South Georgia

Step into an Antarctic wildlife oasis

Cruises to South Georgia

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

HDS21-20. A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

1 Nov - 21 Nov, 2020

Price:

12600 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

PLA21-20. A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals! Including photography workshops with Neill Drake and video...

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

1 Nov - 21 Nov, 2020

Price:

12600 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Meet at least six penguin species

PLA23-20. This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

2 Dec - 20 Dec, 2020

Price:

12850 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Meet at least six penguin species

PLA24-20. This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

20 Dec, 2020 - 7 Jan, 2021

Price:

13500 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Meet at least six penguin species

OTL27a21. This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

13 Jan - 31 Jan, 2021

Price:

14750 USD

South Georgia cruise video

South Georgia story

Antarctica and My Old Friend, Ortelius: Passenger Story by Ann Lane

I was on the recent Antarctic trip on Ortelius, 16 Feb - 7 March. This has been my third expedition with Oceanwide, and I continue to be very...

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South Georgia blog

Oceanwide Expeditions’ “Wild, Wild South” video an Adventure in Motion finalist

Oceanwide’s short video, “Wild, Wild South: Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica,” has been selected as a finalist in the sixth annual Adventure...

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South Georgia wildlife

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Map of South Georgia

South Georgia cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 52 votes

CAROLINE and DAVE HUNT
IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS
by CAROLINE and DAVE HUNT on Antarctica

Congratulations to everyone at Oceanwide for providing a superbly well run expedition on a marvellous ship. The Hondius is a world-leader in its eco credentials and superb for its operating environment. Everyone...

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Laura Hirst

An outstanding trip which was everything we hoped for and more. The passionate Oceanwide Expedition leader who , with his team epitomised the spirit of expedition by ensuring, (whether permitting!) we landed...

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Margaret Bonsall
Unforgettable Holiday
by Margaret Bonsall on Antarctica

Every aspect of this cruise exceeded our expectations. The staff were all most welcoming, enthusiastic, very experienced and thought of everything each of us could possibly need or want to make this the most...

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Kate Simpson
Trip of a lifetime
by Kate Simpson on Antarctica

Incredible, probably does not describe our trip and I’m not sure any word can. The ship, Captain, leaders, guides, food, wait staff, housekeeping- everyone treated us like royalty. The wildlife just mind...

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Todd DiCello

Although it's impossible to sum up our Oceanwide trip on Hondius from Ushuaia to The Falklands/Malvinas, South Georgia, South Orkneys, Elephant Island, South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula below the...

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Debra Smith
Cruise
by Debra Smith on Antarctica

Fantastic and well handled when corona hit

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South Georgia FAQ

What is the Time in South Georgia?

South Georgia follows Gulf Standard Time (GST). This means that if it is 16:00 GST (4 p.m.) during your holiday to South Georgia, it would be 14:00 (2 p.m.) in New York City, USA, 19:00 (7 p.m.) in London, U.K. and 6:00 (6 a.m.) the following morning...

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What is the Temperature and Weather Like in South Georgia?

The climate in South Georgia is considered to be polar. Therefore, it is possible that you will experience a variety of different weather types while participating in an expedition cruise to South Georgia. The average temperatures vary widely depending...

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What Wildlife Can I See in South Georgia?

Many people take a cruise to South Georgia specifically with wildlife in mind. The area has a rich and diverse bird life such as huge king penguin colonies. Other birds that you will see when you travel to South Georgia include albatrosses, terns and...

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How Many People Live in South Georgia?

South Georgia has an average population of only 30 people, but none of them are native, and they are not considered to be permanent inhabitants. Two-thirds of these residents live in Grytviken, with the remainder being British Antarctic Survey (BAS) team...

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Who Owns South Georgia?

South Georgia is a British overseas territory. The island was reportedly first spotted in 1675 by a London merchant, but it does not appear to have been explored until 1775, when it was claimed for the British. The area was primarily used during the 19th...

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What Unique Features Does South Georgia Have?

Grytviken is surprisingly well-sheltered, and it has become a popular spot for couples that want a truly unique wedding. The highest peaks on the island are permanently covered in snow, and it is common to see icebergs in the water around South Georgia. The...

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About South Georgia

South Georgia weather

Temperatures during the winter months (around August) average around 0°C, usually going no lower than -10°C. During the summer (around January) temperatures average around 8°C. Since the weather can be quite variable your best bet is to bring layers. 

Facts About South Georgia

  • Famed explorer Ernest Shackleton is buried at Grytviken (an old whaling settlement).
  • The highest point found on South Georgia is Mount Paget which reaches up to 2,934 metres in height.
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are encompassed by one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas. The MPA covers an area of 1.07 million km2.
  • South Georgia doesn’t have any sort of permanent human population.
  • South Georgia was part of the disputed land claims between Argentina and the U.K. during the Falklands War in 1982. Britain still regularly patrols the waters.
  • The only permanent settlements on the island are research stations.
  • The only way to get to South Georgia is by boat.

Travel to South Georgia

Take a South Georgia expedition cruise and prepare yourself to venture into a dense oasis of life in the midst of the cold Atlantic Ocean.

On your South Georgia cruise you’ll have a wide variety of activities through which you’ll get to introduce yourself to the wildlife – walks along the shore, extended hikes, diving for the experienced, wildlife watching… the list goes on.

You’ll get to meet a variety of seals, set eyes on a catalogue of birds,  and make friends with King penguins who just might investigate you up close and personal.