Deception Island | Polar Unbound

Previously a whaling station, Deception Island is now a scientific outpost, where Antarctica’s first fossilized plants were discovered. Tourists visit the island for its colonies of chinstrap penguins, active volcano, and the island’s volcanic bath phenomenon. On this island’s beaches, visitors can dig into the sands of the beach and take warm volcanic baths. The shallow water provides the strange, simultaneous sensation of the volcano’s steam and island’s freezing weather.