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Grytviken, South Georgia Cruise Port

Situated on the remote island and British territory of South Georgia in the Southern Atlantic Ocean is the historic and scenic port of Grytviken. The settlement is most famous for its abandoned whaling station and its association with renowned Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Aside from it fascinating history of human endeavour and inhabitation, this isolated and sparsely populated island destination boasts a beautiful natural landscape where verdant forests and majestic peaks rise up from the earth and the ice cold Atlantic Ocean slams against rocky cliff faces, creating a dramatic yet peaceful atmosphere. This stunning port has a remote and tranquil ambience and is surrounding by natural beauty and wonderful flora, alongside a history of adventure and discovery.

Sightseeing in Grytviken

Grytviken's astounding natural landscape and scenery is one of the region's main attractions. A hike up to the nearby reservoir rewards ramblers with spectacular views out of the mountainous areas and beautiful coastline of the island. The main historical and cultural attractions include:

Shackleton's Grave

The grave of the great Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is located in the port of Grytviken, due to his close association with the island of South Georgia. During his Antarctic expedition in 1915, Shackleton's vessel, the Endurance, became trapped by pack ice and was badly damaged. After abandoning the ship, the explorer managed to find civilisation in the port of Grytviken. After his death in 1922, Shackleton's widow chose the settlement of Grytviken to be his final resting place and his body was transport there to be buried. A separate memorial named Shackleton's Cross is also situated in the settlement at the end of a serene trail to King Edward Point.

Grytviken Harbour

The harbour on the coast of Grytviken is home to a number of fascinating historic structures and development including the old abandoned whaling station. The whaling station was fully operational and of major interest to the whaling industry until the mid-20th century. Since then it has undergone painstaking restoration to make it safe for curious visitors and tourists. Also located near the harbour is the Grytviken Church, a well-preserved historic Norwegian structure offering an insight into the religious culture and history of the island.

South Georgia Museum

Opened in 1991, the South Georgia Museum occupies the former whaling station manager's property. The museum displays a range of fascinating artefacts and exhibits celebrating the islands history and culture of exploration and whaling industries. The employees within the museum can also offer guests an interesting insight into life within such a secluded environment.

Shopping in Grytviken

As an island community, Grytviken does not contain any large shopping plazas or department stores. However, small gift shops can be found at the settlements main landmarks, such as the museum, where visitors can pick up local gifts and souvenirs.

Eating Out in Grytviken

It is highly recommended that visitors to the island bring their own food with them, as Grytviken within South Georgia has a distinct lack of restaurants or eateries, due to its tiny size and isolated location.

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