The Antarctic Peninsula is the ultimate polar wilderness. There is nothing else like it on Earth. Lofty serrated mountain ranges, all-encompassing glaciers and icebergs of every shape and size. Nutrient-rich waters define this pristine environment inhabited by robust populations of penguins, seals, and whales. In The South Shetland Islands there are the historical remains of a whaling station at Deception Island, as well as a multitude of far-flung research bases operated by various countries.