On the southernmost tip of Argentina, in an archipelago known as Tierra Del Fuego, or the Land of Fire, rests Ushuaia. It is a sleepy town marked by dramatic cliff sides, rocky plains, and counter to the name, lots of ice. By happenstance, my proximity to the almost literal edge of the world led me to hop onto a mini-cruise ship as part of a last minute budget package across the Drake Passage to Antarctica in 2015. When I wasn’t shivering, the experience brought forth a surreal landscape, the delicate, blue hues of imposing glaciers, the constant mischief of penguins, the majesty of whales, and the tear-inducing beauty of the solitude found in this kingdom of ice.
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