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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

  • Layers! Layers!

    South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands What to Pack

    As you will be on board a ship you will not be having to lug bags around on a daily basis. You unpack all your gear and stow the bags. The only limitations will be airline restrictions. Most expedition ships supply the outer layer 'wet skins' and gumboots. Under these you need many light warm layers. Merino wool next to your skin helps draw...

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    South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Warnings and Dangers

    A camera is essential in the Antarctic - but cameras suffer from the cold too. 1. Condensation can cause major damage to the internal electrics. Condensation occurs when a camera that has been out in the snow is taken directly into a warm cabin.Here are some tips to prevent this from happening.Take a selection of ziplock plastic bags with you....

  • Only way in is by sea

    South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Transportation

    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...


Île Amsterdam

  • Saint Paul Island

    Île Amsterdam Things to Do

    Saint Paul consists in a volcanic cone with a caldera, has a surface of 7 square kilometers and is located at 54 kilometers from Amsterdam Island. We stopped for a few hours to replace the food and medicines in a wooden refuge, as the maritime laws stipulate, just in case some sailing boat in trouble could need of help or shelter. In Saint Paul,...

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  • Blubber Cookery

    Grytviken Things to Do

    Oil was extracted from the whale blubber in two rows of 12 tall pressure cookers. The strips of blubber from the flensing plant were cut into small pieces by a rotating cutter. Each cooker held about 24 tons of blubber that was cooked for about 5 hours. The oil was then pumped to the Separator Plant for purification.

  • The Workshops

    Grytviken Things to Do

    The Workshops were used to maintain and repair the whale-catchers. Maintenance took place over the winter months so that the boats were ready for the time when the crews arrived for the whaling season. Originally the boats were pulled ashore by a huge winch. The floating dock that was built in 1928 unfortunately sunk. Steel plates for the hull were...

  • The Petrel

    Grytviken Things to Do

    The whale-catcher Petrel was built in Oslo in 1928. The Petrel was one of the first whale-catcher with a catwalk so that the gunner could run from the bridge to the harpoon gun. The Petrel was converted to a sealer in 1956 and the catwalk was removed. Each summer the Petrel would visit the harbours of South Georgia and bring in seal blubber.


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    Old whale station

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Sep 4, 2014

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    Today there are only rests of the old factory. In the year 2005 there was the idea to make a museum devoted to the whalers.

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Antarctica, the Southernmost continent, is a land of extremes. Almost one and half times the size of Europe (or that of the USA), it is covered on 98% of its surface by km-thick ice. It harbors...

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