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Grytviken

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

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.

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