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Surf’s up! Hard to believe, but that's the reaction from a thankfully small (and ill-informed) group of people when 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 with the Falkland Islands, including fun facts and myths that surround them, 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.
Imagine steaming across thousands of miles of frigid, poorly charted waters, many of them made all the more dangerous by icebergs and sea ice. Imagine finally reaching land and then dealing with one of the driest, windiest and coldest places on earth. One completely void of indigenous peoples, man-made infrastructure or vegetation.
We came out of the cave, we looked over the hill and we saw fire. We crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west.
The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration, and in 1873, a remote and forbidding archipelago that would soon be called Franz Joseph Land was next.
Poseidon Expeditions, like other tour operators that take you on adventure cruises to Antarctica, wants you to be comfortable during your trip. That’s easy aboard the ship where casual clothing is the norm in the lounge, dining room or lecture room. But adventure cruises to Antarctica require a bit of planning because of the extensive time that will be spent outdoors, both ashore and while on deck observing the incredible scenery. Temperatures can vary greatly during the lengthy daylight hours of Antarctic cruises, and the cold can be amplified by windy conditions, fog or precipitation.