Norway has strong links with South Georgia. The first whaling station at South Georgia, Grytviken, was founded by Norwegian Carl Anton Larsen. In the following 60-year-long industrial whaling era, many thousands of Norwegians lived and worked at South Georgia for months or years at a time. For this reason the built heritage and social heritage of the island has a strong Norwegian influence. Today Norwegians are fascinated by the sub-Antarctic island where so many of their for bears lived and worked, so SGHT established a Norwegian branch, SGHT Norway. This was administered for many years by Stig-Tore Lunde of Sandefjord (until his sad death in 2023), supported by the SGHT’s Norwegian Trustee, Professor Bjørn Basberg. Bjorn continues to look after SGHT’s Norwegian interests.
Several of SGHT’s successful projects, including the restoration of the interior and exterior of Husvik manager’s villa, and the creation of signage for Grytviken whaling station, were initiated and enacted by SGHT Norway. Norwegian craftsmen were included amongst the experts on SGHT’s Whaling Station Survey in 2022.
SGHT continues to have close links with the following:
PROFESSOR BJØRN L. BASBERG
NORWEGIAN TRUSTEE OF SGHT
CRAFTSMEN WHO RESTORED HUSVIK VILLA