Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Possibly the most famous island in Antarctic expedition history, Elephant Island was the base for Ernest Shackleton's crew's amazing survival story in 1916. Stranded after his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and crushed in the ice flow, Shackleton set off with five of his men to go for help, leaving the remaining 22 on the island. With only penguins and the occasional seal to eat, freezing weather, and little shelter, it is a tribute to the human spirit that all 28 men survived the ordeal. The island remains the same now as it was then: remote, desolate, and intimidating.