Deception Island: Antarctica’s Incredible Island of Ice and Fire

Deception Island: Antarctica’s Incredible Island of Ice and Fire

Think Antarctica is just a boring, icy continent? Wait until you reach Deception Island, and you'll never think of Antarctica the same way again!

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Image credits: Christopher Michel

The first image that comes to mind when anyone thinks about “Antartica” is commonly a freezing cold place dominated by icebergs and penguins. However, there is an incredible island that may change your perception about this isolated icy continent.

The ring-shaped Deception Island, located in the South Shetland Islands archipelago off the Antarctic Peninsula, is home to one of the safest harbours of the continent. The centre of the island is a large caldera of an active volcano which also functions as a natural refuge from storms and icebergs.

Image credits: Lyubomir Ivanov

Once used as whaling station, Deception Island is now a popular tourist attraction because of its natural hot springs – a perfect opportunity to wear your bikinis and swimsuits in the middle of freezing Antarctica.

-62.954330, -60.554403,Deception Island, Antarctica

If you’re planning a trip to Antarctica, add this island to your list of must-visit attractions.

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