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Grytviken, The Whalers Church, South Georgia

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The whalers church at Grytviken is a Norwegian Lutheran church, pre-fabricated in Strommen, Norway, then shipped down to South Georgia and erected near to the whaling station. It was consecrated on Christmas day 1913 though shortly after it was built the pastor lamented "Christian life unfortunately does not wax strong among whalers".

The church is still in use having been repaired and restored in the 1990's though it hasn't had a pastor since 1931.


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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