From South Georgia Website
Find out how to set foot upon the shores of South Georgia, one of the most beautiful islands on the planet, with some 30 million breeding birds, thousands of seals, including huge elephant and fierce fur seals, which breed on its beaches.
The majority of tourists visit in order to see at first hand the beauty of the island and its abundant wildlife. Perhaps some come for inspiration. As a result of reading the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's voyage to Antarctica, the musician Elvis Costello and his wife "ended up taking a holiday to South Georgia". He described standing in the exact spot where the journey of Shackleton and his men came to an end, as ' very intense'. Some come to visit Shackleton's grave and others to see the distant graves of relatives who died during the whaling and sealing era. Naturalists, historians and scientists come to further their research. Films are made about the wildlife on the Island, the Shackleton story or the history of the whaling and sealing periods. Adventurers come to sail, canoe, climb, ski and increasing numbers are coming to explore the relatively unknown, mountainous interior of the island.
How to Visit?
Options for a visit are varied. For most it would be on a cruise vessel, about 30 vessels visit each year, carrying about 2,000 passengers from all over the world. It is possible to charter a yacht from the Falkland Islands or indeed to organize an expedition with its own support vessel. In the main, scientists, fishermen, the military, contractors and Government representatives travel with their own resources.
Where to Visit?
Most places are open to visitors although in recognition of the order to conserve and protect the wild life on South Georgia some areas have restricted access. Specific conservation measures and protected areas are covered in the conservation section.