On Live Voyage Reports: Day 8 – Visiting A Volcano & A Rough Ride Ahead?

At Telefon Bay on Deception Island. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

At Telefon Bay on Deception Island. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

I spent the day in a caldera. And it was in the most unusual of places for a traveler: Deception Island, in Antarctica. Not many travelers get to Deception Island, only about 10,000 people annually, I was told.

Cruising Silver Explorer to Antarctica. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Silver Explorer anchored at Whalers Bay. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

While Deception Island has one of Antarctica’s safest harbors, there are at least two hazards that travelers will want to avoid. The first is the narrow entrance to the harbor. Called Neptune’s Bellows, the entrance is only 754 feet wide (230 meters). It has the additional challenge of a rock, called Ravn Rock, situated in the middle of the channel just 8 feet (2.5 meters) below the water’s surface. It’s enough to make captains sweat.

Cruising Silver Explorer to Antarctica. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Silver Explorer anchored in the caldera of Deception Island. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The second hazard is that Deception Island has an active volcano. I was told that eruptions were predicted to be on a 30-year cycle. The last eruption was 44 years ago, in 1969.

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