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Grytviken, South Georgia

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Looking out to sea from the slope above the whalers church at Grytviken, South Georgia.

Grytviken is the site of an abandoned whaling station and currently active British Antarctic Survey research base on the north coast of South Georgia at 54° 17'S, 36° 30'W. It also has the South Georgia Museum which is in the building that was formerly the house of the whaling station manager.

The name means "pot cove" in Swedish, so called in 1902 by Johan Gunnar Anderson after the old "try pots" he found there, a relic of earlier activity by English sealers.

Grytviken is a very popular site for tourist ships to visit.


These are pictures from a trip to Antarctica in the summer of 2010 - 2011 for the purpose of researching former whaling stations and companies by Ulf Gustafsson of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Pictures copyright Ulf Gustafsson.


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