Majestic Arctic and Antarctica: Introducing the Ice Kingdom

Unlike Arctic region, which consists of the Arctic Ocean mainly and some parts of the northern countries, Antarctica is a separate continent, magnificent and mysterious, which keeps lots of its secrets under a mile-thick layer of ice covering 98% of its area. Regions near the South and North Poles are sometimes called desert lands, but in spite of this fact, those areas have a bunch of inhabitants, including animals (for example, seals and penguins), tundra-like plants, and omnipresent microorganisms. They adjusted themselves to living in such harsh weather conditions as extremely low temperatures (Antarctica is the coldest continent in the world) and constantly blowing sharp biting winds. Moreover, the dangerous “ozone hole” is situated right above Antarctica, being as large today as the continent itself. No wonder, that this land of yet uncovered enigmas attracts special attention of many scientists from all over the world.

For the majority of people both Arctic zone and Antarctica (North and South Pole respectively) may seem almost like the never-found famous Atlantis – similarly mystique, unexplored, and obscure. On the other hand, for about 5,000 people, living throughout the year in Antarctica itself, this land is more than real with all its roughness, unfriendliness, and mysteriousness. Among those brave hearts, who took the risk of withstanding Antarctica and North Pole “hospitality”, there are many talented photographers. They travelled to the edge of the world in order to make it closer to us, more understandable and friendlier. Welcome our today showcase of the Poles, their cold beauty, splendor, and mightiness so vividly represented on the images taken by the enthusiastic creative photographers!

Snow storm by Apaar Tuli

13 Antarctica Elephant Island by Travelmonkeys

Penguin suburbia by Robert Bingham

ANTARCTIC SKY 1 by RAYANDBEE

Warm Ice – Fjallsárlón, Iceland by Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Antarctica – Iceberg by hachiko_it

Storm Cloud by Christopher DiNottia

Dorms after a storm by sandwichgirl

…another winter storm.. by gamma>


Crystal Cave – Svínafellsjökull in Skaftafell, Iceland by Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Grotto in an iceberg, photographed during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913, 5 Jan 1911 by National Library NZ

Ice mask, C.T. Madigan, between 1911-1914 / photograph by Frank Hurley by State Library of New South Wales

Polar Star by Ville Miettinen

Antarctic Iceberg by Bill Adler

Humans ahoy! by Madhu Reddy

Antártida Argentina by Sussy Lombardía

Head in the Clouds by John Dalkin

Out of the mist by John Dalkin

Grytviken, South Georgia Is. by geccko’s watercolours

Shipwrecks (Dias & Albatros), South Georgia Is. by geccko’s watercolours

The Antarctic Cold by James Hill

Two Icebergs by D’Arcy Guerin Gue

Antarctica – Adelie Penguins by B-Cru

Iceberg Window by D’Arcy Guerin Gue

Antarctica by Chris&Steve

Ice Bridge Antarctic Sea Ice (200910270017HQ) (explored) by nasa hq photo

Blue Ice by Robert Bingham

Uummannaq, North Greenland by Gerald Zinnecker

Iceberg, near Ilulissat, Disco Bay, Greenland by Gerald Zinnecker

Iceberg, near Ilulissat, Disco Bay, Greenland by Gerald Zinnecker

Icebergs, near Ilulissat, Disco Bay, Greenland by Gerald Zinnecker

Country-of-elves—Aurora-B by Stein Liland

Blue Hour Ice – Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Aurora rainbow, Tromvik by Antony Spencer

Sampo icebreaker by Henri Bonell

Iceberg Graveyard in Antarctica by Bill Adler

Amongst Titans – Fjallslón by Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Natural architecture by Vilhjálmur Ingi Vilhjálmsson

Iceberg ahead! by Ville Miettinen

Polar Bear just outside of Resolute Bay, Nunavut. by Ronald Campbell

I have been to MY promised land! by ucumari

Zodiac near the iceberg by Yaroslav Nikitin

Kittiwakes on the Iceberg by Yaroslav Nikitin

Weddell Seal by Yaroslav Nikitin

Polar bears close to the Icebreaker by Yaroslav Nikitin

“Yamal” in the Arctic Ocean by Yaroslav Nikitin

Thick-billed Murres on the Iceberg by Yaroslav Nikitin

Transportation of Ore in the Arctic by Yaroslav Nikitin

Giants of the Arctic by Yaroslav Nikitin

Arctic people by nagel

Iceland Glaciers by Oleg Cheremin

Arctic Mountains by Carl Erik Hagen

THE ARCTIC by Lindsay Beaumont

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