King Haakon Bay
King Haakon Bay is a long narrow inlet located on the southern coast of South Georgia Island. 13 km long and 4 km wide. An Antarctic cruise here truly is a visit into uncharted waters – the area has yet to be fully mapped out and the sea’s depths have yet to be oficially measured.
7 Captivating King Haakon Bay Facts
- The Bay is also known as King Haakon Sound.
- The Bay was named after King Haakon VII of Norway by Carl Anton Larsen who founded the settlement of Grytviken.
- Famous explorer Ernest Shackleton came ashore in King Haakon Bay (specifically at Cave Cove at the head of the Bay) in May of 1916 as he was searching for rescue for his marooned ship crew.
- There is enough space to walk around the seals here, but beware of mothers with pups or males defending their territory!
- The area is home to a variety of sea birds including Petrels, Prions, Skuas, South Georgia Pipits, and Wandering Albatrosses.
- You’ll be sharing beach space with Antarctic Fur Seals, King Penguins, and Elephant Seals.
- Peggoty Bluff received its name after some of Shackleton’s men overturned one of their ships to turn it into a makeshift home. The name comes from a Charles Dicken’s novel where a family named Peggoty made their own home from an overturned vessel.