South Shetland Islands
Hop aboard a ship to discover the South Shetland Islands, a long chain of islands off the Antarctica Peninsula. Volcanic in origin, most of the islands are covered in ice, but there is an abundance of wildlife along the shores, including penguins, seals, sea birds, and several "human" bases. There are 11 main islands to choose from, with many more minor ones scattered about. King George Island – the largest of the Shetlands – has terns, giant petrels, and the ever-present penguins, in addition to bases from twelve different countries, all living together in harmony. Elephant Island will be familiar to anyone who has heard about Ernest Shackelton and the ship Endurance. This was the very place where his crew was stranded for 135 days before they were finally rescued. Hannah Point on Livingstone Island is the ultimate Antarctic zoo with large numbers of penguins, petrels, and seals. Perhaps the most famous is the ring-shaped Deception Island, a collapsed volcanic cone with high cliffs and a narrow entrance to a caldera. A popular place for PlanetHoppers!, you can go "swimming" in the waters of Pendulum Cove that are heated by geothermal activity from the still active volcano. There are still more islands to see; but most cruises to Antarctica last up to two weeks. Pace yourself as you explore this wondrous place.
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- Location: South Shetland Islands, Antarctica