The South Sandwich Islands are very closely related to South Georgia and, along with this larger island, are grouped as one British Overseas Territory. These islands share the same wild landscape as South Georgia and, just like South Georgia and the Falklands, have been subject to claims of sovereignty by Argentina since 1938.
There are eleven main islands that make up this small archipelago, although they were not all discovered at the same time. It was Captain James Cook who discovered the eight islands furthest south in 1775, although he is thought to have not known whether they were indeed islands or one large land mass.
Because of this, he dubbed them 'Sandwich Land' after the 4th Earl of Sandwich. The word 'South' was added to the islands' name to avoid confusion with the Sandwich Islands which are now known as the American state of Hawaii. The three islands furthest north were discovered some forty-four years later by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen.
As well as the numerous volcanoes found on the islands, one of the main highlights during this leg of your Antarctic expedition is one that leaves many with an overwhelming feeling of amazement. The sight of one of the world’s largest penguin colonies on the shores of Zavodovski Island is one that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life. These chinstrap penguins are beautiful and there is thought to be around a million of them returning here to breed each year.