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Grytviken

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Grytviken is the whaling station made famous by Shackleton's reunion with humanity after loosing his ship to Antarctic pack ice. Toast "Bring 'em Back Shack" at his gravesite in a small cemetary overlooking the bay.

The abandoned whaling station is off limits due to wide spread asbestos hazards, however, a small museum and recently restored church await visitors. Antarctic travelers may be inclined to leave their wellingtons aboard ship, as I did, but be warned: Grytviken's only street is also off limits too so it is impossible to get to the church without walking through the glacier melt soaked museum back yard.

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

http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/Living_and_Working/Stations/King_Edward_Point/

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