Fortuna Bay

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Robert S
Westbury, NY764 contributions
Amazing Place, Amazing Island, Amazing Region
Dec 2019
We visited Fortuna Bay on South Georgia as part of an expedition/cruise inclding the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. Fortuna Bay and the island have spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife. Tripadvisor seems to have a limited number of specific locations to review, but the whole region is amazing.......like no other place in the world. The wildlife of seals, penguins and birds (that fly....I know penguins are birds....some huge) is fascinating to observe.
Written 26 March 2020
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Alaska23_Family
Eagle River, AK393 contributions
Love Those Penguins
Mar 2019 • Couples
My wife and I recently visited Fortuna Bay on an expedition cruise from Ushuaia to Cape Town. We went ashore on Zodiacs and proceeded to thousands of King Penguins - what a sight! Well worth a visit to see these beautiful and inquisitive penguins.
Written 28 March 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
King Penquins Colony
Jan 2019 • Couples
We have landed on Fortuna Bay as part of our expedition cruise. King penquins preferred to nest at long and open beaches with large swell. Thus this bay was home to gentoo penquins, king penquins, fur seals and many birds. This place should be a "must see" sight during South Georgia visit.
Written 1 February 2019
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,651 contributions
Wildlife and History
Jan 2019 • Couples
We visited Fortuna Bay as part of an expedition cruise with Hurtigruten.
South Georgia is amazing. Here at Fortuna Bay we walked to a king penguin colony of about 7000 pairs. There were a lot of chicks too, and many seals. The wildlife is just great and we loved watching the penguins.
Later in the day our ship was repositioned to the other side of the Bay, where we dropped off all the people doing the Shackleton Walk over the hill to Stromness. It is actually only the last section of walk Shackleton did to find help for his stranded men.
Written 28 January 2019
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GClife
Gold Coast, Australia1,500 contributions
Stunning
Dec 2018 • Couples
We visited South Georgia with Pontant, thus was our favourite landing in South Georgia, we also landed in Salisbury which was full of wildlife and chaotic with charging fur seals, and St Andrews Bay with its stunning setting, we loved Fortuna Bay, with its flowing streams, it was so peaceful and calm. A slice of paradise, may it long be protected and never changed
Written 30 December 2018
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Tissa.travels
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,123 contributions
Starting point for Shackleton walk
Jan 2018 • Couples
Fortuna Bay is the starting point for the infamous Shackleton walk (really only a small part of the 36 hours walk Shackleton and his men did). It starts on the beach which, like any beach in South-Georgia, is full of fur seals. After a steep climb you walk through a bit of mountainous terrain with lakes and glaciers. After a couple of hours you descend into Stromness Harbour. A beautiful walk in a beautiful area.
Written 26 April 2018
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Sue W
Whitstable, England, United Kingdom23 contributions
Christmas in Antarctica
Dec 2017 • Friends
Unbelievable place. We did the Christmas trip with Hurtigruten who were excellent. It’s a trip of a lifetime and I hope Antarctica can be protected for future generations. If you love whales, orcas, penguins and seals plus fabulous and stark scenery, then this is a ‘must visit’.
Written 29 March 2018
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Nathan W
Australia326 contributions
wildlife and scenery
Dec 2017 • Solo
the place is rich in wildlife, in history and in mountainous beauty. A walk to the waterfall was nice and to see what kind of landscape it held and try to imagine the climb down that shackleton did. The seals here are more curious to charge at you.
Written 1 February 2018
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Jacki51
Cambridge, UK135 contributions
Alive with wildlife
Dec 2017 • Couples
Fortuna Bay had literally thousands of King Penguins at the time we visited in various stages of development. Some of the 'babies' still covered with their thick furry brown coats looked huge next to their sleek-lined parents. Some were having their first molt, losing the brown fur to reveal the juvenile yellow cheek patches; their next molt will show the bright orange markings on the cheeks. Everyone says how smelly a penguin rookery/colony is but it wasn't that unpleasant and a brisk wind helped. Along with the King Penguins there were Fur and Elephant seals, also with their young; the fur seal babies were particularly cute but, like all wildlife, you kept your distance. Fortuna Bay was also the point we started our Shackleton hike, which was the last part of Shackleton's epic rescue journey and takes you over the hills to Stromness to the end of his quest to seek assistance which, at the time of his hike, was a working whaling station. The hike goes via the famous waterfall.
Written 15 January 2018
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Sa-i44
San Diego, CA5,677 contributions
Fortuna Bay and Bay of Stromness
Nov 2017 • Couples
Fortuna Bay
We were on a National Geo trip to South Georgia. This morning, the hikers among us were up early to walk in Shackleton’s footsteps on his last leg of his epic crossing of South Georgia, up the mountain from Fortuna Bay and down the other side to the Bay of Stromness. The hike was 4 miles long with 1000 feet of elevation over tussock grass, snow, mud, grass, gravel, boulders, glacial plains with streams and varying depths of snow. We dropped them off at Fortuna Bay and then continued on our way to Stromness Harbor.

Bay of Stromness
We went up to the bridge and watched us sail into the Bay of the Stromness with its whaling station. From the bridge we could see some small black dots in the snow, moving down the glacier. This was some of our people, at the end of their hike, sliding down the snow the way Shackleton and his men did.

Stromness was actually a former whaling vessel repair station, named after the 3-mile wide body of water right in front of it. Out ship anchored very close to shore, but we still had to zodiac in. There were a group of the ever-present elephant seals, but mostly beta males and some females, with the one dominant alpha male. But this was a small harem. There were a few fur seals lying around, and a few penguins to greet us, but mostly it was abandoned buildings, rocky terrain, alternating with squishy moss, and small streams running through it all. I could see the drops dripping of my boots as I walked along. We could imagine how in winter this was all covered in snow, and in the midst of summer, it was all covered in raging rivers from the snow melt.

We walked about 2 miles from the beach inland, on flat terrain, to the Shackleton Waterfall (everything here is named for The Boss). And as I stood there, I tried to imagine what Shackleton must have experienced, the emotions running through him, when after 15 days in the most violent sea in a tiny lifeboat and 36 hours of crossing icy mountains, he finally looked down and saw this bay and this whaling station and realized he had succeeded in finding help for his 27 men still stranded on Elephant Island. Just imagine. In the midst of the exhaustion, the cold and wet and the hunger, finally feeling relief and joy and hope.

The Whaling station itself is not really accessible as it was being preserved. There are signs posted all over with big red X’s warning of asbestos danger. But we were close enough to see the large tanks and the houses. And several large propellers that must have been used to fix the ships. In this same bay there were three separate whaling stations. Imagine how many thousands of whales must have once lived here to be able to supply three separate stations. And now they are all gone.
Written 7 January 2018
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