The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands, north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Totaling over 3,600 square kilometres, between 80 and 90 percent of the land area is permanently glaciated and the highest point is 2,300 metres. Yet, despite the harsh conditions the islands do support vegetation upon which its wildlife feeds.
One of the most unique travel destinations in Antarctica, they are inhabited by a large variety of seals, penguins – including Adelie and chinstrap, and seabirds – including Antarctic terns and giant petrels.
As the islands are directly on the route to the Antarctica Peninsula most cruise ships heading there will stop at the South Shetland Islands, offering visitors wonderful photo opportunites in this unique landscape.
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