Information for Visitors
Information for Visitors to South Georgia
- Information for Visitors to South Georgia 2016-2017 [pdf, 2.0mb]
Visitor Application Forms
- Biosecurity Handbook 2016-2017 [pdf, 1.3mb]
- Visitor Biosecurity Self Audit Declaration [pdf, 0.06mb]
Visit Permit Holder Landing Declaration
- GSGSSI Visit Permit Holder Landing Declaration [pdf, 0.04Mb]
Visiting Grytviken and King Edward Point
- Visiting Grytviken And King Edward Point (KEP) [pdf, 0.2mb]
- Visitors Map of King Edward Point and Grytviken [pdf, 0.2mb]
Post-Visit Report Form
- Completing Your Post-Visit Report Form 2015 [pdf, 0.2Mb].
- Post-Visit Report Form 2015 [doc, 0.1Mb]
- Post-Visit Report: Site Visit Record - Continuation Sheet 2015 [docx, 0.01Mb].
Expeditions: Policy and Application
The Government SGSSI has defined an expedition as "any person or group of people whose approved activities include overnight camping (night(s) ashore) on South Georgia, regardless of the aims of the expedition. These might include filming, mountaineering, skiing, science, longer trekking, sea kayaking, or other activities.
Expedition applications will be subject to an assessment process that draws advice from a panel of expert advisors (for which an administrative fee is charged). The advisory panel are guided by the planning factors and expedition guidelines in the downloaded information.
- Expedition Policy and Application Procedures [pdf, 0.92mb]
Visitor Site Review
As part of our 2016-2020 strategy, the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) committed to working with stakeholders to develop our visitor management policy to better take account of the impact and benefits of tourism and integrate visitor management into our thinking for a new system of terrestrial protected areas. We aim to ensure that visitors can access and enjoy South Georgia whilst still ensuring that the highest standards of environmental protection and safety are upheld.
The first stage of this process is to establish baseline information on how visitors (including science, media, BAS, Government and tourists) use terrestrial areas on South Georgia by gathering data on the current spatial extent of operations. Input from expedition staff will be crucial to the success of this process.
We recognise that although for some sites there are specific visitor management plans, for others there is more open access and the potential for a higher degree of free roaming and so different operators may use the landscape differently. So we can capture this information, we have prepared a booklet which contains a map for each landing site. Please mark/shade the area that you use at each location as part of your ordinary landings.
We are also interested in what you consider to be the attractions of each site (wildlife, scenery etc.), where these are located within the site and how the environmental situation on the day of landing (e.g. fur seals, position of rivers) affects how you use a site on any particular occasion. Please also mark on the maps if there are areas within sites that you think are particularly sensitive and would benefit from additional monitoring efforts.
Assistance with this process is greatly appreciated and we would encourage you to take this opportunity to engage in this survey, which will really help develop management plans that facilitate access to South Georgia whilst protecting its unique environment.
Please return completed maps to ‘GSGSSI, Government House, Ross Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands, FIQQ 1ZZ'
Download: Visitor Site Use Survey [pdf, 6.4mb]
- Shackleton Legacy, The Shackleton Crossing, 2016 Post Expedition Report [pdf, 3.0mb]
- Selma Expeditions - the Shackleton Traverse - South Georgia 2016 [pdf, 1.5mb]
- Crean Shackleton Traverse 2016 [pdf, 2.5mb]
- Lindblad Shackleton Crossing 2016 [pdf, 1,8mb]
- Expedition report traverse of the Salvesen range supported by Pelagic Australist [pdf, 11.9mb]
- Intrepid-DX Group Post Expedition Report [docx, 1.9mb]
- S.E.A. Expedition [pdf, 0.13mb]
- South Georgia Shackleton Crossing Report October 2015 [pdf, 0.4mb]
- Polar Explorers Shackleton Crossing Expedition Report [pdf, 0.27mb]
- South of Fifty – Shackleton Traverse [pdf, 0.75mb]
- 2015 Westwind Ice Coring Project [docx, 1.8mb]
- BBC Natural History Unit filming expedition to Zavodovski Island [pdf, 1mb]
- Aurora 2015 ASG60 Shackleton Crossing [pdf, 3.4mb]
- 2015 Rapid Ascent – Canoe and Traverse [pdf, 0.04mb]
- PAX ARCTICA Shackleton Expedition 2014 [pdf, 9.3mb]
- 2014 Wickens – Icebird [pdf, 2.3mb]
- Ski Mountaineering from Podorange, Jim Blyth group [pdf, 1.9mb]
- Salvesen Expedition [pdf, 1.6mb]
- Aurora Shackleton Crossing 2014, ASG56 [docx, 0.8mb]
- Kern Adler Report: Ernest Shackleton's Trek [pdf, 0.01mb]
- Aurora Shackleton Crossing Report [doc, 0.4mb]
- Report on the Shackleton Traverse From Pelagic Australis [docx, 2.4mb]
- Ski Crossing of South Georgia [pdf, 0.3mb]
- Shackleton Epic report [docx, 4.4mb]
- Podorange report [docx, 2.9mb]
- Baffin Babes expedition to South Georgia. [doc, 0.1mb]
- Polar Explorers Post-Expedition Report [doc, 14mb]
- Aurora ASG44 Shackleton Crossing March 2012 [pdf, 0.2mb]
- Shackleton Traverse October 2011 [pdf, 0.7mb]
- Nordenskjold, The Last Leviathan 2011 [pdf, 2.0mb]
- Serac 2011 [docx, 0.2mb]
- Aurora 2011 Shackleton Crossing (ASG40) [pdf, 0.5mb]
- Ocean Maid 2010 [docx, 0.02mb]
- Oceanwide Expeditions Shackleton Crossing 2010 [pdf, 2.5mb]
- Norwegian Kayak Circumnavigation 2010 [docx, 1.2mb]
- Salvesen Ski Traverse 2010 [doc, 0.03mb]
- Shackleton Crossing - ASG37 [pdf, 0.7mb]
- The South Georgia Association Expedition [doc, 9mb]
- Beyond Endurance Expedition Shackleton Traverse And Attempted Ascent Of Mount Nicholls
Site Visitor Management Plans (SVMP)
The Site Visitor Management Plans (SVMP) have been prepared for the most popular approved visitor landing sites and a number of overland walks. These detail open access areas, closed areas and routes for overland walks. Visitor management information is detailed as well as additional information such as hazards and areas which are particularly sensitive to disturbance.
It is a condition of visit permits that these must be complied with and visit permit holders must ensure that all visitors and staff under their charge adhere to these plans. SVMP are reviewed annually and visit permit holders must ensure that they have the most recent versions of the plans before they depart for South Georgia.
- Cape Rosa [pdf, 1.2mb]
- Cooper Bay [pdf, 0.8mb]
- Fortuna [pdf, 0.7mb]
- Godthul to Sandebugten Walk_extended walk [pdf, 4.0mb]
- Godthul [pdf, 1.0mb]
- Gold Harbour [pdf, 3.4mb]
- Maiviken Walk extended walk [pdf, 0.9mb]
- Ocean Harbour Walk extended walk [pdf, 14mb]
- Prion Island [pdf, 4mb]
- Rookery Point Walk extended walk [pdf, 0.6mb]
- Salisbury Plain [pdf, 0.8mb]
- Shackleton Walk [pdf, 6.0mb]
- St Andrews Bay [pdf, 0.8mb]
- Stromness to Leith Walk extended walk [pdf, 0.8mb]
gpx files to download
For further information, please view the Regulated Activity Permit page.
Getting Married on South Georgia
South Georgia is a very special location for a marriage to be celebrated. It is possible to have a civil marriage or a religious marriage service on South Georgia but there are some formalities that must be completed and you will need to plan ahead to not only comply with the legal time frame but also to allow enough time to make the practical arrangements for a marriage on what is a remote territory. We recommend that you contact the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands at least 3 months before the date that you want to get married.
- Getting Married on South Georgia [pdf, 0.1mb]