Whalers Bay

Whalers Bay is the part of Deception Island that most tourist ships visit. It's a desolate place, with a strange atmosphere even in good weather. In bad weather it's downright depressing. The shoreline is littered with remnants of the whaling industry, and the more Imperialist end of Antarctic exploration.

It's also full of history and ghosts. The structures lie tilted, distorted by and half submerged in the mud flows from the volcanic eruptions which led to the area being abandoned. Further eruptions seem to be expected - maybe one day the volcano will wipe Whalers Bay clean.

Photographically, however, if you're inclined towards wreckage and weathering, it's a goldmine.