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South Georgia

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To visit South Georgia is to bear witness to an extraordinary world of biodiversity and geographical variety, often nicknamed ‘the Galapagos of the Poles’. Inhabited by just a handful of temporary researchers, this crescent-shaped island is home to a huge population of penguins and seals, who have claimed the fjords and glaciers here as part of their own glorious kingdom. South Georgia's most famous residents, of course, are the 250,000 breeding King Penguins who live on Salisbury Plain, in the shadow of Grace Glacier, along with the thousands of fur and elephant seals who live and breed on the island’s beaches.

As the final resting place of famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, South Georgia is a particular favourite of polar history enthusiasts, who come to the island to pay respects at his grave in the tiny Grytviken churchyard. It is traditional for a crew member give a short speech before the whole expedition raises a glass of whiskey in Shackleton’s honour.

Things To See In South Georgia

No trip to South Georgia would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.

  • Discover South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula
    South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

    Explore both the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia on this 16-day voyage. South Georgia is considered the 'Galapagos of Antarctica' with is beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals. Visit the historic sites of past explorers as well as Shackleton's final resting place.

  • Discover Totality in Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
    Totality in Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

    Capture the magic of Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia as you embark on a once in a lifetime event to witness the total eclipse of the sun.

South Georgia at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about South Georgia:

  • Time Difference - AEST +2
  • Approx. Flight Time - 9 hours, 40 mins
  • Population - 1,000 to 5,000 depending on season