Visit Antarctica is an opportunity that will only come around once in a lifetime. The end of the world is a breathtaking snow and ice landscape that is home to some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. It is also the beginning of the end of the world. Visitors to Antarctica frequently travel to South Georgia, which is a popular tourist destination.
South Georgia, which lies approximately 3,000 kilometers north of Antarctica and is not technically a part of the continent, is considered to be a separate entity. However, when it comes to biodiversity and history, this tiny island packs a powerful punch.
Adding South Georgia to the itinerary of an already expensive Antarctic vacation is a worthwhile investment in terms of money and time. The cost of a trip to this part of the world is significant, and you will almost certainly never return there again. If at all possible, you should include a visit to South Georgia in your travel itinerary.
We’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons why you should include South Georgia in your Antarctica cruise itinerary in order to illustrate our point.
The Penguins earned a 1-0 victory over the Sharks.
South Georgia is the location for almost all of the king penguin documentaries. On the island, there are more than 450,000 breeding pairs of king penguins, which are both stunningly beautiful and charismatic in their own right.
It will be possible to see king penguin colonies that stretch as far as the eye can see from some landing locations. These magnificent birds, with their eye-catching orange and yellow plumage, make for excellent photographic subjects because of their striking appearance.
In South Georgia, more than a million yellow-feather macaroni penguins can be found. The fact that these adorable penguins are smaller than king penguins does not detract from the fact that they are still a delight to watch. Their yellow “eyebrows” or crests, which are almost comical at first glance, give them an almost comical appearance.
Keep in mind that due to wildlife regulations, you are not permitted to get too close to a penguin. As soon as the penguins get close enough to you, they will frequently walk right by your feet.
The Seals, Part II
Seals and penguins can be found in abundance in South Georgia. South Georgia is home to 5 million fur seals, accounting for 95 percent of the world’s total population of the species. As you approach the shore in your zodiacs, you can see a large number of these friendly seals darting in and out of the water.
The Southern elephant seals, on the other hand, are the true stars of South Georgia’s natural history. When you land on the island, you can almost immediately hear the snorting of the hundreds of thousands of people who call the place home. Males of this species can grow to weigh 4,000 kilograms and stand 6 meters tall, making them the largest of their species.
Those who arrive in time for the beginning of the season will be able to witness bullfights between bulls and their respective harems of cowgirls. Being able to witness two animals that weigh roughly the same as a family car go head to head is an unforgettable experience.
The Third Chapter in the History of the World
Whaling played an important role in the history of South Georgia, as it does in many other parts of the Antarctic continent. Several abandoned whaling stations can be found in South Georgia, and visitors can take tours of the oil barrels and old whaling station buildings. These eerie reminders of South Georgia’s once-thriving whale-harvesting industry are a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape.
explorer Ernest Shakleton was laid to rest in South Georgia, where he had completed his final journey as part of the British Antarctic Survey. With his ship, the Endurance, grounded in Antarctica due to ice, the explorer embarked on one of the most daring and dangerous sea voyages in history during his 1916 Antarctic expedition. They crossed the ocean to South Georgia on their own, with only a small life boat and their six crew members, and received no assistance from anyone along the way.
When Ernest Shackleton died in 1922, his body was buried in Grytviken Bay on the South Georgia peninsula. It is now considered illegal to pay a visit to his final resting place while in the state of Georgia.
A landscape with a Jurassic feel to it
Antarctica and South America are linked by an underwater mountain chain in South Georgia, which runs between the two continents. As a result of these mountains poking their heads above the water, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands were formed.
As a result, the landscape of South Georgia is nothing short of spectacular. It is the contrast between the penguin-studded beaches and the ice-capped peaks rising behind them that will capture the attention of photographers.
If you’re looking to get out and explore the mountains and surrounding areas, there are a number of short hikes you can go on. In most cases, visitors have plenty of time to explore the area and observe wildlife after arriving at a landing. If you have the opportunity to walk as much as possible, do so because you never know what kind of wildlife or scenic views you might come across.
The Peregrine Falcon (also known as the Peregrine Falcon 4)
Wandering albatrosses have one of the largest wingspans of any birds on the planet. With wingspans of up to three and a half meters, these magnificent birds glide effortlessly across the ocean without flapping their wings. Albatrosses are capable of spending up to six years at sea without ever touching down on land.
Rats were introduced to South Georgia as a result of human activity, which decimated the population of these massive birds in the area. Currently, the wandering albatross can be found only on Bird Island and Prion Island in South Georgia, which are both protected areas.
During the nesting season, which runs from December to February, visitors are not permitted to visit these islands at any time of year. Visiting the islands is recommended during the shoulder months of Antarctica’s season, which is from December to March.