South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia was a whaling station throughout the 19th Century and was the site of a remarkable adventure by Ernest Shackleton in 1916. Shipwrecked in the Antarctic with little hope of survival, he selected a few men and sailed 800 miles to South Georgia before crossing the mountainous interior to Stromness. From there it took 4 attempts over 3 months to break through the pack ice and rescue the 22 men holed up on Elephant Island.

He is buried in the cemetery in Grytviken, an abandoned whaling station which has a museum. The South Sandwich Islands are 11 barren, mostly volcanic islands to the west of South Georgia.

Place (Britain)

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands flag

Why you should go:

To relive an extraordinary chapter of polar exploration.

Why you shouldn't:

It's very difficult to get to.

Map of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands