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Amazing Place, Amazing Island, Amazing Region

We visited Fortuna Bay on South Georgia as part of an expedition/cruise inclding the Falkland... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2020
Robert S
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Westbury, New York
Love Those Penguins

My wife and I recently visited Fortuna Bay on an expedition cruise from Ushuaia to Cape Town. We... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2019
Alaska23_Family
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Eagle River, Alaska
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

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.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

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’.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2017
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