The Antarctic Heritage Trust is planning to honour the centenary year of Shackleton’s final expedition (the Quest) which journeyed to South Georgia and marked the end of the heroic-era of Antarctic exploration. We are providing an opportunity for supporters to join us on this dedicated expedition, which forms part of our Inspiring Explorers™ programme, and experience the wonder of South Georgia as part of a never-to-be repeated voyage.
You can join us from 1-15 October 2022 on a bespoke expedition presented by respected operator Antarctica21 and booking agent Wild Earth Travel.
The expedition is timed to visit South Georgia in early Spring, at the beginning of the wildlife migration and breeding cycle for so many of the island’s species. With estimates of 30 million breeding birds including 7 million penguins, 2 million fur seals, and 50 percent of the world’s southern elephant seals, it has the reputation for the greatest density of wildlife on earth.
The voyage will also feature the Trust’s wider Inspiring Explorers™ programme, which provides incredible opportunities for young inspiring New Zealanders to grow and experience the spirit of exploration.
This expedition is dedicated solely to visiting South Georgia. Experiences include cruising in the inflatable Zodiac boats, visits to vast king penguin rookeries, seal covered beaches, and the many important historic sites, several of which are forever connected to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
A highlight will be King Haakon Bay, located on the wild southern coastline, and landing place of the James Caird — Shackleton’s famous 23-foot boat, navigated by Captain Frank Worsley, after having made the epic 800-mile voyage from Elephant Island in Antarctica in 1916 following the loss of Endurance. We will also visit the Museum and the site of Shackleton’s final resting place, the small cemetery in Grytviken following his death on the Quest expedition. On-shore excursions will range from more to less strenuous based on your preference, with the possibility of using snowshoes at some locations (limited numbers).