most beautiful place i've ever lived - including switzerland where i grew up
not easy and certanly not cheap to get to - which is probably why it's till so beautifully wild...
where nature is still in charge - i sincerely hope it stays that way!!!
One of our cruise's excursions went to the Gentoo Penguin colony. This is not to be missed if you have the opportunity to see it. It is not easy to reach the colony: we cruised, tendered to a dock, rode the bus to a rendevous with Land Rovers, transferred and bumped across the treeless land on a track to the colony. It was worth every effort and...more
We were on a cruise to the Antarctic and decided to join an excursion to the Gentoo penguin colony. Once finished with that wonderful experience, we decided to walk about the town and take in the architectural sights. This is a town that endures real weather: cool temperatures, high winds, lots of rain. The buildings are functional, but colorful as...more
Unless you came here on a Military plane (available to civilians from the UK) you are going to land on the Public Jetty in Stanley and almost walk straight up to the Falklands Visitor Information Centre and Falklands Tourist Board (upstairs). Although they have published hours, if you arrive on a Cruise Ship, expect them to be open. The Falklands,...more
Christ Church Cathedral on Ross Road, in Stanley, Falkland Islands, is the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, consecrated in 1892. It is known for its whalebone arch, made from the jaws of two blue whales, which was raised in 1933.An image of the church is featured on the reverse side of all Falkland Islands pound banknotes.The Parish of...more
Gypsy Cove is one of the prime spots to see Magellan penguins in their natural habitat. Located only a few miles away from the town of Stanley, it's surrounded by heath and the sea. There are enclosed walkways for you to browse around and see the penguins as well as enjoy the surrounding landscape. There are even little observation areas for you to...more
In the bay and the hills surrounding Gipsy Cove one will find a large colony of Magellan Penguins. During my visit most of them had young once that were hiding in the nests protected by one of the family members – others were simply in groups on the beach. A beautiful natural site!!more
Some 7 kilometres to the East of Stanley one finds a stunning bay with white covered sand. The way there alone is a treat to see the country side outside the capital town, the rugged tree less landscape that is teaming with bird life. I took a mountain bike to get there – and it was worse while every minute!!more
This is probably the place to meet the locals.
Most tourists who came here wouldn't even be staying for the night. So, chances are you won't see other travelers here. But I bet the locals will be here. I hardly see any entertainment outlets on the island!
Have you ever heard of "Fighting Pigs"?
Well, it's Falkland's most famous band.
The Trough is the home of "Fighting Pigs" which incidentally is also the most popular late night live music entertainment on Falklands.
We prebooked our tours from the cruiseship. So, I'm not sure how much the company will charge on individual basis. I paid US$35.Although I signed up for the Gypsy Cove tour (by mistake, blame it on the purser), the 4W drive Lagoon Bluff tour would have been more interesting where you experience close encounter with the King Penguins. So, just make...more
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The place on the entire Falkland Islands where you guy purchase genuine wool products and accessories. The Falklands is such a windy and cold place that if you plan on staying here a while it wouldn't hurt to check out some of the wares in this tranquil little shop. All the stuff is original Falkland sheep wool made only the most traditional...more
These penguins are nice. If you are not traveling elsewhere after your trip to the Antarctica, I suggest you get these if you truly want a penguin!I've seen lots of people buying stuff toys, esp. those of penguins on the ship. They are cute but I don't hug any stuff toys in bed... I never did, not even as a child. So, don't get me one but I know...more
When we were in Antarctica at Port Lockroy, we were told at the post office there (which belongs to the British) that our mails will be directed to UK before it's being sent to the rest of the world. So, I simply wonder if that's what happened here as well. Imagine mails having to be forwarded to the North end of the world before going to...more
Of course, everyone who comes to Stanley or the Falklands in general knows about the landmines still existing in various areas. Left over remnants from the Falklands War in the 80's left lots of landmines still buried without ever going off. But fear not, areas containing mines are usually fenced off with signs warning you like the one in the...more
don't go overboard on winter gear, it's not that cold. what you need is a good weather-proof outer layer (top and bottom) to keep the wind out and a fleece or woolly jumper to go underneath (in case it is cold). most days you'll need a few layers to adapt to the changing teperature. don't forget your hat, the wind will be chilly on your ears.
in summer you can expect up to 30 degrees on a still day - but don't bank on it :)
unless you can't live without - or you want to go on the pull ;) - leave your high heels at home, they wont be very useful. what you'll need is a comfy pair of shoes which can cope with all kinds of weather and walking boots if you want to go and explore 'camp' (the countryside).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you can get all the essentials at the local supermarkets - but not necessarily the brand you're used to...
Photo Equipment: loads of memory for those big skies, the sunsets and the wildlife, of course!
if you have an SLR - and it is worth bringing one - i recomend a UV filter (mainly for lens protection).
GYPSY COVE is one of the 2 Coves offered to "cruisers" for penguins watching. I only saw Megallenic penguins here & the distance is not too close either. If you are offered a choice & want to view the King penguins, I suggest you take the other tour which is more expensive but more worthwhile. You'll have a very close encounter with the "Kings" on...more
Yorke Bay is popular due to its close proximity to Stanley & offers great opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Penguins & night herons are spotted frequently along the coast.The sea looks pristine though I'm not sure if swimming is allowed here. Perhaps its not even warm enough!more
Only just over 2500 inhabitants life on the island - and they have their own currency - The Falkland Pound- notes and coins are issued for the islands. Though the normal Pound Sterling is accepted everywhere. Be aware if you take the Falkland Pound out of the country, since you may not be able to exchange it back, even in England!more
Anyone know what are these?I love flowers, esp. photographing them. They are colorful & uniquely shaped & full of life. & I like them only in gardens or in the wild, not on my table or inside the homes. But in terms of naming them, I'm hopeless!There are hardly any trees in the Falklands. I found these only around the homes of the locals.more
I was here in the midst of summer (Jan!) & yet it doesn't feel like most people's definition of summer. It's also very windy in the Falklands. Generally, it's warm with the sun but cold in the shade.The climate here is temperate & since Falklands are close to the South Pole as UK is close to the North Pole, it's cooler in the summer but warmer in...more