Oct 31, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer
Today we experienced a healthy sample of the diverse weather South Georgia has to offer. In early spring, one can typically expect some cold temperatures and residual snow from the winter past. This spring, however, there’s been more snow at lower elevations than any of our staff could recall from previous voyages. Our morning outing in Godthul Bay allowed us to embrace firsthand the conditions in which the abundant wildlife thrives. With winds gusting to 20 knots, intermittent sheets of rain fell from the low cloud cover. We set off on hikes, traversing up the steep, tussock-covered slopes to the still-snow-laden plateau where gentoo penguins courted and built nests. Our Zodiacs plied the waters, so we could take in the sights of the shoreline: elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals jostling for space on the beaches, albatross soaring overhead, and rushing waterfalls cascading to the ocean.
The station at Grytviken now serves as a reminder of a time when whales and men were at odds. Curated by the South Georgia Heritage Trust, the museum and restored station make for an enriching experience. We welcomed the staff of both the
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