Best Hiking Trails in South Georgia Island
South Georgia Island is a British Overseas Territory near Antarctica, famous for the expedition by Ernest Shackleton in the early 1900’s, a journey many try to retrace now. There are many companies offering guided hiking of the Ernest Shackleton Traverse, as well as shorter hikes on the island. The South Sandwich Islands are part of this Territory but are not included here due to lack of hikes on those islands. The best months to hike on South Georgia Island are December – March. Read on for more information on hiking on South Georgia Island.
When To Hike in South Georgia Island?
Climate: Maritime subpolar – no temperature extremes, cool (but not cold) winters and mild summers, temps steady throughout the year. Temps don’t go higher than 5 degrees and don’t go lower than -5. Very windy.
Accessibility of Hiking
Hard – you need to go with an organized tour, there are no marked trails
Top Places to Hike in South Georgia Island
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South Georgia Island
- The main hike here is the South Georgia Traverse – epic, 35 km trek from one end of the island to the other, re-tracing the steps of explorer Ernest Shackleton; from King Haakon Bay to Stromness
- You can do small parts of this hike instead of the whole thing
- Doesn’t look like there are other hikes
South Georgia Island's Long Distance Trails
- South Georgia Traverse – South Georgia: World’s Most Epic Hikes
South Georgia Island's Walking & Hiking Resources
- A Visitor’s Guide to South Georgia, 2nd Edition, by Sally Poncet and Kim Crosbie, 2012, Princeton University Press
- Lonely Planet Antarctica, by Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbruck, Cathy Brown, 2017, Lonely Planet Global Limited
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What Else To Do
- Wildlife viewing (whales, elephant seals, penguins, seabirds)