dining options including Umi Uma – the first and only Japanese restaurant on an expedition ship, fine Italian cuisine at Prego, 24-hour room service and the optional Vintage Room, as well as the only casino on an expedition yacht and the full-service Crystal Life Salon & Spa and state-of-the-art Fitness Center.

Crystal Endeavor launches her inaugural Antarctic season with eight incredible voyages, November 2021 through February 2022, ranging from 11 to 19 nights and departing round-trip from Ushuaia.

All Antarctica voyages include complimentary non-stop chartered air from Miami to Ushuaia and luxury hotel accommodation in each city pre- and post-cruise, providing an effortless and worry-free vacation experience.

Say “yes” to expedition adventure today!

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