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South Shetland Islands Antarctica

Explores the most remote places in and around the Antarctic region with their own ships and expedition crew. Passengers are taken from Ushuaia to remote locations such as the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

1 of the most unique travel destinations, in Antarctica, they are inhabited by a large variety of seals, penguins, including Adelie and chinstrap, and seabirds, including Antarctic terns and giant petrels. Small groups of scientists and researchers, as well as a variety of penguins, seabirds, and seals populate its coasts. South Shetland Islands is a group of islands about 120 kilometers north of the Antarctic Peninsula. in the Drake Passage of the South Atlantic Ocean.

South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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As the islands are directly on the route to the Antarctica Peninsula most cruise ships heading there will stop at the South Shetland Islands, offering visitors wonderful photo opportunities in this unique landscape. Popular destinations include Elephant, King George, Livingston, and Deception Island. Each offers a variety of activities that cater to all levels of interest, and have a significant place in Antarctica’s past.

South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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South Shetland Islands Antarctica
Photo Credit ( ravas51 ) Creative Commons/Flickr

The South Shetland Islands are part of the British Antarctic Territory. There is no permanent in-habitation on these islands aside from the personnel on the research stations. The climate is not as rough as on the Antarctic mainland, the temperature oscillates between -10°C and +5°C.  The easiest way to visit the islands is by cruise ship. Cruises to this part of Antarctica usually start from Ushuaia, take one to two weeks.

South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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Explores the most remote places in and around the Antarctic region with their own ships and expedition crew. Passengers are taken from Ushuaia to remote locations such as the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. With fully equipped zodiacs passengers are going ashore on several locations, which are rich in wildlife and offer plenty of opportunities for exploring activities.

South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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South Shetland Islands Name

  • Elephant Island
  • Clarence Island
  • Rowett Island (minor)
  • Gibbs Island (minor)
  • King George Island (the largest)
  • Bridgeman Island (minor)
  • Penguin Island (minor)
  • Nelson Island
  • Aitcho Islands (minor)
  • Greenwich Island
  • Half Moon Island (minor)
  • Desolation Island (minor)
  • Livingston Island (second largest)
  • Rugged Island (minor)
  • Snow Island
  • Smith Island
  • Deception Island
  • Low Island
  • Seal Island (minor)
South Shetland Islands Antarctica
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