Friday, 13 February 2009

Deception Island and Yankee Harbour

This morning we landed at Whalers Bay inside the crater of Deception Island, an active volcano. Landings at Deception Island always have a unique atmosphere, as steam rises from the beaches, and the water that accumulates in footprints close to the shoreline is so hot that you can hardly put your hand into it. We continued towards Greenwich Island where we arranged our afternoon landing at Yankee Harbour. Hundreds of newly fledged gentoo penguin chicks populated the beach, approaching us curiously. There is no other place in the world where you can have these intimate encounters with wild animals!

The pictures of the day were taken by Rosemary Hayward and Helgard and Oliver Gimm.