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South Georgia is the most beautiful place on earth

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I do know, I do know, I do know. Daring assertion or what.

As soon as I had a boyfriend who used to make enjoyable of me when have been touring as a result of in all places we went, apparently I all the time exclaimed “wow, this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been!”

In my protection, I meant it each single time.

Certainly this was, in truth, the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen with my two eyes, that is, till, I went some place else equally or extra beautiful. However I digress.

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

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Now significantly, you’ve acquired to belief me once I now say, I’ve really discovered the most beautiful place on planet earth. Or a minimum of the most beautiful place I’ve ever laid eyes on.

No, no. Don’t argue.

And it’s not Antarctica. It’s South Georgia.

*throws down the gauntlet*

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

No, not the south of the American state of Georgia, that might simply be foolish. No offense to southern Georgians, in fact, which I’m positive is a pleasant and beautiful too.

This time I’m referring to the very chilly and distant subantarctic island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. A British abroad territory. Human inhabitants: 20. Penguin inhabitants: a number of million.

Also called the most beautiful place on the complete planet Earth.

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Should you nonetheless end up skeptical after the entire “millions of penguins” remark, learn on, pricey ones.

Now I do know what you’re considering, how can South Georgia be the most beautiful place on earth if it isn’t plastered throughout Instagram or I can’t even discover it on a map?

Strong query. Respect.

There are nonetheless many beautiful pockets of this world that few make the journey to or enterprise out seeking, and South Georgia is undoubtedly one among them.

As an avid fan and collector of bizarre and distant locations, South Georgia has been at the prime of my record for a really very long time; it’s a type of uncommon locations that if you meet somebody who has been there, they will’t cease speaking about it.

I’ve joined the membership.

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

Maybe one in every of the most distant islands on earth, South Georgia is roughly 2,100 kilometers off the coast of South America. Just about the solely solution to entry South Georgia is by expedition ship from Argentina taking place to Antarctica.

You need to need to go badly.

Quark Expeditions voyages to South Georgia yearly and I used to be fortunate sufficient to hitch them final summer time on an journey that additionally included visiting the Falkland Islands.

For a lot of Antarctica is the bucketlist spot, and I can see why because it was additionally thoughts for a very long time. However reflecting again on a month down underneath, I can safely say that I might do something to return to South Georgia as an alternative.

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

So, what makes South Georgia the most beautiful place on earth?

5 easy causes.

It has the greatest landscapes, the greatest wildlife, the most loopy climate, the most fascinating historical past and naturally, by default, it’s sheer inaccessibility.

Now include me on a visible story, a photographic journey with phrases (is that a factor?) as I attempt to persuade you that South Georgia is, in reality, the most beautiful place on earth. Take pleasure in!

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

1. South Georgia has the most unimaginable, wild landscapes

Certainly one of my first impression of South Georgia was how awestruck I used to be by the jagged mountains that seemingly jut out straight from the sea, towering above you. Stark and wild, seemingly barren apart from birds and glaciers galore, the views are imposing and luxurious.

As a critical lover of mountains, South Georgia was subsequent degree beautiful. Every little thing about the views round South Georgia screamed energy and wilderness. An extended and slender island virtually 200 kilometers lengthy, the mountain run like a backbone the size of South Georgia with many dropping down into the sea with many fjords and bays alongside the shoreline.

South Georgia actually felt like polar tundra meets the Alps. With penguins.

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

south georgia travel

However maybe what stunned me the most was how lush elements of it may be. Whereas it doesn’t have timber, it’s nonetheless fairly inexperienced, tussock coated mountains and seashores all over the place, not the white void that is Antarctica.

The landscapes are a few of the greatest I’ve ever seen in the world, no exaggeration. It’s like New Zealand or Iceland occasions one million. And it’s in all places. There are not any dangerous views. Oh hey, one other unimaginable glacier. Oh, one other one. And one other one, and wow, take a look at these mountains.

Truthfully my face harm from smiling a lot. And from the wind too. However I’ll get to that in a minute.

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

south georgia travel

2. The sheer abundance of wildlife

In case you love animals and wildlife, properly South Georgia is the place for you! I’ve by no means been anyplace with such a shocking array of untamed animals packed in shut proximity with one another and in such large portions.

Most of our birdlife right here in New Zealand is threatened and endangered from launched predators and when you see a number of penguins, wow, that’s fairly particular and also you’re fairly fortunate.

On South Georgia you need to watch out the place you stroll to ensure you don’t the first step; penguins, seals, and all method of birds are all over the place. With its wealthy seashores for wildlife breeding grounds, on an expedition to South Georgia with a degree of wildlife encounters not attainable anyplace else, particularly now since rats have been eradicated this yr.

Seabirds galore, albatross rub shoulders with skua and different uncommon seabirds whereas the seashores are coated with fur seals, noisy elephant and a number of other kinds of penguins numbering in the hundreds.

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

The wildlife in South Georgia is out of this world, and far more dynamic and larger than in Antarctica. It’s noisy, loud and colourful, not precisely what you may think once you image a distant and rugged island in the center of the South Atlantic. It’s right here on South Georgia the place you’ve got the risk of intimate encounters with wildlife.

The Quark expedition staff who guides you there give unimaginable talks about the animals and also you’re briefed about retaining your distance and the best way to behave with them.

However the penguins and seals don’t comply with the guidelines. I discovered if I say down for some time and simply noticed them, somebody would come as much as me to take a look at this unusual creature in a yellow jacket.

And let me simply say, being surrounded by curious king penguins on a seashore with glaciers behind you and seals in entrance of you is not one thing you’ll ever overlook.

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

three. Loopy climate in contrast to something you’ve seen earlier than

We arrived close to Prion Island earlier than dawn on South Georgia; frothing with pleasure,I used to be up whereas it was nonetheless darkish and earlier than the expedition group made any bulletins on board. Curious, I opened the door to the outer deck.

Nicely, higher stated I TRIED to open the door to the outer deck, however received it open a few foot earlier than it slammed again and I used to be almost blown over with a wild howling wind in contrast to I’ve heard earlier than.

Welcome to South Georgia!

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

If it have been sunny and tropical, everybody can be there, proper?

Hmm now I do know what you’re considering, how does loopy climate make a place beautiful? Hear me out.

For me, there is actual magnificence in wild and unpredictable climate. From beautiful rays of daylight beaming between rain clouds to katabatic winds whipping up the seas throughout the bay and weird cloud formations, to even heat nonetheless sunny days that make you need to take your coat off, the polar local weather of South Georgia actually reminds you of the place you’re, humbles and intrigues.

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

four. Wow, what a historical past!

It’s usually assumed that South Georgia was found round 1675 throughout a crusing exploration and was named by Captain Prepare dinner (oh hey) a century later, whose descriptions of the monumental fur seal colonies introduced sealers over in droves who virtually decimated the seal inhabitants inside a century.

A totally inhospitable land, few have each tried to settle on South Georgia, apart from the hardy sealers and whalers of yesteryear.

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At the flip of the century, South Georgia sadly turned the whaling hub of the Antarctic by Norwegians, decimating the world’s whale inhabitants. Six stations have been constructed alongside the coast and virtually 200,000 whales have been estimated to be killed right here in about 60 years earlier than they have been protected.

The scars of the whaling business nonetheless stay on South Georgia, with bones nonetheless bleached white on the seashores and the rusted deserted stations sitting uninteresting purple on the horizon.

South Georgia is additionally the place the place Ernest Shackleton ended up after the most unimaginable open sea rescue journey in historical past, and you may go to his grave at Grytviken, the solely previous whaling station that’s been cleaned up and is visitable, full with a publish workplace and really cool museum.

South Georgia’s historical past is brutal and interesting, and simply seen at present.

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

south georgia travel

5. Its utter remoteness

The actual great thing about South Georgia for me lies in its sheer remoteness.

Hundreds of miles away for any actual civilization, each second right here you’re reminded that you’ve made the journey to the ends of the earth. In contrast to Antarctica, only a few expedition ships sail this manner, leaving its wildlife and landscapes comparatively unknown.

In South Georgia you’re assured experiences that may shake you to your very core, that may encourage you and convey you to tears with its magnificence. It’s by far the most unimaginable place I’ve ever been and I’m itching to return already.

Is it time but?

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Have you ever heard of South Georgia? Do you dream of seeing the penguin colonies there too? Are you a fan of voyaging to distant locations? Share!

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

south georgia travel

Photograph by Jarrad Seng

Many because of Quark Expeditions for serving to get me to South Georgia. Like all the time, I’m preserving it actual, all opinions are my very own, like you might anticipate much less from me!