To us, South Georgia is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Though geographically speaking the island lies in the subantarctic area, as do the islands of Macquarie and Heard, it has a climate more in keeping with the true Antarctic regions. This is because South Georgia lies wholly within the Antarctic Convergence.
South Georgia is a British possession, having been claimed and named for King George III on 16 January 1775 by Captain James Cook, who records in his journal: "The wild rocks raised their lofty summits till they were lost in the clouds and the valleys lay buried in ever-lasting snow. Not a tree or a shrub was to be seen, no, not even big enough to make a toothpick. I landed in three different places, displayed our colours and took possession of the country in His Majesty's name under a discharge of small arms." (Quote from "Antarctic Housewife" by Nan Brown.)
On 20 May 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Crean and Worsley stumbled into the busy whaling station at Stromness; hungry, exhausted and covered in grime. They had just made the first ever crossing of the mountains of South Georgia, from King Haakon Bay, to find help for their three exhausted companions left at Cave Cove and to rescue the men they had left on Elephant Island. They had sailed in the James Caird for 16 days under horrendous conditions and found safety in the tiny entrance of Cave Cove. This epic story of survival had begun with the sinking of their ship, the Endurance, in the Weddell Sea, six months earlier. As we explore South Georgia, we will have the opportunity to reflect on Shackleton’s epic journey.
Some other glorious destinations we plan to visit in South Georgia are: Grytviken, St Andrews Bay, Godthul and Prion Island.
Other stunning wildlife destinations we may visit include: Elsehul Bay, Royal Harbour
Cooper Bay, Drygalski Fjord, Larsen Harbour, Stromness, Salisbury Plains, Gold Harbour, Right Whale Bay, Possession Bay.