South Georgia - What can be expected?

What can be expected?

Of the destination

South Georgia, is one of the most remote places in the world, with the only access being by sea. It has some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on earth, an animal haven. Frequently described as being "The Alps in the mid-ocean". It´s rugged northerly coastline offeres well protected anchorages.

Of the climate

The island is exposed to the intense and incessant flow of the westerly winds.
South Georgia climate is classified as subpolar, and the weather is highly variable and harsh.
Given the temperatures, snowfall is more likely from mid-April to October, but sometimes it can occur even in summer, even at
sea level. Gale force winds may blow throughout the year, the humidity is consistently high, and the amount of sunshine scarce.
At sea level, the temperature can drop a few degrees below freezing even in summer. Strong UV protection and adequate foul weather gear are a must. It must be taken in consideration, that the navigation between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia is commonly what would be considered rough and tiring.

Of the Expedition

SIM Expeditions founder Wolf Kloss puts it quite well when he says that “our expeditions are not just about sailing, but mainly about discovery.” Even though the main activity in our expeditions we recognize as sailing, the whole concept of exploration is what we want people to take with them. To achieve this, efforts are made in order to land in places where treks, wild flora and fauna, and even visits to some of the local people are a possibility. In order to keep a schedule that will provide the opportunities to witness the breath-taking landscapes the area has to offer, wind conditions are key, and whenever sailing does not allow for efficient mobility, the vessel will turn to engine power in order to not only make the best of the track, but also to avoid unfavorable weather conditions.

Life on board is to be expected in an atmosphere of expedition. Chores and sailing maneuvers reinforce the camaraderie unique to this type of expeditions. Early mornings are the rule, in order to take maximum advantage of the area's attractions. The temperature inside the boats can vary depending on the situation, and the climatic and sailing context, typical of a sailing vessel, but inside temperature averages around 16-18 degrees Celsius. Both Vessels have pump-powered toilets and “sailboat showers” available. Please note that even though available, showers cannot be expected everyday given the importance of conserving and efficiently use water. A good recommendation is that each person brings his/hers own sponge in order to better enjoy a “sailboat shower”.

Of SIM Expedition’s Crew

You can expect a team of friendly and hospitable individuals who will help you out experience the Expedition at its fullest. Also, we have a very “down to-earth” approach towards everyone, making the atmosphere in the boats, the field, or the office, accessible, warm, and welcoming.

At SIM Expeditions we have worked hard to have our taste for sailing meet our call for exploration and let it become the core of our objective: to provide world-class opportunities to immerse oneself into wilderness, and explore the world in order to discover oneself.