Without question, my expedition cruise to South Georgia in the Antarctic was one of the most extraordinary adventures I have ever had. The landscape is very stark and features barren landscapes and snow-covered mountains. It is filled with wildlife such as the King Penguin, seals of various sorts, walruses, and many bird species.
It is uninhabited except for this wildlife, and one is privileged to be able to walk the land, if only for a short time.
For those who know about the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, South Georgia is where he went with some of his men to get help from the Stromness Whaling Station to go back and rescue the rest of his men (which they did).
This image was taken from a zodiac as we came into Gold Harbour to be greeted by thousands of King Penguins, seals, and walruses.
Gold Harbour is a small bay 5 miles south-southwest of Cape Charlotte, with Bertrab Glacier at its head, along the east end of South Georgia. During the early 1900s, the feature was variously called "Anna's Bay", "Gold-Hafen", or "Sandwich Bay"; the latter name has also been used for Iris Bay. The approved name appears to have taken root through common usage by sealers and whalers and is now well established. Gold Harbour is so called because the sun's rays make the cliffs yellow with their light in the morning and evening.
South Georgia is a mountainous, barren island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles (1,300 km) east-southeast of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). It is part of the British overseas territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, although Argentina also claims the territory.
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