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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Travel Information


South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are a British Overseas Territory, located in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The islands consist of the island of South Georgia (the largest island), and a separate group of islands that form the South Sandwich islands.

There is no native population on the islands, but a British Government office, a Deputy Postmaster, and staff from the British Antarctic Survey are based on South Georgia (at Bird Island, Grytviken and King Edward Point).

Argentina also claims sovereignty over the islands, and from 1976 to 1982 maintained a small military outpost on Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia itself was the scene of fighting in the 1982 Falklands War. The personnel on the Argentine base on Thule Island were evicted, and the base subsequently demolished, in the immediate aftermath of the war.

Economic activity in the islands is limited, although the islands do earn revenue from the sale of fishing licenses, the sale of postage stamps (to collectors), and tourism. South Georgia in particular has become a common stop for cruise ships visiting the Antarctic.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Details


Country Name South Georgia

Also Known As

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Political Status British Overseas Territory
Geographic Location The South Atlantic to the East of the Falkland Islands (South America)
Principal Language English
Capital King Edward Point


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A Visitor's Guide to South Georgia: Second Edition (Wild Guides (Princeton University Press))
By Sally Poncet

Poncet Sally Crosbie
Spiral-bound (184 pages)

A Visitor s Guide to South Georgia: Second Edition (Wild Guides (Princeton University Press))
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  • A Visitor s Guide to South Georgia
Product Description:

This is the only illustrated guide specifically tailored to the needs of visitors to this remote and captivating part of the world, and it is the ideal book for armchair naturalists.



A Visitor's Guide to South Georgia features hundreds of color photographs of the diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery to be found at this unique tourist destination. It includes extensive and up-to-date coverage of all wildlife groups―from albatrosses and petrels to seals and penguins―as well as color maps and detailed information for the 23 key visitor sites. This stunning photographic guide describes the history, geology, and culture of South Georgia. It also provides a checklist of all fauna and flora as well as valuable tips for visitors to the islands, and the book’s wirebound format enables it to fold out flat for easy use in a water-protective holder.



  • Features hundreds of photos

  • Covers all wildlife groups

  • Includes maps and information for the 23 key visitor sites

  • Describes South Georgia’s unique history, geology, and culture

  • Provides a checklist of all fauna and flora

  • Gives valuable tips for visitors

Antarctica Cruising Guide: Includes Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Ross Sea
By Peter Carey

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Paperback (240 pages)

Antarctica Cruising Guide: Includes Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Ross Sea
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Now packed with even more breathtaking color photographs, wildlife descriptions, and detailed area maps, this updated edition to a bestselling Antarctica travel guide includes fascinating, full accounts of interesting places, spectacular landscapes, and local plants and wildlife—from penguins and other birds to whales, seals, and myriad mammals. A definitive field guide to Antarctica, this book caters to South Pole visitors traveling by luxury liner, adventure cruise, or private boat. Written by experienced Antarctic travelers who are recognized experts in the continent's wildlife, conservation, and political history, every page offers gorgeous color photographs of the great white south. This third edition pays special attention to explaining the threats to Antarctic conservation, including global warming, and includes tips on how visitors can minimize their own impact and help preserve this unique continent.

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