King Haakon Bay

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King Haakon Bay
King Haakon Bay in South Georgia Island.jpg
King Haakon Bay is located in South Georgia Island
King Haakon Bay
King Haakon Bay
Coordinates54°09′S 37°19′W / 54.150°S 37.317°W / -54.150; -37.317Coordinates: 54°09′S 37°19′W / 54.150°S 37.317°W / -54.150; -37.317
Ocean/sea sourcesScotia Sea
IslandsSouth Georgia Island

King Haakon Bay, or King Haakon Sound, is an inlet on the southern coast of the island of South Georgia. The inlet is approximately eight miles (13 km) long and two point five miles (4 km) wide. The inlet was named for King Haakon VII of Norway by Carl Anton Larsen, founder of Grytviken. Queen Maud Bay, named for his queen, is nearby.

Cave Cove, which forms part of the bay, is best known as the landing place of Ernest Shackleton in May 1916 as he sought help for his shipwrecked crew marooned on Elephant Island with the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. They also camped at Peggotty Bluff in the bay. Shackleton Gap, a mountain pass, connects King Haakon Bay to Possession Bay.[1]


  1. ^ "Shackleton Gap". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-08-06.