Friday Lens Affair 249

Door Shaped Ice Mountain, Iceberg, Antarctica

Today I’m featuring a shot od door-shaped ice mountain taken in Antarctica by Danielle Lawson from the Live in 10 Countries Blog.

Danielle is a girl on a mission to live in 10 countries before she pops her clogs – and take everyone along on the journey!

She’s all about getting under the skin of a new place and sharing everything from the secret hot pools she found in Iceland to the active volcano you can visit in Italy.

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Photo Story: Door Shaped Ice Mountain

I shot this from the icy deck of a Zodiac, drifting through a landscape that belongs in Game of Thrones.

Our guide had taken us out for a day exploring the ice formations and we’d also caught a host of penguins ‘flying’ (more a short but powerful jump) off an iceberg and a walrus trying to sunbathe.

At one point our guide reached in a picked up a floating honeycomb of ice the size of a loaf of bread. It was magical. We rounded a corner and saw this and thought ‘wow’ on that day.

So how did I come to be in Antarctica drifting at the end of the world?

It wasn’t really planned. I was initially part of a large female-only travel group on Facebook and they were planning a trip to Antarctica.

It piqued my interest and I started to do my research. The options in Antarctica are INCREDIBLE.

It’s not just cruising past stunning wildlife, you can camp on the continent, go stand up paddleboarding in the ocean, canoe, ski, do yoga on a frozen wasteland and so much more.

I realised that I could plan the trip much more cheaply if I went solo, the reason being that tour operators typically offer large groups one ‘free’ ticket per 15 passengers as an incentive, paid for through the other tickets.

That means that in a large group, you may be paying for the organisers’ tickets without realising it.

So I took a deep breath and I booked a last minute deal solo, to spend November on the trip of a lifetime.

It really blew me away, and not only was my roommate fantastic company but I made some fantastic friends who I am still in contact with. In fact, we’ve all booked a trip to the Arctic next year and we’re stoked!

An iceberg or ice mountain is a large piece of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf and is floating freely in open water.

As it drifts into shallower waters, it may come into contact with the seabed, a process referred to as seabed gouging by ice. About 90% of an iceberg is below the surface of the water.

The word “iceberg” is a partial loan translation from the Dutch word ijsberg, literally meaning ice mountain, cognate to Danish isbjerg, German Eisberg, Low SaxonIesbarg and Swedish isberg.

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