Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
Walk in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton, relive the final dash of the greatest adventure story ever told, and explore one of the most biodiverse environments on the planet.
In 1916, after leaving the crew of the Endurance fighting for survival on Elephant Island, Ernest Shackleton, along with a handful of his crew set out on a "Hail Mary" attempt at rescue. Against all odds they successfully sailed their beaten-down life boat, the James Caird, to South Georgia Island. But they landed on the wrong side of the island and had to cross the glacier ridden interior with no maps, little food and hardly any gear. To this day their story of relentless hope and perseverance inspires the world. On this journey we'll follow in their footsteps and witness the amazing glaciers and mountains that are so central to their story.
With its boundless opportunities to observe wildlife and breathtaking scenery at every turn South Georgia is a true Antarctic Oasis. It's often referred to as "Antarctica in a Nutshell," where the wonders of the world's wildest continent are all concentrated on one magical island. Join PolarExplorers as we explore South Georgia Island by ship, zodiac and on foot. Instead of the James Caird we will be sailing on a well-equipped and comfortable expedition ship complete with on board naturalists, historians and excellent meals. It doesn't get any better than this!
Dates & Rates
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Participants receive a discount on our 5-day Polar Shakedown Training.
Includes all group equipment, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear, transfer to/from the our start and end point, most meals.
Pre-expedition: Arrive at our starting location (could be Punta Arenas, Puerto Madryn or another city in coastal South America).
In-town gear reviews and a welcome reception to meet the other team members and review the schedule.
Board the ship for our voyage to South Georgia.
DAY 3-7 or 8
Sea voyage to South Georgia. Depending on the specific voyage itinerary this may include a stop at the Falkland islands.
DAY 8 or 9
Arrive at South Georgia. Our starting point for the crossing will be King Haakon Bay. Weather permitting we will be dropped here in the morning to begin our crossing.
This expedition is for people who are in good shape and are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. The days can be long and the skiing, though not technically difficult requires that you maintain an appropriate pace. You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance and the ability to pull a sled (between 25-35 kilos) for several hours at a time. You need to have experience with glacial travel and a familiarity with crevasse rescue (if you don't we can recommend training options). Importantly you need to be able to regulate your body temperature and energy so that you do not get too cold, too hot, or "hit the wall" with fatigue.Towards the end of the day it is critical that you have the energy reserves to help with the group camp chores.
This expedition can encounter extreme conditions including high winds, limited visibility, snow, rain, and cold temperatures. Living in such conditions 24 hours a day can be very challenging. You do not have to be a world class athlete to participate in and enjoy this expedition, but every ounce of training and preparation will help to make the expedition more enjoyable and safer.
Please contact us with further questions!
Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants. Please contact us for more information about your personal gear and group gear for this expedition.
Several items on our equipment checklist are available from our store.