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Cheap flights from S. Georgia and S. Sandwich Isls.

Travellers looking to go on the ultimate adventure should explore places others rarely venture to. One possible place to explore is the area around the Antarctic. There lies South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands on the Southern Hemisphere near South America and Falkland Islands. People might think it a desolate environment, but these islands are actually a haven for Antarctic species. Here thrive a large number of birds and seals living together in different areas of the island. Whales also frequently pass by, especially in the months where they go down the ocean near the Antarctic.

These islands, claimed by Capt. James Cook in 1775, have been a British territory, even though Argentina tried to assert its sovereignty on them in the 1920s. The Latin American country soon gave up its bases in the later years of the 20th century. This leaves South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands in the hands of the British who have established an exclusive fishing zone extending from 12nm to 200nm around each island.

Where to go

Travellers on a getaway from civilisation and rest in nature will fulfil their goals in the islands. South Georgia particularly features a bio-diverse environment which caters to various endemic species such as king penguins, fur, and elephant seals, as well as albatrosses resting on their nests. Other than the species, more sights await travellers in the islands. Those tracing the path taken by Ernest Shackleton's expedition can start in King Haakon Bay, where the brave explorer landed after his voyage. Visitors here will be enthralled with the beaches, mountains, and glaciers which form a look of untouched beauty.

From there, tourists can go on to Grytviken to learn more about the history of South Georgia. A museum displaying the story of the island can be found here with an abandoned whaling station. One can also pay homage on the nearby memorial where Shackleton was laid to rest. Once finished, tourists can go on to see the rest of the island. They can go to Stromness Bay and view the cliffs and glaciers.

Short Haul 

Tourists considering their options can go all the way down to the Antarctica. Unlike in the times of the pioneer expeditions, touring the Antarctic is now relatively more convenient. Fly cruises are now available where one can board charter flights from Tierra del Fuego and land on King George Island. Travellers can then go on to Antarctica by ship to explore the coastal area. For those who like to explore the inland areas, more flight cruises are available to see the wildlife. Different types of seabirds and other species can be seen from here, making it a must for travellers who appreciate nature and the winter landscape.

Long Haul 

Seeing more of the world on ice can be more fun with a trip to Greenland. Ironic the name may be, but the country can be fun to explore. The settlements lie on the coastal area where it's warmer. The country itself makes a remarkable contrast between dry land and the large blocks of ice floating on the icy lake background. The purity of the landscape can be fascinating to view, especially at low light.

How to get out

Unfortunately for tourists who want to visit nearby areas by air, there are no flights going directly out of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. They will have to sail by ship to navigate their way to other lands such as Argentina where they can catch a flight in Ministro Pistarini International Airport. This airport connects to various landing points in the world via airlines such as: Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Avianca Coasta Rica, Avianca Peru, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, TAM Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. 

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