South Shetland Islands
Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery
The South Shetland Islands are a group of rocky islands only about 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Several countries have research stations on the islands, with most being found on the largest island, King George Island. It’s here, at the Chilean Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva, that there is a 4000ft runway that sees over 200 flights a year bringing people and supplies to and from the Islands and wider Antarctica.
Most of the islands are covered in ice for much of the year, but they are still home to large populations of Elephant and fur seals, as well as huge numbers of penguins and Antarctic sea birds. Frequent encounters here include gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins, Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals, as well as and orca, humpback, and minke whales.
Interesting facts about South Shetland Islands
Because of the rocky nature of the South Shetland Islands, all your landings here will be by Zodiac. They are safe and fast, allowing you to get to several landing sites in a day, as well as giving you some stunning "up close and personal" experiences with icebergs, glaciers, and marine life.
Pictures of South Shetland Islands
Highlights Close to South Shetland Islands
Northeast beach of Ardley Island
Baily Head on Deception Island
Telefon Bay on Deception Island
Animals in South Shetland Islands
Our trips to South Shetland Islands