The most evidence of the area’s whaling past can be found on Deception Island, a small island in the east of the South Shetland Islands. It was an important base for the whalers in the 20th century.
It still is, for the Japanese ‘scientific researchers’. Its name, Whalers Bay, speaks for itself. There are also many remains of scientific stations.
How do I get there?
The South Shetland Islands are about 120 kilometres north of the Antarctic Peninsula, and you can only get here by cruise ship.