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South Shetland Islands

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Research stations Frei and Bellingshausen on King George Island

South Shetland Islands is a group of islands about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.


  • Elephant Island
  • Clarence Island
  • Rowett Island (minor)
  • Gibbs Island (minor)
  • King George Island (the largest)
  • Bridgeman Island (minor)
  • Penguin Island (minor)
  • Nelson Island
  • Aitcho Islands (minor)
  • Greenwich Island
  • Half Moon Island (minor)
  • Desolation Island (minor)
  • Livingston Island (second largest)
  • Rugged Island (minor)
  • Snow Island
  • Smith Island
  • Deception Island
  • Low Island
  • Seal Island (minor)

Research stations and Field Camps[edit]

  • Artigas (Uruguay)
  • Bellingshausen (Russia)
  • Camp Academia (Bulgaria)
  • Camp Byers (Spain)
  • Camp Livingston (Argentina)
  • Captain Arturo Prat (Chile)
  • Chang Cheng/Great Wall (China)
  • Comandante Ferraz (Brazil)
  • Decepción (Argentina)
  • Gabriel de Castilla (Spain)
  • Henryk Arctowski (Poland)
  • Juan Carlos I (Spain)
  • Jubany (Argentina)
  • King Sejong (South Korea)
  • Machu Pucchu (Peru)
  • Pedro Vicente Maldonaldo (Ecuador)
  • Presidente Eduardo Frei (Chile)
  • Professor Julio Escudero (Chile)
  • Shirreff (Chile/USA)
  • St.Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria)

Other destinations[edit]


The South Shetland Islands are part of the British Antarctic Territory. There is no permanent inhabitation on these islands aside from the personnel on the research stations. The climate is not as rough as on the Antarctic mainland, the temperature oscillates between -10°C and +5°C.


Get in[edit]

If you are not part of a research team, the easiest way to visit the islands is by cruise ship. Cruises to this part of Antarctica usually start from Ushuaia, take one to two weeks and cost at least US$ 5000 per person. Some travel agencies also offer tours by plane to the archipelago's only airport, at the Eduardo Frei Base.

Companies that can help to arrange travel to South Shetlands include;

  • Oceanwide Expeditions [1] explores the most remote places in and around the Antarctic region with their own ships and expedition crew. Passengers are taken from Ushuaia to remote locations such as the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. With fully equiped zodiacs passengers are going ashore on several locations, which are rich in wildlife and offer plenty of opportunities for exploring activities.

Get around[edit]

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The main sights are the Antarctic landscape and the nature.


Do[edit][add listing]

Visit Deception Island and take the "polar plunge" offered by many Antarctic cruise tour companies! The water is slightly warmer here than surrounding the continent itself, and you will have quite a story to tell your friends at home.

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