Only way in is by sea
The only way to reach and to explore South Georgia Island is by ship. How successful you are and how much you see/do depends very much on the size of the vessel.
Smaller ships like the Akademik Ioffe, a Polar research vessel, are able to enter more narrow inlets. Passenger numbers are smaller (about 94 for my trip) and fit with the South Georgia Island visitor management protocols that no more than 100 visitors can be ashore at any one time. Only one ship (with no more than 500 passengers) can be at any one location at the same time and there are only three ships allowed each day.
There are no landing facilities so all shore excursions need to be done by zodiac and the logistics of loading a large number of passengers down a gangway onto a zodiac in sometimes uneven sea conditions can be a nightmare.
The staff and crew of the Akademic Ioffe handled this with well practised ease even on some of the rougher days.
The accommodation is very comfortable and meals excellent and plenty.
I would definitely recommend a ship of this size and construction for a visit to the Antarctic.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
If you are thinking about going to South Georgia there is only one way to get there and that is by ship. There is no airstrip on South Georgia.
Visiting the South Sandwich islands is even more difficult not only is there no airstrip there is no harbour either. Landings may be possible from zodiacs (inflatable motor dinghy) if the seas are calm enough. Visits to the South Sandwich Islands are VERY rare.
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