South Georgia

This slightly crescent-shaped, mountainous island lies some 1,300 km (800 miles) east-south-east of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). It has not only an astonishing concentration of wildlife, but also glaciers, fjords and low-lying grassland. It is at Grytviken, a once-active whaling station where Ernest Shackleton is buried. Often referred to as the “Galapagos of the Poles,” you’ll likely be greeted by a massive king penguin colony at Salisbury Plain, and a beach with thousands of fur seals or elephant seals at Gold Harbour.

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