South Georgia Island

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Introduction

South Georgia holds a special place in Antarctic history. After enduring one of the most harrowing boat journeys of all time, explorer Ernest Shackleton landed on its rocky shores with great relief. He then crossed the island with no more than a compass to seek help for his crew. Today's visitors may share the feeling after crossing the Drake Passage, where they can follow in his footsteps, walking the final leg of the hike he made across the island to reach help. They can also visit his grave and the South Georgia Museum at Grytviken, the first whaling station built on the island (in 1916). Exhibits include displays on the island's natural history, whaling and sealing, exploration and mountaineering expeditions, as well as a lifeboat from the whaling vessel Southern Star. The town also has a post office, a gift shop with items made on the island and several king penguin colonies.

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