Despite being one of the least visited places on earth, Antarctica still made Lonely Planets Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2016 list. As the furthest southern continent, and with the coldest temperatures ever recorded taking place on the icy continent (-128.6 degrees), it’s hard to imagine why anyone in their right mind would want to visit. Unlike the northern arctic, Antarctica does not have polar bears. It does, however, offer some of the best opportunities to see glaciers, icebergs, snow-packed mountains, and yes, adorable waddling penguins.
Kalle Ljung and his father decided that cold temperatures were not enough to scare them away from Antartica’s frozen terrain. Coupled with a DJI Phantom 2 and a GoPro, they decided to take a trip through the Great White Desert to experience this unique and rarely visited location. Ljung describes the route the pair took on his Vimeo description.
This movie was shot during our 20 days trip to Antarctica in December 2014 to January 2015.
We started from Ushuaia in Argentina and went to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica. We spent 16 days in the Antarctic and got to experience the most amazing scenery and wildlife before we returned back to Ushuaia.
Taking the Phantom seemingly dangerously close to glaciers, the pair came away with breathtaking views of the jagged frozen mountaintops and glaciers. As the quadcopter slowly glides across the sky, providing jaw-dropping views of the icy landscapes, you can’t help but make you wonder how incredible and undiscovered parts of this world actually are.
All photos are screenshots from the film.