Photo Essay: Deception Island, Antarctica through the lens

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Photo Essay: Deception Island, Antarctica through the lens

A Volcano in the Antarctic Sea

Deception Island in Pictures

Deception Island is one of those places you probably don’t want to just find yourself ‘stuck’ on. Unlike tropical islands with palm trees, and a warm sea breeze, this island is perhaps the polar opposite (pun intended). In the harsh Antarctic climate, Deception Island bursts from the ocean floor, creating a desolate landscape, with very unforgiving conditions. Yet life emerges. Penguins, Sea Lions and other Antarctic flora and fauna have found a way to make use of it’s sheltered walls.

We hope you enjoy the several pages of photographs of our journey to Deception Island, below.

 Deception Island

Deception Island - Making a landing

Enter at your own risk – a group making a landing!

Deception Island, Antarctica - Landing on shore

Everyone for this group arrives safely on shore so we can commence our exploration of this incredible geographical landscape.

Deception Island, Antarctica - Rugged cliffs

Greeted by beautiful volcanic cliffs which enclose the rim, sheltering it somewhat from the outside elements.

Deception Island, Antarctica - Hiking the shoreline

The rugged landscape makes for incredible un-earthly scenery!

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About the Author:

From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He's since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. Follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries!


  1. Tony Esteves December 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    As always, beautiful photos Ian!

    Japan = volcanic. Try climbing Mt. Fuji if you want a hike that is challenging but not so beautiful. Often I’ve found that volcanoes are not the most scenic hikes, but depending where you are, you can still get some great views.

    • Ian Ord December 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Hey Tony! I saw Fuji from a distance, but sadly did not have enough time to make the climb. I think it would be incredible, regardless of its scenery… and although greatly destructive, they also bring nutrients from the Earth’s core necessary for new life 🙂

  2. brandy bell January 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    now, this is going to sound stupid but no one really talks about the temperature in antarctica. I know, it’s a barren iceland filled with cute n cuddle creatures, but please do tell- is it colder than a witch’s tit or surprisingly bearable?

    • Ian Ord January 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Ah.. I can’t believe I left that out! Great question Brandy!! It certainly isn’t stupid. Now I haven’t had the, ermm, pleasure? to gauge the temperature of a witch’s tit…. yet… but I imagine they’re quite chilly. Because it’s Antarctica’s summer, the daytime temperature was often above freezing, and sunny, making it quite bearable. In fact, I was often taking off my winter jacket, as it was just too warm to wear it!

  3. Yeity January 17, 2013 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Amazing, what an incredible place to strike off your travel list.

    • Ian Ord January 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      It was an incredible experience – one I could easily relive in my mind for the rest of my days! Definitely worth putting high on your travel list!!

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