Long voyages, great lies.
— Italian proverb

Travel Guide: French Southern Territories

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French Southern and Antarctic Lands are a group of islands of the Southern Ocean, about equidistant between Africa, Antarctica, and Australia. (They also include a small strip of Antarctica itself).


The Southern Lands consist of two near-polar archipelagos, Iles Crozet and Iles Kerguelen, and two volcanic islands, Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul. They have no permanent inhabitants and are visited only by researchers studying the native fauna. The "Antarctic Lands" portion consists of Adelie Land, a thin slice of the Antarctic continent discovered and claimed by the French in 1840, and set aside by the Antarctic Treaty.


  • Iles Crozet
  • Iles Kerguelen
  • Ile Amsterdam
  • Ile Saint-Paul

Get In

By plane

There are no airports in these islands.

By boat

There are no harbors in these islands. The Marion Dufresne, an oceanographic ship, travels four times a year from Reunion to these isles.


Economic activity is limited to servicing meteorological and geophysical research stations and French and other fishing fleets. The fish catches landed on Iles Kerguelen by foreign ships are exported to France and Reunion.


There is no public accommodation in these islands.

Stay Safe

Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul are extinct volcanoes.

Stay Healthy

All of these islands have harsh environments, especially in the austral winter. a small hospital exists in Port aux Francaises, Kerguelen.