Blog from South Georgia
Below you can read blog from our trip “Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands” on board MV Orterlius, 5th – 25th November 2014.
South Georgia truly is a magical island! Wild, beautiful and very diverse. We learned this after having spent two full days in its waters. We have barely recovered from our first landing on Salisbury Plain, where thousands and thousands noble king penguins curiously greeted us as we slowly moved up the plain. Yesterday offered strong winds but luckily the sun was shining and we could enjoy the dramatic views of South Georgia from deck. In the afternoon, we stepped ashore in Grytviken, an abandoned whaling station, which today serves as the capital of the island. We started with a celebratory toast at Ernst Shackleton’s grave, then walked away through the abandoned station and the whaling history and Grytviken’s residents (mostly consisting of elephant seals). The adventure continues on this fairytale island and we’ll just see where the wind takes us today. One thing we can be sure of though, no matter on what beach we set foot, a grand welcoming committee will be there, ready to receive us!
600 miles south of Cape Horn we find the world’s most isolated and remote wilderness – Antarctica. The grand and beautiful Antarctic landscape leaves its visitors in awe. The continent and surrounding islands are home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. Worth mentioning is the subantarctic island of South Georgia, a haven for anyone interested in wildlife and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth.