Marine photographer and environmental lecturer Michael Nolan captured the pictures while on an annual voyage to observe the largest icecap in Norway Austfonna on July 16.
He said the image looked just like mother nature in tears, "as if she was crying about our inability to reduce global warming".
'Tears' in the natural sculpture were created by a waterfall of glacial water falling from one of the face's 'eyes'.
Mr Nolan has visited Norway's largest the icecap on the island of Nordaustlandet in the Svalbard archipelago for several years.
"On this trip I was struck myself by the amazing image of a woman's face, a motherly face, crying. Totally natural but very animated because of the amount of melt water running off.
"This is how one would imagine mother nature would express her sentiments about our inability to reduce global warming. It seemed an obvious place for her to appear, on the front of a retreating ice shelf, crying.
"It exactly fits with my image of mother nature, wise to the way of the world, and saddened by it."