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Best Hiking Trails in South Georgia Island

Overview

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. 

Capital: Grytviken

When To Hike in South Georgia Island?

December – March
April – November

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. 

 

Grytviken (South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands) weather – Met Office

Accessibility of Hiking

Hard – you need to go with an organized tour, there are no marked trails

Most popular hikes in South Georgia Island

There's really only one hike to do here: The South Georgia Traverse, or parts of it.

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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

Long Distance Trails of South Georgia Island

South Georgia Island's Walking & Hiking Resources

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South Georgia Island Hiking Books:

  • A Visitor’s Guide to South Georgia, 2nd Edition, by Sally Poncet and Kim Crosbie, 2021, Princeton University Press – https://amzn.to/4ci2CTf
  • Lonely Planet Antarctica, by Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbruck, Cathy Brown, 2017, Lonely Planet Global Limited – contains a section on South Georgia Island – https://amzn.to/43iMHA9

 

South Georgia Island Hiking Websites:

 

South Georgia Island Official Tourism Website:

 

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What Else To Do

  • Wildlife viewing (whales, elephant seals, penguins, seabirds)

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