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[[Image:DSCF6734.jpg|thumb|270px|Grytviken from the Church Window. Photo by [[User:Ward]].]]
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'''Grytviken''' is the whaling station made famous by Shackleton's reunion with civilization on [[South_Georgia_and_the_South_Sandwich_Islands|South Georgia]] after losing his ship, the Endurance, to Antarctic pack ice in 1915. Toast "Bring 'em Back Shack" at his gravesite in a small cemetery overlooking the bay.
 
'''Grytviken''' is the whaling station made famous by Shackleton's reunion with civilization on [[South_Georgia_and_the_South_Sandwich_Islands|South Georgia]] after losing his ship, the Endurance, to Antarctic pack ice in 1915. Toast "Bring 'em Back Shack" at his gravesite in a small cemetery overlooking the bay.
  
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[[Image:DSCF6734.jpg|thumb|Grytviken from the Church Window. Photo by [[User:Ward]].]]
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The abandoned whaling station is undergoing a project to remove all asbestos, and may be partially off-limits.  Once this project is complete visitors will again be able to explore the wreckage of a station that was active in the whaling industry until the middle of the last century.  In the meantime the museum, operated by Tim & Paulene Carr (South Georgia's only full-time residents), is an excellent place to learn about the natural and whaling history of the island.  Other popular visitor destinations include the restored Norwegian church, and the cemetery, which contains the grave of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton.  Antarctic travelers may be inclined to leave their wellingtons aboard ship, but be warned: Grytviken's only street is also off limits so it is impossible to get to the church without walking through the museum's glacier melt soaked back yard.
 
The abandoned whaling station is undergoing a project to remove all asbestos, and may be partially off-limits.  Once this project is complete visitors will again be able to explore the wreckage of a station that was active in the whaling industry until the middle of the last century.  In the meantime the museum, operated by Tim & Paulene Carr (South Georgia's only full-time residents), is an excellent place to learn about the natural and whaling history of the island.  Other popular visitor destinations include the restored Norwegian church, and the cemetery, which contains the grave of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton.  Antarctic travelers may be inclined to leave their wellingtons aboard ship, but be warned: Grytviken's only street is also off limits so it is impossible to get to the church without walking through the museum's glacier melt soaked back yard.
  
 
The British Antarctic Survey [http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/Living_and_Working/Stations/King_Edward_Point] maintains a presence on the island in a recently renovated research station on nearby King Edward Point.
 
The British Antarctic Survey [http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/Living_and_Working/Stations/King_Edward_Point] maintains a presence on the island in a recently renovated research station on nearby King Edward Point.
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* Hike up to the reservoir.  Located on the hill above the whaling station is a fairly large lake.  Footing may be muddy, but the scenery is nice and the view of the bay is excellent.  Be aware that terns may begin attacking from the air; if they do it means that you are near their nest and should backtrack until they feel you are a safe distance away.
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* Visit Shackleton's grave.  The cemetary is located on the opposite side of the whaling station from the museum.  Shackleton is buried here along with many of the whalers who died on South Georgia.
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* Visit Shackleton's cross.  The cross is located at the end of King Edward Point, beyond the British Base.  A trail to the cross is fairly easy to follow.  While visiting be on the lookout for the very territorial fur seals; should one charge you it is best to carry a long stick or tripod with which to tickle its whiskers, which surprisingly deters most attacks.
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* Write letters home.  There is a mailbox in front of the museum, and stamps and postcards can be purchased in the gift shop.  Mail will reach most destinations within two or three weeks.
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==Buy==
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There is a small gift shop in the museum that sells books of local interest, posters, and sundry other souvenirs.  British pounds, Falklands pounds, Euros, and American dollars will all be accepted.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
  
 
* [http://www.sgisland.org/pages/sghome.htm South Georgia Official Website]
 
* [http://www.sgisland.org/pages/sghome.htm South Georgia Official Website]

Revision as of 18:50, 1 May 2005

Grytviken from the Church Window. Photo by User:Ward.

Grytviken is the whaling station made famous by Shackleton's reunion with civilization on South Georgia after losing his ship, the Endurance, to Antarctic pack ice in 1915. Toast "Bring 'em Back Shack" at his gravesite in a small cemetery overlooking the bay.

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The abandoned whaling station is undergoing a project to remove all asbestos, and may be partially off-limits. Once this project is complete visitors will again be able to explore the wreckage of a station that was active in the whaling industry until the middle of the last century. In the meantime the museum, operated by Tim & Paulene Carr (South Georgia's only full-time residents), is an excellent place to learn about the natural and whaling history of the island. Other popular visitor destinations include the restored Norwegian church, and the cemetery, which contains the grave of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton. Antarctic travelers may be inclined to leave their wellingtons aboard ship, but be warned: Grytviken's only street is also off limits so it is impossible to get to the church without walking through the museum's glacier melt soaked back yard.

The British Antarctic Survey [1] maintains a presence on the island in a recently renovated research station on nearby King Edward Point.

Do

  • Hike up to the reservoir. Located on the hill above the whaling station is a fairly large lake. Footing may be muddy, but the scenery is nice and the view of the bay is excellent. Be aware that terns may begin attacking from the air; if they do it means that you are near their nest and should backtrack until they feel you are a safe distance away.
  • Visit Shackleton's grave. The cemetary is located on the opposite side of the whaling station from the museum. Shackleton is buried here along with many of the whalers who died on South Georgia.
  • Visit Shackleton's cross. The cross is located at the end of King Edward Point, beyond the British Base. A trail to the cross is fairly easy to follow. While visiting be on the lookout for the very territorial fur seals; should one charge you it is best to carry a long stick or tripod with which to tickle its whiskers, which surprisingly deters most attacks.
  • Write letters home. There is a mailbox in front of the museum, and stamps and postcards can be purchased in the gift shop. Mail will reach most destinations within two or three weeks.

Buy

There is a small gift shop in the museum that sells books of local interest, posters, and sundry other souvenirs. British pounds, Falklands pounds, Euros, and American dollars will all be accepted.

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