Welcome to Elephant Island

It was here that 22 members of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, stranded in 1915 after their ship was crushed in the Weddell Sea pack ice, spent 135 days. At Point Wild, on the northern coast 10km west of Cape Valentine (the island’s easternmost point), where the men lived beneath two upturned boats, a monolith with a bust of Piloto Pardo, commander of the Chilean navy cutter Yelcho, commemorates their rescue on August 30, 1916. Landings are difficult; heavy surf often prevents even Zodiac tours, and, if the sea is calm, the beach may be too crowded with fur seals and chinstrap penguins to go ashore.

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