South Shetland Islands

One of the first ports of call on many Antarctic expeditions are the spectacular South Shetland Islands, which lie just to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit the chinstrap penguin colonies and take a volcanic bath in the hot springs of Deception Island’s sheltered caldera. Then spot elephant, leopard and Weddell seals, together with Adelie and gentoo penguins, on the largest island in the group, King George Island.

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