The grave of Shackleton
On 5th January 1922, Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of Antarctica’s greatest explorers, suffered a fatal heart attack while in South Georgia, just before he was to set off on yet another polar expedition. He is buried here, in Grytviken whaling station cemetery, beneath the mountainous island spine and wild seas he crossed so valiantly on one of his expedition’s extraordinary feats of endurance. Upon his death his body was taken to Argentina but, on hearing word of his demise, his wife said he should be buried near the place so close to his heart. Antarctica, the site of his greatest exploits and incredible survival, lies over the frigid sea and just beyond the horizon.