Welcome to South Orkney Islands

Covering 622 sq km, the group is 85% glaciated. The highest point, 1265m Mt Nivea, was first scaled in 1955–56; it takes its name from the snow petrel (Pagodroma nivea), which breeds in the area.

South Orkney weather is cold, windy (westerlies) and overcast. On average the sun shines less than two hours a day.

Besides Laurie and Signy Islands, Shingle Cove on Coronation Island is often visited, offering excellent wildlife-viewing.

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South Orkney Islands in detail

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