King George Island
King George Island
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Bangkok, Thailand4,671 contributions
Dec 2022
We flew from Punta Arenas to King George Island with Antartic Airways for a day trip. What a memorable day! There was mandatory briefing required before going, then 2h40 min flight to King George Island where we took a Zodiac boat to visit a glacier, and another stop to see penguins, and later the Russian church, the southern most in the world. Such a truly unique experience and we were lucky to have fantastic weather so it was bearable but I can imagine in different circumstances it would be difficult. This trip was not recommended with a young baby but our daughter is well travelled and had been to Iceland earlier this year so in the end they accepted our reservation. It was definitely a challenge but it turned out to be one of our most memorable trips ever. DAP airlines mentioned that our daughter was probably the youngest to fly to Antartica because there are very few flights from other countries because most are from Chile (New Zealand, South Africa are two others). More than 99.5% of tourists to Antartica go via cruise, not flight, but with a baby we thought a cruise was unworkable so we chose to fly. For regular people, I would say the flight would be best suited for busy executives who do not have much time available for a 2-week cruise. The scenery in Antartica was not as impressive as what we saw in Iceland and Greenland for picture taking, but the remoteness of Antartica means this trip tops them all. Not a cheap expedition but it was worth every penny for us.
Written 8 December 2022
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Juan Oehninger
Santiago, Chile151 contributions
Dec 2021
After crossing the drake passage and arrival to king George chilean naval base , I can say lots anchor’s ships and yachts from all over the world , nothing to pint out that deserves disembarking toes some army base and a airfield thats always may be open to fly in or out , I was on the endeavoir and preferd the ship after all the expenses involve getting to Antartica
Written 6 November 2022
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,499 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
We were so excited to finally set foot on the Elusive 7th Continent! King George is home yo thousands of penguins, and we truly enjoyed our time there. We also had the chance to fly out of Frei Station after our 5 day cruise.
Written 22 January 2022
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Derek H
Edgewood, KY179 contributions
Dec 2019
We flew over for the Day from Punta Arenas with DAP. Amazing trip without the potential sea sickness from the crossing.
Written 3 January 2020
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Brandylady
Aberdeen, UK1,188 contributions
Dec 2019
This was our first experience of Antarctica, first stop on a 3 week expedition cruise . It was snowing lightly but no lying snow and not as cold as I had expected . Lots of whale remains on the shores and our first glimpses of penguins! ...... a taster for what was to follow!
Written 25 December 2019
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Steveh3Texas
Southlake, TX724 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Our Quark Fly the Drake trip began here. We flew here from Chile. Then, walked 1.2 miles to meet our zodiac that took us to the ship. Penguins greeted us in the Bay.
Written 25 December 2019
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ERVINR
Cedar Rapids, IA68 contributions
Dec 2019
Like most of us, visited King George Island out of curiosity and to say we were to Antarctica. Interesting chipped rock runway, was a new one for me. Only were able to be there for one day, but got a good flavor of the area. Saw nice colony of Penguins and a Glacier up close and personal.
Written 18 December 2019
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michaelrp2018
Monaco-Ville, Monaco297 contributions
Dec 2018
Be prepared for a surprise - arriving at King George Island, and the Russian science station, it is not what you are expecting - more post Chernobyl melt down, environmental waste land of rusting trucks, dismantled huts. Escape quickly and then around the next bay the anticipated antarctic wilderness
Written 2 September 2019
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veritosito
Santiago, Chile20 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Not what you might expect out of an Antartica trip, actually no ice at all, but an interesting peak to what living at the end of the world is. To go deeper to glaciers you should definitely take a cruise down south.
Written 23 January 2019
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Scott W
Texas139 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
I recently traveled to King George Island with my family on one of DAP's overnight tours. As part of a 3-hour hike, we visited Elefantera Beach, where we were able to see dozens of elephant seals. We also visited nearby Ardley Island, where there's a penguin rookery (there were Adelies, Chinstraps, and Gentoos, but no King or Emperor penguins). However, the highlight of the trip was a trip on a zodiac boat to see Collins Glacier, which was breathtaking. The island is home to about a dozen research bases, as well as the small Chilean "town" of Villa Las Estrellas (which has a post office and about 35 citizens), but it is still possible to get away from human activity and experience undisturbed wildlife pretty easily.
Written 6 January 2019
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