The white continent up close – Jeremy Lee

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The Transantarctic Mountains extending into the distance 

There is nothing quite like the pristine expanse of wilderness in Antarctica, a continent forged by some of the harshest conditions on the planet where only a select group of lifeforms can survive. Although this landmass was once connected to Australia, Africa and South America, the landscapes are completely surreal – towering mountain peaks, superbly sculpted glaciers and fiercely carved icebergs are just some of the spectacles to be seen.

The Reeves Glacier is a fast-moving glacier near the coast which results in terrifically crevassed terrain

A Skua shows its dominance after kicking off another Skua from this excellent roosting rock

Having spent last summer there on a geological research expedition, I got an amazing opportunity to see the wonders of the deep south up close and personal. I spent a lot of time in the field, but there was still plenty of leisure time to wonder outside and awe at the surroundings. It was truly everything I could ever imagine and so much more – the crisp breeze across my face, the sound of a seal roaring in the distance, the crackle of the sea ice as it began to break – these are just some of the sensations that I reminisce about. The landscape was constantly changing and there was something new on the horizon every day. I’ll never forget sitting down in the snow and watching as a group of curious Adelie penguins waddled up to me to say hello.

Adelie Penguins waddle up to say hello

A Weddell seal breaches a crack in the sea ice to take a breather

There are many documentaries and videos that capture the essence of Antarctica, but none of them can compare to stepping foot on the continent yourself and embracing the sheer vastness of the frozen desert. I would completely recommend jumping on any opportunity to head down there and I promise that you will have an unforgettable experience.

Weddell seals take a snooze in front of the Campbell Glacier 

"Time for a swim lads!"

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