Change of Scenery Once Again
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 274
Temperature : 3 degrees
Weather : Overcast
Antarctica Day Eight - Deception Island
It was our last day in Antarctica and we had returned to the South Shetland Islands once again, this time to Deception Island. The landscape had changed and there was no evidence of snow or icebergs on or around this volcanic island. Our first stop was Whalers Bay, if memory serves me correctly, where we climbed up the sides of the caldera to a viewpoint where we could overlook the bay. I must admit that after the amazing four days which we'd had touring Antarctica, there wasn’t much to see here, and I think most people were happy to return to the boat early, especially since it was absolutely freezing outside
A short while later the next landing was scheduled for those that wanted to swim in the warm waters which bubbled out of the ground on a nearby beach. I was still freezing at this point and had absolutely no intention of swimming in Antarctica….especially since the phrase "warm waters" should really be considered a relative term when compared to the surrounding waters which were an icy -1 degree Celcius. Kevin, although not keen on swimming himself, went along to take photographs of the dozen or so passengers who were brave enough to take the plunge, whilst I sat on the ship with a warm cup of tea between my hands trying to get some blood back into my fingers.
After lunch it was time to start our voyage back north, and within a few of hours it felt like we were entering the Drake Passage once again. I think the change from the calm waters to which we’d become accustomed, to the swell and rolling seas affected everybody almost immediately, and once again the passengers started dropping like flies, along with the ship doctor!
We prepared ourselves for another 2 days of rolling and pitching….oh what a joy!