Grytviken Whaling Station – 54° 15’ S, 36° 45’W

Grytviken (Swedish for “Pot bay”) is a settlement in the British territory of South Georgia in the South Atlantic. It was so named in 1902 by the Swedish surveyor Johan Gunnar Andersson who found old English try pots used to render seal oil at the site. It is the best harbour on the island, consisting of a bay (King Edward Cove) within a bay (Cumberland East Bay). The site is quite sheltered, provides a substantial area of flat land suitable for building, and has a good supply of fresh water.
Grytviken consists of a small graveyard (containing, amongst others, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton), a disused whaling station and, further round the bay, a British Antarctic Survey station and South Georgian government administration. The station and administration are off-limits to tourists but the whaling station is open to explore. There is a museum and shop at the whaling station as well as a refurbished church.