Stromness

In the afternoon, we parked at Stromness, which is a bit more mountainous that the original on Orkney:

landscape Like Grytviken (the following day’s stop), this is a whaling and Shackleton history site: this is where he came down to the whaling station after hiking from the opposite coast, and started to arrange the rescue of the men left on Elephant Island.

The station is off-limits to humans, but not to the locals:

station  penguinline

Further back from the coast are soft moorlands, before the real mountains begin. Here Fur Seals practice guarding their as-yet imaginary harems:

guardingmosses

And Gentoo Penguins hike up to their colony:

reflection

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