Grytviken & Godthul

Nov 01, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer


The day began in wondrous light, unusual for South Georgia to be certain, but appreciated by all. In Grytviken, we allowed our guests to traverse the remnants of one of the most prominent and well preserved whaling stations on the island. This gave an exact sense of how efficiently these large marine mammals were corralled and processed in a time that, to our modern minds, seemed too early to do so. Lead by the apt team of the South Georgia Heritage Trust, our guests were briefed and guided around the historical landscape. Learning the history and lessons in great detail gave context to their journey in the region.

The afternoon found us in the mountainous bay of Godthul, where all guests, both on land and in Zodiacs took part in the first ever Citizen Science effort in South Georgia. By merely taking photographs and submitting them for scientific analysis, our guests contributed to science with data that can be used universally by all for the greater understanding of the region. From the large charismatic marine mammals sparing on shore, to the intimate encounters with the South Georgia pipit, every interaction was recorded to be used as data to better understand the details of this remote ecosystem. 

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist

For over a decade Paul North has been exploring the marine ecosystems of our planet. Whereas most think of diving as a warm water activity, he has chosen the road less traveled–specializing in polar diving. This has provided many rare opportunities to dive and explore from the Arctic to Antarctica and many wondrous places in between.

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Steve Ewing

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Steve fell in love with the beauty of the natural world at an early age. In addition to nature, his other main passion was telling stories though the medium of television and radio. Steve studied broadcast journalism at the University of Oregon. There, he learned how to shoot, edit, and report compelling stories using digital video.

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