What’s so great about South Georgia?
Frank S. Todd (1942-2016), world-renowned ornithologist and penguin expert, famously said, “If God took a vacation, it would be to South Georgia.” This subantarctic island is known throughout the world — and perhaps beyond — as one of our planet’s greatest locations for wildlife viewing. But
Anyone who is enamored with wildlife documentaries will be familiar with the stunning footage shot in South Georgia by the BBC with David Attenborough. Situated just south of the Antarctic Convergence, South Georgia is surrounded by some of the most bountiful seas on Earth. After feasting on the banquet of the Southern Ocean, pinnipeds and seabirds alight, waddle or haul themselves ashore in numbers that will leave you dumbfounded. The island hosts upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguin, prion, petrel and tern, not to mention the carnivorous South Georgia pintail duck. On its broad beaches, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable king penguins—truly one of the world’s most
South Georgia Museum at Grytviken
The abundance of marine mammals and its proximity to Antarctica made
For visitors looking for something even more active, there is an extraordinary hiking route known as the Shackleton Walk. This 6-km subalpine hike, starting at Fortuna Bay, follows the last leg of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley and Tom Crean in 1916 as they crossed the island to reach “civilization” at the now-abandoned Stromness whaling station—a dramatic chapter in one of the most remarkable stories of Antarctic exploration.
On this strenuous guided hike, you will follow in some very historic footsteps while enjoying South Georgia’s gorgeous alpine scenery and glaciers from a unique perspective. Highlights include Crean Lake, Shackleton Waterfall and the lush Shackleton Valley where wildlife abounds.