Quick Facts about South Georgia

South Georgia, is located in the South Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles (1,300 km) east-southeast of the Falkland Islands. It is part of the British overseas territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia has an area of 1,450 square miles (3,756 sq km). It is 100 miles (160 km) long and 20 miles (32 km) wide and rises to Mount Paget (9,625 feet i.e. 2,934 metres).

South Georgia is cold, wet and windy. Its position in the path of deep atmosphere depressions coming through the Drake Passage leads to the harsh climate. The weather is worse on the exposed south-western side of the island. The mean summer temperature is +5.0 °C and the mean winter temperature is -1 °C at King Edward Point (near Grytviken)

South Georgia is a breeding ground for elephant seals, fur seals, and king penguins. In 2018, the island was declared free of invasive rodents after a multiyear extermination effort.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit South Georgia

  • South Georgia is a must-see destination for wildlife lovers, which is called the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

  • Largest King Penguin colonies in the world along with fur seals, elephant seals and albatross

  • Hike the famous Shackleton's route to Stromness

  • Discover South Georgia's exploration history by visiting Grytviken and other historical sites

  • Enjoy the jaw dropping glaciers and landscape with relatively simple walks from the shore

South Georgia Landing Sites

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