Deception Island

Deception Island Travel Blog

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Approaching Deception Island, some interesting coast rocks
Sunrise 02:55, sunset 23:01

This morning our ship reached the South Shetland group of islands. Our destination was Deception Island,   a giant caldera from a volcano, it's more than 9 miles in diameter and shaped like a donut with an opening. The volano was last active in 1970. There were thermal springs here, the location of those crazy photos of people bathing in the hot springs in Antarctica.  It was really windy, big waves pounding the rocks of the outside part of the island. Incredibly I was not seasick today at all, and I enjoyed standing in the front of the ship as it bounced its way into the flooded caldera called Port Foster, passing the narrow opening known as Neptune's Bellows. Port Foster extended about 6 miles into the island and there were several places of interests.
Heading toward the opening of the caldera called Neptune's Bellows.


It was more than 80 knots winds inside also, and we couldn't land at the first place planned, Telefon Bay (where we could have walked to a recently formed crater filled with meltwater). On our ship (and I am sure many others), there were a diagram of wind scales, the last one "penguins are flying", meant that it was gale force wind, and the penguins would have been flying here today. The wind did die down later in the day, and our captain put our ship close to shore inside the caldera. We still had to use the zodiacs for the last 20-30 feet to shore of course. Then we got to walk on the island at Whaler's Bay.

There were abandoned whale processing structures here, huge oil storage tanks and boilers. The whaling station was used between 1910 and 1931.  We even found parts of an old airplane were here (meaning that it had flown here at some point in time!)

We climbed up to the side of the crater and through an dip in the hills called Neptune's Window. We could see the waters outside! The scenary was very other-worldly. As most scenaries on this trip.

Elsewhere inside the crater were two research bases, one Argentine and the other Spanish. We did not visit them.
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Approaching Deception Island, some…
Approaching Deception Island, som…
Heading toward the opening of the …
Heading toward the opening of the…
Wind-whipped waves inside the cald…
Wind-whipped waves inside the cal…
Looking  back at the opening from …
Looking back at the opening from…
a dip on the caldera wall called N…
a dip on the caldera wall called …
abandoned structures inside the ca…
abandoned structures inside the c…
old whale oil storage tanks
old whale oil storage tanks
Water got calmer, and we landed in…
Water got calmer, and we landed i…
On the shore of the caldera, you c…
On the shore of the caldera, you …
an abandoned airplane on Deception…
an abandoned airplane on Deceptio…
an Artic Tern inside the caldera. …
an Artic Tern inside the caldera.…
an old boat at Whalers Bay on Dec…
an old boat at Whaler's Bay on De…
A lone gentoo penguin on Deception…
A lone gentoo penguin on Deceptio…
On the way the dip of the wall of …
On the way the dip of the wall of…
Looking at the caldera from Neptun…
Looking at the caldera from Neptu…
old wood barrels on Deception Isla…
old wood barrels on Deception Isl…
Bransfield Strait, Trinity (?) isl…
Bransfield Strait, Trinity (?) is…
Two Hummock island in Bransfield S…
Two Hummock island in Bransfield …
Hoseason island, covered in ice an…
Hoseason island, covered in ice a…
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Sunset in the Antarctic Gerlache …
Deception Island
photo by: portia