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Feb 23, 2014 - Polar Swim

Sailing into Deception Island, an active volcano! Deception Island was once a whaling station, the remains of the living facilities and oil extraction equipment are still there. Here we saw playful fur seals. The beach here was sandy. We found a jelly fish and a starfish that are a different speciEs than we are used to seeing. We climbed the dirt hill to see lichen, Antarctic grass, moss and another round plant. Today was the day to swim in the bay. The first one in was an English older woman who went in the nude! I did not go in, but Verne...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Sunday - Yankee Harbor & Barrientos Island

Antarctica - Sunday - Yankee Harbor & Barrientos Island Nov 27, 2011 Today was our last day in Antarctica before we headed north in the Drake Passage. The weather has turned more like we had expected with 32F and snow. Tom set up his camera with a long telephoto lens and dressed in 5 layers. Upon landing from the zodiac we were greeted with, "The weather has gone from bad to worse, so we'll only stay an hour. Keep you life vest on and if you hear the ship's whistle, head back to the zodiac landing." Despite all the worry, the best views...

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Jan 5, 2011 - Deception Island

These are the last photos we´ll enter for Antarctica. We´ve returned to Ushuaia for a couple days after the cruise. The return voyage across the Drake Passage was a RIDE. We experienced Beaufort scale Force 9 - 10; Force 12 is a Hurricane/Typhoon. 50 knot winds were constant aand they gusted at times to near 60. Waves were typically 30-40 feet high, and reportedly maxed at almost 100 feet a couple times in the middle of the night. The ship ride was actually not so terrible due to our direction of travel and that of the wind/waves. None the...

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Nov 12, 2010 - Boat Day 7

at 5am we were in front of Baily Head at Deception Island, unfortunately the seas were too rough for a landing, so we were unable to disembark to view the 65,000 chinstrap penguin colony. we continued sailing through Neptune's Bellows into the heart of Deception Island (an old volcano crater that has been submerged). We had 9am landing at Whaler's Bay and hiked up to Neptune's Window to have a view point of the open sea and the bay. while walking we saw the remains of the old Norwegian Hektor whaling station (which operated from 1912 to...

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Feb 8, 2010 - Antarctic Peninsula scenic cruising of Deception Island

What is Deception Island like? Deception Island is an island in South Shetland off the Antarctic Peninsula, which has one of the safest harbours in Antarctica. A recently active volcano in 1967 and 1969 caused serious damage to the local scientific stations. The only current research bases are run by the Argentine Army and Spain.The islandis approximately circular with a diameter of about 12 km (7.5 mi). A peak on the east side of the island, Mt. Pond, has an elevation of 1,778 ft, and over half the island is covered by glaciers. The center...

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Feb 8, 2010 - Deception Island

All we can say about Drakes Passage is – Beam me up, Scotty. ☺ There have been lots of choppy seas, extremely high winds, and a chill factor that penetrates through everything outside. The doors of the cabin whistle, the ship rocks and rolls, and there is a foggy mist over the ocean. We’re in a low-pressure system. We’re still having a lot of fun INSIDE the ship … but this is our life for 4 to 5 days – no landings. (Not that we’d want to get out here ☺) There are three levels of floating ice in Antarctica: growlers, icebergs, and tabulars....

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Dec 8, 2009 - South Shetlands: Deception Island & Half Moon Island

Today is one of the most exciting days for me. Today is the day we get to subject ourselves to freezing cold waters in bathing suits - a true polar plunge! Kara updated us on the wind situtation because we could only get into Depection Island if the winds were not too strong. Deception Is. is an active volcano that blew out its side years ago and sea water rushed in. There are still some active vents and eruptions are thought to be on a 30-40 year cycle. The last one was over 40 years ago, so they are due. In the old days, tourists used to...

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Nov 25, 2009 - Antarctica Trip - Day 9 & 10

Sea sick and sleeping all day through the 5 meter sea... Iris =========================================================== Marcus decided to ruin my nice and clean one line blog by commenting... Our last two day on the boat we mainly spent feeling a bit seasick and sleeping. Our seasickness pills are very strong and they pretty much send us to sleep as soon as we take one. We feel very tired and drowsy as we take these pills. Although we have been feeling unwell, we haven’t had to throw up or similar. The passage has been reasonably rough....

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Nov 24, 2009 - Antarctica Trip - Day 8

During the night the ship has been steaming north towards Deception Island. In effect we are now heading back to Ushuaia and we’re reaching the end of our adventure. The passage back Argentina is quite long and we’re not looking forward to passing the Drake Passage again. As the forecast looks right now, it might be a fairly rough passage. They said that the waves are currently seven meters high in the Drake. Let’s hope that it gets better and we get a nice and quiet passage! We woke up around seven o’clock as we were heading for our stop...

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Dec 30, 2007 - Deception Island

Early this morning we sailed into and around the caldera at Deception Island. This is apparently a very tricky entrance and exit for the captain, and several ships have run aground there in the past. It was very interesting, because it's really the first landmass we've seen since leaving Ushuaia. Today I actually went to pilates class, plus Spanish, and our mandatory briefing about the zodiacs, because today is our first outing in them. Dumb question of the day in the briefing: "What happens if you accidentally bump into a penguin and...

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Antarctica 2008

Dec 11, 2007 - Antarctica: Deception Island (Bailey Head)

Day5 – Going where only fools dare to swim This mornings landings is on Wild Beach on Bailey Head a prominent headland that sticks out from Deception Island which is the most southerly of the South Shetland group of Islands. Jumping off the Zodiac like a pro it was hard not to be impressed by the jet black sand beach underfoot with the black and white penguins wondering all around. What was amazing about to see here was that it was the home of a huge Chinstrap penguin colony, over half a million, spread out from the beach as far as the eye...

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EZ Duz it!

Dec 6, 2007 - The Deceit of Deception Island

We had set our alarm for 5.50am and probably for the first time ever Tim practically lept out of bed. Our journey this morning was to take us through Neptunes Bellows and hopefully into Deception Island. The journey through Neptunes Bellows is a narrow channel with steep cliffs either side which takes (apparently) considerable seamanship by the captain to enable the ship to enter the bay, which is actually the crater of an old volcano. Tim had been spending more and more time in the bridge and apart from the great photo opps he was keen to...

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