Welcome to the South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a British overseas territory near Antarctica that is known for its icebergs and snow-capped mountains.

This travel guide will go through everything you need to know before traveling to the South Shetland Islands. Sit back and enjoy.

Map of the South Shetland Islands


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Top attractions

King George Island

King George Island is a famous island in the South Shetland Islands that is known for its beautiful nature.

Stormy Antarctica

Trinity Church

Trinity Church is a historic Russian Orthodox Church in the South Shetland Islands.

Russian Orthadox Church

Mount Achala

Mount Achala is a famous mountain in the South Shetland Islands.

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Weather and Climate

The South Shetland Islands have an arctic climate with extremely cold temperatures.

Question: What is the ideal time to visit the South Shetland Islands?

Answer: The best time to visit the South Shetland Islands is between November and March.

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History

The South Shetland Islands were first discovered by British mariner William Smith in 1819. A Spanish naval ship also explored the islands in the same year. The British returned again in 1820 to survey the islands. After the islands were discovered, many British and American sealers moved in. A Russian Antarctic expedition joined them in 1821. The South Shetland Islands joined the Falkland Islands Dependency in 1918 and fishing and whaling remain the primary industries today.

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