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.
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.
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.
Our voyage so far …
- Day 1 – Arriving At The End Of The World: Ushuaia, Argentina
- Day 2 – Sailing The Dreaded Drake
- Day 3 – Today, A Big Surprise
- Day 4 — Destination: Mainland Antarctica, It Only Gets Better
- Day 5 – Brilliant Sunlight, Beautiful Bay, Awesome Antarctica
- Day 6 – The Polar Plunge & Vodka At A Remote Outpost
- Day 7 – Change Of Plans: Ice-Choked Channel Causes Us To Miss Port Lockroy, But …