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South Shetland Islands
in Great Britain

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South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a group of islands located off the Antarctic Peninsula in the Southern Ocean. They are part of the British Antarctic Territory, a British Overseas Territory, and are situated about 120 miles north of the Antarctic continent. The islands are home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, penguins, and numerous seabirds.

The South Shetland Islands are made up of 9 main islands, the largest being King George Island. Other islands include Elephant Island, Deception Island, Livingston Island, Greenwich Island, Robert Island, Snow Island, Nelson Island, and Smith Island. The islands have a total land area of about 545 square miles.

The islands were first sighted by the British explorer William Smith in 1819. Smith named the islands after the British explorer William Shetland, who had discovered the nearby South Orkney Islands. The islands were later explored by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1819-1822, led by the British explorer James Weddell.

The islands were annexed by the United Kingdom in 1908, and since then have been administered as part of the British Antarctic Territory. The islands are home to two scientific research stations, the Chilean station, Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva, and the Russian station, Bellingshausen.

The South Shetland Islands are an important historical site, as they were the site of the first Antarctic landings in 1820. The islands were also the site of the first Antarctic whaling station, established in 1821. The islands are also the site of the first Antarctic post office, which opened in 1909.

Today, the South Shetland Islands are an important scientific research site, and are home to a variety of research programs. The islands are also a popular destination for tourists, who come to observe the abundant wildlife and stunning scenery.

Excursion tips for a day in South Shetland Islands

As a tourist in the South Shetland Islands of Great Britain, there are plenty of exciting activities to do in a day:

1. Visit the King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, and admire the breathtaking views of the glaciers and mountains.

2. Take a boat tour to explore the nearby islands and observe the wildlife, such as penguins, seals, and seabirds.

3. Embark on a kayaking trip around the islands and view the unique landscape from the water.

4. Go whale watching and spot the many species of whales that inhabit the waters around the islands.

5. Visit the Deception Island and explore the volcanic landscape.

6. Get a glimpse of the historic sites on the islands, such as the ruins of the whaling station on Deception Island.

7. Take a hike around the islands and explore the diverse flora and fauna.

8. Visit the scientific research stations and learn about their research and the environment of the islands.

9. Go fishing and try your luck at catching some of the local species.

10. Relax on the beaches and enjoy the stunning sunsets.

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The climate in South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands in Great Britain have a cold and wet climate all year round. Summers are mild and wet, with temperatures ranging from 3°C to 10°C. Winters are cold and wet, with temperatures ranging from -5°C to 3°C. In spring and autumn, temperatures range from -2°C to 10°C. The South Shetland Islands are very windy and the climate is often cloudy and overcast. Precipitation is frequent throughout the year, with the highest levels occurring in autumn and winter.

Cruise weather for South Shetland Islands

Our weather forecast for South Shetland Islands helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 2.5 °C
min: -0.7 °C
33.1 m/s
57.2 m/s
93.4 %
17.2 m
95.7 %
994 hPa
09:55:30
16:02:34
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 0.2 °C
min: -4.1 °C
42.1 m/s
61.6 m/s
49.1 %
19.6 m
81.0 %
990 hPa
09:53:26
16:04:48
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: -2.7 °C
min: -4.5 °C
45.7 m/s
63.0 m/s
44.4 %
22.2 m
79.1 %
989 hPa
09:51:20
16:07:03
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: -0.4 °C
min: -7.3 °C
39.2 m/s
52.2 m/s
100.0 %
2.2 m
94.5 %
968 hPa
09:49:10
16:09:20
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: -8.7 °C
min: -16.2 °C
38.2 m/s
55.8 m/s
97.6 %
2.4 m
90.5 %
966 hPa
09:46:57
16:11:40
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: -4.7 °C
min: -15.4 °C
27.0 m/s
42.1 m/s
99.5 %
16.5 m
88.6 %
977 hPa
09:44:41
16:14:01
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: -9.0 °C
min: -16 °C
47.5 m/s
72.7 m/s
100.0 %
1.6 m
92.5 %
972 hPa
09:42:22
16:16:24
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: -4.2 °C
min: -15 °C
34.2 m/s
51.5 m/s
38.6 %
22.1 m
80.4 %
991 hPa
09:40:01
16:18:48
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: -2.2 °C
min: -8 °C
49.2 m/s
75.0 m/s
93.4 %
22.5 m
83.3 %
998 hPa
09:37:37
16:21:13
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: -1.4 °C
min: -4.9 °C
74.2 m/s
110.5 m/s
100.0 %
8.8 m
86.4 %
984 hPa
09:35:10
16:23:40
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: -3.0 °C
min: -8.7 °C
48.2 m/s
74.5 m/s
100.0 %
0.2 m
92.8 %
972 hPa
09:32:42
16:26:08
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: -4.6 °C
min: -14.1 °C
49.7 m/s
66.6 m/s
100.0 %
0.2 m
91.5 %
980 hPa
09:30:10
16:28:38
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: -7.8 °C
min: -13.7 °C
19.1 m/s
36.7 m/s
64.5 %
11.5 m
88.7 %
994 hPa
09:27:37
16:31:08

Cruises to South Shetland Islands

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Scheduled ship calls in South Shetland Islands, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 13th 2024 Wednesday, 13th of Nov. 2024 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Nov. 24th 2024 Sunday, 24th of Nov. 2024 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 26th 2024 Tuesday, 26th of Nov. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Nov. 30th 2024 Saturday, 30th of Nov. 2024 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 5th 2024 Thursday, 5th of Dec. 2024 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 6th 2024 Friday, 6th of Dec. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Dec. 6th 2024 Friday, 6th of Dec. 2024 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 12th 2024 Thursday, 12th of Dec. 2024 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 15th 2024 Sunday, 15th of Dec. 2024 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 16th 2024 Monday, 16th of Dec. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Dec. 18th 2024 Wednesday, 18th of Dec. 2024 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 26th 2024 Thursday, 26th of Dec. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Jan. 2nd 2025 Thursday, 2nd of Jan. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Jan. 10th 2025 Friday, 10th of Jan. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Jan. 12th 2025 Sunday, 12th of Jan. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 20th 2025 Monday, 20th of Jan. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Jan. 22nd 2025 Wednesday, 22nd of Jan. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 29th 2025 Wednesday, 29th of Jan. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 30th 2025 Thursday, 30th of Jan. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 31st 2025 Friday, 31st of Jan. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 1st 2025 Saturday, 1st of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 2nd 2025 Sunday, 2nd of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 3rd 2025 Monday, 3rd of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Feb. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Feb. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Feb. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Feb. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Feb. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Feb. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Feb. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Feb. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Feb. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Feb. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 22nd 2025 Saturday, 22nd of Feb. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Feb. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Mar. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Mar. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Mar. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Mar. 2025 Silver Endeavour 06:30 pm 06:30 pm
Mar. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Mar. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Mar. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Mar. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:30 pm
Oct. 23rd 2025 Thursday, 23rd of Oct. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 07:30 pm 07:45 pm
Oct. 31st 2025 Friday, 31st of Oct. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 2nd 2025 Sunday, 2nd of Nov. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 07:30 pm 07:45 pm
Nov. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Nov. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 12th 2025 Wednesday, 12th of Nov. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Nov. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 20th 2025 Thursday, 20th of Nov. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 07:30 pm 07:45 pm
Nov. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Nov. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:00 am 06:00 pm

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