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Jan 24, 2017 - South Georgia - Day 2

Today we made our last two stops in South Georgia at Stromness and Grytviken. Stromness was an old whaling station that eventually converted to a ship repair yard in 1931. In May of 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton arrived in Stromness with his 5 men after leaving 22 men on Elephant Island. When we arrived in Stromness we were offered to hike the final part of his epic crossing of South Georgia. We hiked went about ¾ of the way, but still got to see all of the beautiful scenery. We decided to spend more time viewing the ancient whaling station...

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Jan 23, 2017 - South Georgia - Day 1

Arrived in South Georgia early in the morning. We had an early start to the day, waking up at 6:15 am. Today, we were going to see the King penguins and seals! As soon as our zodiacs arrived on the Salisbury Plain we were in complete shock. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins were everywhere throughout the beach and all over the mountains. Along with hundreds of fur seal pups and some full grown elephant seals. It was absolutely astounding. We have never experienced anything like it before. The penguins and seal pups were very curious...

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Mar 8, 2010 - Stromness; Grytviken

Today we have walked from Fortuna Bay to Stromness following the last part of Shackleton's trek across South Georgia. It was only about 10 kilometres but quite steep, down scree slopes to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. Shackleton stumbled down the hill and reported to the manager! Shackleton and his crew had visited South Georgia on their way south. "Everyone knew Shackleton well and we very sorry he is lost in ice with all hands. We not know three terrible looking bearded men who walked into office off the mountainside....

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Mar 6, 2010 - South Georgia

After breakfast we had a little time to prepare and then we were called down to get on the zodiacs. The sea seemed calm until we got down to water level. It was probably the most difficult time loading that we have had so far. Once in the boat the sea seemed calm. The ride in to the beach and the beach landing went smoothly. We stood around and watched the King Penguins until the rest of our group arrived. Then we walked parallel to the beach down toward the glaciers. The footing was a little rocky but not bad. Then we had to wade across...

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Mar 5, 2010 - South Georgia

We spent a quiet night at anchor. After breakfast we said goodbye to the small group of 10 people that had elected to talk a walk over the last portion of Shackleton’s journey across the island. To get there they had to scramble up a very steep grade to an altitude of 1000’. Then they walked across a saddle in his footsteps and took a very steep, muddy, slippery wash back down to sea level. The last portion was in a shallow stream. To top it off, it was snowing and the wind was strong. Evelyn and I elected to stay on board. Soon after the...

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Mar 4, 2010 - South Georgia

We arrived at the northwest coast of South Georgia at breakfast time. The passengers ate while the captain and crew checked out our first possible landing site at Right Whale Bay. We were soon told that the swell was small enough but the wind was too much. It seems that the critical time is when a zodiac returns empty to the ship to pick up another load of sightseers. So we had some wait time until we get to another place to try. While we were waiting, Trevor gave us part 2 of his “In the Wake of Shackleton: The Crossing.” This time he...

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Feb 2, 2008 - Grytviken, South Georgia

2/2– 2/4 After leaving Antarctica it took us a couple days before we reached Grytviken, South Georgia. The trip was exciting because of all the icebergs that we passed on the way. Some of them were over ¼ of a mile long. It was a beautiful trip which included many sightings of whales, seals penguins and albatrosses. On the third we were able to watch the Super Bowl, amazing since we are out in the middle of no-where. It is summer in Grytviken, but that does not seem to mean much. On our arrival it was snowing quite hard. Grytviken was an...

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Dec 5, 2006 - South Georgia: Salisbury Plain, Prion Island and Grytviken

We spent today visiting a variety of sites on the north coast of South Georgia Island. Our first stop was Salisbury Plain. We were greeted when we got off the Zodiacs in the surf by a beach full of fur seals, and just beyond tens of thousand (up to 100,000 pairs, we are told) of King Penguins. The seals are our nemesis on this trip. While the babies are cute (and we saw a new pup who was probably less than a day old), the male fur seals are territorial and aggressive. We were taught to avoid them and watch them, because it is not unheard of...

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