South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean

South Georgia is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands, the South Sandwich Islands. Grytviken is the principal settlement on South Georgia.

South Georgia is one of the most visited locations in Antarctica. It is stunningly picturesque and is frequently described as being "The Alps in the mid-ocean". Over half the island is permanently glaciated, wildlife is plentiful, approaches by sea usually straightforward and it is steeped in the history of Antarctic exploration and of Antarctic whalers and sealers.

At Grytviken visitors can see an abandoned whaling station, the restored Norwegian church, the cemetery and the grave of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Things to see and do

* King penguins
* Southern fur seals
* Elephant seals
* Sea birds
* South Georgia Museum

Cruise Season – Nov - April
Currency – British Pound
Language – English
Land Area – 3,903 km²
Population – 0
Electricity – 2 pin round pins European style
Time – GMT minus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – +44

Transport Links – There are no airstrips on the island, so aside from an occasional overflight from a military aircraft, which do not land, the only access to the island is by boat. Most tourists arrive on icebreakers and other large vessels as a part of a trip to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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