📍 Deception Island / Polar Plunge 迪塞普遜島 / 極地跳水 - Part 7/9
Updated: Sep 30, 2022
Christie: One word: volcano. It's surprising, but Antarctica has active volcanoes, and Deception Island is one such volcano. Instead of the usual snow covering, the island is covered in volcanic ash. It is populated by a few hot springs pools. A lot of seals are here too - crabeater seals. Although named such, crabeater seals don't really eat crabs, funny enough. The seals came really close to the Zodiac. One was just a meter away from me!
Legend has it that Neptune's Window, an arc of islands, was the first place the explorers saw the Antarctica continent. After hiking to where the volcano last erupted, we made it to the shore and did a Polar Plunge! With bare feet, we skittered and submerged ourselves in the ice-cold water. It was great fun, although it sometimes felt like cold water needles across the body. The best thing was seeing penguins swimming right next to us.