King George Island | Polar Unbound

King George Island

Named for the infamous King George III, this island is home to elephant, leopard, and Weddel seals, along with Adelie, chinstrap, and Gentoo penguins and other birds that nest during the summer months. Many research stations from a variety of different countries around the world are found on King George Island. A Russian Orthodox Church was built on the island in 2004, making it the southernmost church in the world and one of Antarctica’s few permanent structures. During the summer the island hosts the Antarctic Marathon, open to employees of the United States Antarctic Program, United States Air Force personnel on duty at McMurdo Station and Kiwis from New Zealand's nearby research station.