Deception Island is a horseshoe-shaped volcanic island in Antarctica, known for its hot springs and stunning landscapes. It′s a popular stop for tourists, with opportunities to explore the island′s unique geology, bathe in the hot springs, and observe the abundant wildlife. Don′t miss the chance to walk on the black sand beaches and witness the remnants of the island′s whaling and scientific past.

Deception island used to be home to a whaling station, the remains of which can still be seen today (it is a protected heritage site). The ring-shaped island is in fact the top of a volcano, a caldera. The Deception Island volcano is still active – eruptions have happened as recently as 1970. Although the wildlife on the ash covered island does not seem to be abundant, thousands of petrels, gulls, skuas and terns breed on shores and cliffs here.

Deception Island is one of the most mysterious and intriguing ports in Antarctica, known not only for its stunning beauty but also for its dark history and eerie legends.

According to local lore, Deception Island was once home to a thriving whaling industry, and the sailors who worked here had many tales of strange occurrences and unexplained phenomena. One of the most famous of these tales tells of a ghostly ship that was said to haunt the waters around Deception Island.

Legend has it that the ship belonged to a group of whalers who had been caught in a terrible storm and perished at sea. Their ship, the story goes, was doomed to forever roam the waters around Deception Island, its spectral crew forever seeking shelter and rest.

Over the years, many sailors claimed to have seen the ghostly ship, with its tattered sails and rotting timbers, sailing through the fog and disappearing into the mist. Some even claimed to have heard the mournful cries of the lost crew, carried on the wind.

Despite the eerie legends that surround it, Deception Island remains a popular destination for tourists and adventurers alike. Visitors come to explore the island's dramatic landscapes, including its snow-capped peaks, icy beaches, and bubbling hot springs. But they also come to experience the sense of mystery and wonder that pervades this remote and hauntingly beautiful corner of the world.