*Admission fees to local attractions in Stanley are not included.
Ski trek across South Georgia: A group of up to 12 ski explorers and 2-3 mountain guides attempt to traverse on an unsupported and self-supplied trek across the island with skis hauling pulkas (sledges) weighing 20-30kg. The skiers cover a total distance of 40-50 km retracing sections of the historic Shackleton route, which he covered in an incredible 36 hours. On arrival day at King Haakon Bay, spend the first night further inland then embark on a trek across alpine passes and glaciers aiming for reunion with the ship at Fortuna or Stromness Bay. After both expeditions have re-joined, all passengers then continue to enjoy the latter part of the South Georgia cruise itinerary.
Sea voyage: The sea explorers who remain on board say their goodbyes to the skiers at Pegotty Bluff, the historic campsite of Shackleton’s three men that due to illness did not take part in the final crossing of South Georgia. It was from there on the 19th May 1916 that Shackleton, Crean and Worsley set off across the Island to Stromness in a 36 hours marathon trek.
With the ship positioned around the Northwest corner of South Georgia, visit Prion Island (the island is closed for visitors during breeding season from 20 Nov – 07 January), where the previous summer’s fully grown chicks of the huge wandering albatross are almost ready to fledge and adults are returning to seek their old partner after a year and a half at sea. Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbor do not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia but are also three of the largest breeding beaches for southern elephant seals in the world. Only at this time of the year they peak in their breeding cycle and occasionally fight over territories of dozens of females who have just given birth or are just about to deliver.
The expeditions come together in Fortuna Bay to follow the final section of Shackleton's route to Stromness, the abandoned whaling station. Cross the mountain past the "Shackleton Waterfall" through partly swampy terrain with small streams (hiking boots or rubber boots recommended). Spend the next few days exploring the magnificent landscapes and wildlife on Grytviken, Ocean Harbour, Godthul, Cobblers Cove, Gold Harbour, Drygalski Fjord, Larsen Harbour, Cooper Bay, St. Andrews Bay, Possession Bay, Right Whale Bay and Elsehul. At Grytviken, see an abandoned whaling station, a Whaling History Museum, and Shackleton's grave. Encounter king and macaroni penguins, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, Antarctic fur seals, elephant seals, and the introduced reindeer.
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|Ski Trekking Option: $6,000|