Salisbury Plains

Michael Pargal
Close to Grytviken is Salisbury Plain - a wildlife site without parallel. Several large glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop for the tens of thousands of King Penguins that breed in the tussock grass of this remarkable ecosystem. The wide beach makes for excellent walking as we visit the colonies, where were literally surrounded and delightfully outnumbered by throngs of curious, gentle penguins. In October the beaches are a haven for elephant seals, which will give birth at this time. Southern Giant Petrels and the occasional wandering Gentoo Penguin will also make for great photo opportunities. It's an awe-inspiring experience.