Fun things to do in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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    Prion Island

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 15, 2007

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    Prion Island is a very special island, and rarely visited except as part of a scientific expedition. The island lies in the Bay of Isles towards the west end of South Georgia's northeast coast. It is a site of high environmental sensitivity and exceptional conservation value. An absolutely amazing island with many attractions!

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    Prion Island - Albatrosses

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 15, 2007

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    The island is an important breeding ground for wandering albatrosses, a massive bird that is an endangered species. The birds can be up to 10 kg heavy and have a wingspan of over 3 meters. An amazing fact is that most birds pair for life. Some of the albatrosses are reported to be travelling more then 7500 km in less then two weeks with speed over short distances of up to 135 km/h!!

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    Prion Island - Juvenile Albatrosses

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 15, 2007

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    Since Prion Island is a breeding island many juvenile albatrosses venture around. It is a funny yet amazing sight when these young birds train their wings and try to fly. On some occasion the bird would make a crash landing. These chicks only get fed on an average every five days while the parents are venturing around the South Atlantic in search for food.

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    St. Andrews Bay - Penguins

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 14, 2007

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    One can not express the sight of St. Andrews Bay if one has not seen it with once own eyes. Coming ashore here I was overwhelmed by the sight of some 500.000 King Penguins. The largest colony of King Penguins - the sheer size of this colony is unimaginable.

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    Grytviken

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Grytviken is the administrative capital of the South Georgia and Sandwich Islands. Previously a whaling station it has now become the scientific research centre on the island. Many visitors come to this part of the island, that accommodates some 20 - 30 inhabitants in summer and only around 7 in winter.

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    Grytviken Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Any stop in Grytviken and one has to visit the museum of South Georgia, with a great collection of artifacts from the whaling time, a display of the adventures of Sir Shackleton and the souvenir shop on the islands, that offer books, postcards and many other items. The outside display of the museum offers many items that have been removed from the whaling ships.

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    Grytviken Wildlife - Elephant Seals

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Just a short walk towards the left from the pier one can reach a colony of Elephant Seals, during our visit only females, their young ones and young bulls were to be seen. Quiet an amazing site to see this massive animal a few meters away.

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    Grytviken Wildlife - Penguins

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 13, 2007

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    There are thousands of penguins in South Georgia - and also right next to the town of Grytviken. The one displayed on the picture is the beautiful King Penguin of which quiet a few were resting along the waters edge or the river flowing from the mountain.

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    King Williams Point

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 13, 2007

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    King Williams Point is the village where one can find the post office, the fishery control centre and various other administrative buildings important for South Georgia. Here is also the oldest building on the island - the prison! Close to King Williams Point one can find Shackleton's Cross in memory of the voyage onboard the Endurance to the Antarctic mainland that started from here.

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    Grytviken Wildlife - Fur Seals

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Mixed with the massive Elephant Seals here in Grytviken one can also see the smaller Fur Seals. Hundreds of them swim towards the rocky beach, and move towards the grass above. A busy place this is - right next to the houses, on the pier, and even in the middle of town.

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    King Williams Cove

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 13, 2007

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    The sheltered bay that borders both Grytviken and King Williams Point is the King Williams Cove. Surrounded by high peaks with two glaciers and many streams flowing down from the mountains it is an absolutely stunning sight - a bonus that when I visited the clouds disappeared and all was clear!

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    Dead End Glacier

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 14, 2007

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    A few hundred meters before the end of the Drygalski Fjord one can see a glacier on the right hand side. The Dead End Glacier moves from the mountain range above. Huge cracks in the glacier can be seen and when we passed pieces of ice was thundering down into the sea below.

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    Drygalski Fjord - Icebergs

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 14, 2007

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    At first one would imagine that the floating icebergs that one can see at the entrance come from one of the massive glaciers inside the fjord, wrong, these icebergs make the journey from ice far greater then here - the Antarctic mainland.

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    Prion Island - Albatross Nesting

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 15, 2007

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    Albatrosses nest in union, as the one part of the pair is incubating the egg the other partner is one the way somewhere in search of food. The wandering albatrosses are one of the few species that also breed during the southern winter. Their chick rearing period is an average of 278 days!!

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    Prion Island - Baby seal feeding

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 15, 2007

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    On the post where I was to work during the day, assisting our troop up along the slippery and muddy pathway I heard some noises from the side. I realized that about a meter away a seal was hiding with her young one. Both the adult and the young were seemingly comfortable with my presence since young started feeding off the mother. Another incredible highlight of my stay in South Georgia!!

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