Deception Island, Antarctica
Harsh and cold, the weather wild and the bombardment constant, Deception Island is a brutal place. Formed from the caldera of an active volcano that first erupted some 10,000 years ago, this is an unforgiving environment. The lava still bubbles, not far beneath the surface, but for the few who do step foot on this South Shetland archipelago, there are more pressing matters to consider.
The freezing temperatures and pounding winds don’t make the island conducive to human habitation, although people have lived here down the years. For a time, this was an important whaling station, home to several hundred men, with its own cemetery, radio station and hand-operated railway, whilst various research facilities have been housed here in more recent times. Remnants remain, for those hardy enough to explore. In the main, though, the island is the domain of penguins and countless sea-bird colonies, making this a haunting place for those seeking an Antarctic adventure.