Falkland Islands: Essential Information for Tourists


What to know before going to the Falklands

The Falkland Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom consisting of more than 700 sparsely populated islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. Many people will recall the archipelago, located 500 km off the coast of Patagonia, was a war zone during the 1982 Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom. A day in the capital, Stanley, will certainly satisfy history buffs interested in this tragic conflict, and much else besides. But a visitor to the Falklands should not forget these remote, windswept islands are also one of the world’s premier wildlife-viewing destinations, featuring huge populations of seals, penguins and albatross. Here are some things to consider when planning your Falkland Islands vacation.

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Kings of the Southern Ocean: 9 Delightful Facts About the King Penguin


Generous, athletic, caring, and gregarious — with all their charms, it's no wonder King Penguins often serve as the quintessential image of the black and white bird.

These dapper, distinguished birds are much more than feature film fodder, though and boast some pretty impressive features.

In no particular order, here are our nine favorite facts about the King Penguin:

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A Front line View of the Falklands and South Georgia


St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia © Charles and Mary Love October 21 – November 7, 2017

“The stark polar lands grip the hearts of men who have lived on them in a manner hardly understood by people who’ve never got beyond the pale of civilization.”

—Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton

After two days at sea from Puerto Madryn, Argentina, we make a morning landing to observe birds near a small settlement on Carcass Island in the Falklands. The number of species in the Falklands (over 200) is impressive. These islands, we’re told, have more striated caracaras, slender-beaked prions and pale-mantled sooty albatrosses than anywhere else in the world.

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The Falkland Islands - Myth vs Reality



Surf’s up! Hard to believe, but that's the reaction from a thankfully small (and ill-informed) group of people when the the Falkland Islands are mentioned – "some tropical island" in the South Atlantic. But this beautiful group of islands isn't about beach culture, unless you're referring to penguins. There's plenty else to talk about, and we could go back to 1690 when English Captain John Strong made the first recorded visit… but that’s an article for another time.

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