Bad News: Avian Influenza (HPAI) in South Georgia

Bad news from the other side of the world

Bad news from the other side of the world: bird flu (avian influenza) has unfortunately also reached the remote regions of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica – the highly contagious virus was first detected on South Georgia back in October. This is particularly sad and poses a dramatic threat to the unique wildlife there.

Unfortunately, this issue also affects our project, as many of the possible landing sites have been completely closed by the administration (GSGSSI). The map shows all landing sites in South Georgia that are normally accessible to visitors and their categorisation and closure according to the GSGSSI biosecurity manual (yellow = open, orange = closed to tourists / reopening possibly possible, red = closed to all until the end of the season).
Map: 20 November 2023, source: GSGSSI / Polarjournal

As things stand, the situation on site has deteriorated further and the number of landing sites still open has been significantly reduced. Even South Georgia’s main port of call, Grytviken, is currently closed (level 2 = orange).

Whether we will be able to realise our plan to sail to South Georgia and explore in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton as planned, or at all, is unfortunately up in the air at the moment.

Further information can be found here:

An important step

We did it!

The contract has been signed and further planning can begin. Of course we celebrated that with a Shackleton.
There are still three places left – apply for this Antarctic adventure and become part of our team!

Wanted II

Successful Restart

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

Sir Ernest Shackleton

After our originally planned skipper unexpectedly dropped out at the end of August, we were looking for a new partner.

And we have found one!

Already for many years in the Southern Ocean, in the Antarctic and on the oceans of this world: A proven expedition sailing vessel, built for extreme conditions, which has countless miles in polar areas in its wake and its proven team of skippers with a lot of experience in the high latitudes and on long trips in such remote areas.

Some fellow sailors have already found themselves who share this dream and who are willing to embark on this adventure with me.

However, the team is not complete yet and we are looking for more adventurous people with excitement and enthusiasm, curiosity and desire to discover and explore the unknown and willing to realize this dream together with us.

Are you ready to join us?