Entrance to Deception Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica

Deception Island’s collapsed volcanic cone provides one of the safest natural harbours in the world, despite periodic eruptions. To enter ships must navigate a tricky 230 meter-wide break in the volcano’s walls which has been nicknamed “Neptune’s Bellows.” At the center of the passageway is a rock called “Ravn Rock” by French explorer Charcot. This lies unseen 2.5 meters under the surface of the water and ships must take care to avoid it.

I took photos as we entered the island.

Deception Island from a distance

Rock formation called “The Needles.” This is just outside the island.

Collapsed cathedral crag called “Neptune’s Window” seen from the sea.



Turning into the island

View of the cliffs

February 20, 2017

Miles Hearn

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