Grytviken, South Georgia

Grytviken is the principal settlement in the British territory of South Georgia in the South Atlantic. It is the best harbour on the island, consisting of a bay (King Edward Cove) within a bay (Cumberland East Bay). The site is quite sheltered, provides a substantial area of flat land suitable for building on, and has a good supply of fresh water.

Grytviken is a popular stop for cruise ships visiting Antarctica, and tourists usually land to visit; an Anglo-Irish explorer. The South Georgia Museum is housed in the manager's house of the former whaling station, and is open during the summer tourist season.

Things to see and do

* Shackleton's grave
* South Georgia Museum
* Norwegian Church
* Abandoned whaling station
* Hike to the reservoir above the whaling station

General Information

Cruise Season – Nov - April
Currency – Pound Sterling (GBP)
Language – English
Land Area – 3,903 km² (South Georgia)
Population – 0
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT minus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – +500

Port Location - The port of Gryvitken is located in King Edward Cove.

Transport Links – Usual access to Grytviken is by ship from the port of Ushuaia, Argentina. There are daily Aerolineas Argentinas flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. LAN Chile (through its LAN Express services) flies a few times a week (currently three) from Santiago de Chile, stopping over in Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.

Ports Overview

Find Cruises to this Port