Another early start with breakfast and they a morning landing at whalers bay at Deception Island. It was pretty overcast today a low level mist meaning there was low visibility. The site was covered in black volcanic ash soil and there were a scattering of derelict buildings which had formerly been used in the early 1900’s..
There was a cold wind blowing when I landed and an active wildlife on display with some fur seals posing on the beach and then a colony of chinstrap penguins. In the sky there were some snow petrels and albatrosses but these were harder to see with the mist surrounding the island.
Aside from admiring the wildlife there was a scheduled hike which lead up to a vantage point from which the entrance to the island could be seen. Unfortunately due to the mist the visibility was not great but it was still an impressive view.
The afternoon landing was another site at Deception island called Teflon Bay, there was no much wildlife there but there was a mountain to climb. It was a 90 minute climb to get up and down and due to the overcast conditions the views were fairly limited. It was quite peaceful at the top though with a no people or wildlife to be seen or heard.
Back on board the ship the evening was quite relaxing, I had signed up to a ballot were you got to dine with some members of the expedition team. It was a good chance to get to know the team better and was actually more fun than I expected. Then straight after dinner there was a briefing about the next days landings.