Deception Island (62°57’S, 60°38’W) is one of the most incredible islands on the planet.
It is an active volcano in the South Shetland Islands, off the Antarctic Peninsula. Its unique landscape comprises barren volcanic slopes, steaming beaches and ash-layered glaciers. It has a distinctive horse-shoe shape with a large flooded caldera. This opens to the sea through a narrow channel at Neptunes Bellows, forming a natural sheltered harbour. It is one of the only places in the world where vessels can sail directly into the centre of a restless volcano.
Deception Island has a sparse but exceptional flora, including at least 18 species of moss or lichen which have not been recorded elsewhere in the Antarctic, 2 of which are endemic. No other area in Antarctica is comparable. Of particular importance are the unique plant communities that grow at the island’s geothermal areas, and the largest known community of Antarctic pearlwort (Colobanthus quitensis).

We anchored in Whalers bay and visited the remains of the whaling station and abandoned British base B.There was lots of snow inside from leaking roofs.
We saw Adelie and chinstrap penguins and extensive colonies of breeding seabirds,like Antarctic Fulmars and Skuas and inquisitive leopard seals.
I liked this photograph due to the contrast of the red iron rusted tanks in contrast to the endless shades of white.

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Image detail: Gary Ramage