The day started with a visit to St. Andrews Bay – the largest king penguin colony in South Georgia. There are 150,000 nesting pairs of king penguins as well as nesting gentoo penguins, Antarctic fur seals, elephant seals, and a whole host of predatory birds. To their delight, guests came ashore to meet the fur seals and penguins for the first time. After a delicious lunch, the ship repositioned to the beautiful Drygalski Fjord, where guests viewed Larsen Harbour and Drygalski Fjord with their rich birdlife and amazing, unique geology.
National Geographic Explorer
This morning started with a visit to one of the world’s remotest museums, South Georgia Museum. Originally the whaling manager’s home and office, the museum sits amongst the whaling station in Grytviken. Before heading ashore, a few of the South Georgia government officers came onboard to deliver a short presentation on the history of the area and conduct a biosecurity inspection. Weaving in and out of the kelp, fur seals greeted us as we landed by a shipwrecked whaling vessel. Once ashore, we explored where Shackleton’s men once stayed during their imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on Endurance . We took some time to send post cards to loved ones and took a journey through history in the museum. After our short transit to Godthul filled with many large icebergs and a few whale blows, a group of intrepid explorers disembarked to hike through the tussac grass to reach Lake Aviemore. Exploring Godthul by Zodiac was just as thrilling, as we encountered a plethora of curious fur seals, a colony of gentoo penguins, some molting kings, a couple of minkes, and an iceberg graveyard.