travel42 Port Guide: South Shetland Islands

South Shetland Islands travel42 Port of Call Guide

The Shetlands, dependencies of the Falkland Islands, are cold and wet and covered with lichen, peat and moss. It's a climate preferred by seals, penguins and other Antarctic wildlife. These 11 islands, first explored in 1819 and claimed by Great Britain, Chile and Argentina, lie just off the Antarctic Peninsula and are a first or last stop on many Antarctic cruises from South America.

King George Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands and the most populated. In addition to the di...

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