Day 13 — Stromness and Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
In the morning we arrived to Stromness where a very large colony of penguins was present. Some of the passengers went also to another hike over the mountains reaching Fortuna Bay. There they were reached by the Ms Fram which came to pick everybody up again. These two places where characterised by much larger (and unsafe) whale stations.
Day 14 — Husvik and St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia
The morning was spent in Husvik, another old whale station. In this case, we couldn’t get close to the stations as asbestos was present. Other than this hazard, the place didn’t really offer anything new that we hadn’t already seen in the last few days. In the afternoon on the other hand, we went to St. Andrews Bay, and it was spectacular. It hosts probably one of the largest King penguin colonies in the world: at the time we went there, it was estimated there were over 120,000 penguins.
Because of this huge number of animals ashore we weren’t allowed to actually land, but we got very close with the Polar Circle Boats. In the evening we left South Georgia hoping to get to the first Antarctica islands by the 17th day of our trip.