Falkland Islands Things to Do

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Falkland Islands Things to Do

  • THE JETTY VISITOR CENTRE

    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,...

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  • Whale Bones

    Yes! Everyone who has been to the Falklands will know about the bones which form an arch outside the Anglican church.However, go inside the church to see an unusual stained-glass window: it's of a District Nurse who served the community in the first half of the 20th Century ---must have been quite a person to be remembered in this way!There's a...

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  • Penguins

    The Falkland Islands are the home to many different varieties of penguin. I was looking forward to taking a trip to Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery where I was promised sightings of Gentoo, Magellenic, and King Penguins. Unfortunately the cruise company informed me that all the Bluff Cove trips were boooked out - as were all the other penguin related...

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  • Falkland Islands Museum

    One of the lovely things about the Falkland Islands is that most of the town-related sights are situated within walking distance of each other.The Museum is situated on Holdfast Road (most of the streets here have really interesting names with little bits of history attached to them) and for a nominal fee you can spend hours wandering around in...

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  • The Falklands War

    Most of us know the Falkland Islands from the Argentine invasion in 1982 and the occupation until British expedition troops defeated the Argentinians. If one looks on an Argentine map, the islands are part of their country, even though little of Argentine culture is found here. Monuments mark the invasion and the liberation of the islanders in many...

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  • Flowers

    Rugged terrain, high winds, cold temperatures, the Falklands are on the edge of Antarctica, summers are short, wet and cold, even more surprising to see flowers bloom in the fields on the islands.

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  • Cormorants

    Usually found in groups of thousands of birds are cormorants. Seeing this group of thousands of birds from the distance I thought, wow another group of penguins, but coming closer there were thousands of cormorants nesting, flying in and out feeding the chicks.

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  • The Kindergarten of the Falklands

    All the birds were nesting or looking after they young ones when I was on the island. It was a continuous stream of birds and penguins returning from the sea with "supplies" for the young. The penguins regurgitate the food they have collected and feed the shouting chicks. An amazing sighting that one can see in every corner of the Falklands.

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  • Rockhopper Penguins

    One of the main attractions of the island are Rockhopper Penguins that have their nests on the rocky drops of the islands. The community of those penguins consists of a few thousand breeding pairs.Imagine you are about 50cm tall and you would have to climb a rocky and slippery drop of about 200 meters. Well that is what these penguins have to do...

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  • Night Heron

    The Falklands have some 185 different species of birds - the shy Night Heron was one of the sightings that I made whilst I was on the island. Normally slightly higher up on a look out to spot and catch fish.

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  • Skua

    Skuas are plenty full all over the islands. Upon my visit there were plenty of nesting Skuas and their chicks around, hidden in the shrubs one can only see them in the very last moment. If one got to close the Skua would attack and fly right over once head.

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  • Seals

    The Falklands are a haven for nature. The ocean is busy with swimming seals, that are on the hunt for food. Though most of the seals respect the distance to humans, and the unfamiliar sighting of boats near by. Yet it is fun to watch them playing in the surf or waves, and curiously watching the human invaders into their territory.

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  • Bleaker Island

    Bleaker Island is a 30 minute flight south west of Stanley and is open year round. It is an isolated place that is home to only two inhabitants the Rendell family, which farm on the island with cattle and sheep. Their residence is in the middle of a teaming paradise for sealions, penguins and hundred of species of birds. The island is off the...

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  • Gipsy Cove Penguins

    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!!

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  • Gipsy Cove

    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!!

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  • Stanley - The Capital City

    Small and picturesque, that is the safest capital on earth, Stanley on the Falkland Island. Beautiful Victorian buildings with Falkland influence, churches and a great museum are to be found in Stanley. The town can be explored on foot and the information staff at the tourist info right next to the public jetty is more then helpful to ensure one...

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  • Magellan penguins, Gypsy Cove

    Unknown to most people, the Falklans are a great place to watch marine wildlife.To Europeans, the most interesting are the numerous colonies of penguins. Only five kms away from Stanley, you can watch Magellan penguins, and as their natural enemies are in the water rather than on land, you can get within close range of theese funny creatures.Take...

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  • Volounteer Beach, king peng's, Mag's....

    One of the few chances of doing some "touristy stuff" on the Falklands is to visit Volounteer Beach, some 4-5 hours of driving away north of Stanley.Three types of penguins are found here: king penguins, gentoos and Magellan penguins.Of these, the kings are the most majestic and, by far, the dullest! Unlike the rockhoppers and the gentoos, they...

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  • Go wildlife watching!

    The Falklands have a wealth of wildlife most of which cannot be seen in the Northern hemsisphere.

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  • Get out and about

    Get out and about, explore the countryside the wide open spaces, enjoy the freedom and fresh air. This especially applies to those people who are posted to MPA, there is no excuse to spend your tour in a drunken haze when you have scenery such as this, Pleasant Peak within walking distance of the airfield just waiting to be explored.

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  • Lighthouse Walk

    At approx 11km East of Stanley Cape Pembroke is the Easternmost point of the Falkland Islands and as such is worth visiting for that fact alone. When the weather is fine it makes for a pleasant walk starting from Stanley airport (you may want to get a taxi there and back). Conditions underfoot can get a bit damp however so make sure you have some...

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  • King Penguins

    No visit to the Falklands is complete without seeing a Penguin and the most colourful of all the species has to be the king Penguin. The Falklands are the Northernmost breeding grounds of the King Penguin, the King colonies in the Falklands are very small however compared to those in South Georgia. Virtually extinct in the Falklands by the end of...

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  • Jhelum

    At the opposite end of Stanley from the Lady Elizabeth lies another older wreck. The Jhelum was a 3 mast barque built in Liverpool in 1849. She was damaged rounding Cape horn in 1870 and upon reaching the Falklands she was scuttled.Despite being the oldest wreck in Stanley she remains possibly the best preserved.

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  • Lady Elizabeth

    At the Eastern end of Stanley Harbour lies the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth. The Falkland Islands has very many shipwrecks dotted around the coastline but the Lady Elizabeth must be the most photographed one. This Iron ship was built in Sunderland, England in 1879, she came to grief of Cape Horn in 1913 in severe gales losing cargo and men...

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  • Murrell Peninsula rockhopper penguins

    Among the five species of penguin at the Falklands, the rockhoppers are probably the funniest. Watching the colony on the north side of the Murrell Peninsula is a bit like watching a Fellini movie from the 70'ies. Lots of action, lots of temper and even territorial hostilities are perfomed in a very humerous way - at least through the eyes of the...

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  • Long awaited

    Yes, we found the penguins finally!BUT, most of them are just too far out of range! It's not very fun having to observe them through one's zoom lens!We did find a scanty few around the walking path though. But that's hardly satisfying, is it?Anyhow, luckily for us, we were surrounded by penguins everywhere on our Antarctica journey!

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  • Gypsy Cove

    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...

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  • In search of wildlife...

    We didn't find many here.A better alternative would be Weddell Island & Bleaker Island.At Weddell Island there are sealions, penguins & dolphins.At Bleaker Island (which is 30 min by flight from Stanley) there are large colonies of gentoo, rockhopper & magellanic penguins. Other bird species are also commonly found here.So, if you've more time,...

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  • Yorke Harbour

    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!

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  • Lady Elizabeth

    Built in 1879, the Lady Elizabeth can be seen on the eastern end of Stanley Harbor. We passed by it on the way to Gypsy Cove. It serves as a landmark for Stanley & was used in the past to ship building materials for Chirst Church Cathedral.

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  • Stanley Harbour

    This is where most passengers would alight from the tenders.Ships & cruise liners anchor in Falkland Sound & passengers are transferred by tenders. The journey takes about 20 mins or so.

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  • Jetty Visitors Center

    The Visitor's Center has information regarding free walking, shopping guides & accomodation in Stanley & out of town. Most of the sites in Stanley are within walking distances. Other displays on wool production, crafts & conservation are also found here.If you are interested in conservation products, this is the place to get them.

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  • Whale Bone Arch

    Whale Bone Arch was constructed in 1933 to commemorate the centenary of continuous British Admin. in the Falklands.The Arch is just next to the Cathedral.

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  • Stanley, Islands Capital?

    STANLEY is the Falkland Islands' capital. It has a population of 1989 of the Islands' total of 2913. Stanley also has an airport which was opened by HRH Prince Andrew in 1985. The airport is about 35 miles from Stanley. It's the operational base for 1500 British military personnel.Stanley has almost anything you can find in a British city except...

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  • Wildlife?

    The Falklands are well known for its abundance of wildlife... here, it's the home to vast colonies of seabirds (most famous of which is the world's largest black-browed albatross), penguins, dolphins & seals.Cobb's wren, Peale's dolphins & Johnny Rook are some examples.

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  • Big Boned !!

    The Whalebone Arch outside Stanley Cathedral is great,its a wonderful Cathedal but unfortunately I can't find anymore photos,maybe there are some more pictures out there.

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  • The Anglican Cathedral in the...

    The Anglican Cathedral in the center of Stanley. This is the oldest cathedral, over 100 years old, and supposedly the southernmost cathedral in the world. The Whalebone Arch was a gift from the South Georgia Islands in honor of 150 years of British rule in the Falklands.

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  • Another site to see is the...

    Another site to see is the cathedral. (Yes, Stanley does have one). It is an engineering feat when you take into consideration what materials are available on the island.Make note of the tin roof and the whale bone arch at the front. A sign of what used to be.

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  • Whatever you do, get around...

    Whatever you do, get around the islands as much as you can. Now that the airport is open it is tempting just to stay near the area and just visit Stanley.I suggest you be more adventurous and arrange to travel further afield. There is much more to see than just the west island.The Islands group has a diversity of landscapes, a wide variety of...

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  • Go to the Lighthouse at the...

    Go to the Lighthouse at the eastern end of Stanley sound. Its a wild place.Go walking in the hills around Stanley - especially if you know the history of the place.Brings a bit of UK history to life.

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  • On the city tour (which goes...

    On the city tour (which goes outside the city too) we stopped at the Falkland Islands War Memorial, it was nicely done.

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  • When you get off the boat(if...

    When you get off the boat(if thats how you get here) there are several tour booth set up. Make sure to take the tour of the Island for only $15 us and if you have time when you get back go see the penguines for only $5 it's worth it.

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  • The tour bus also stops at a...

    The tour bus also stops at a sign post with the most distances and destinations of any I have ever seen.

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  • This was the only thing open...

    This was the only thing open that day, a little store where souvenirs and other goods are sold. There were several small shops but they were closed as we had arrived in the early am.

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  • One of the more frequently...

    One of the more frequently photographed attractions and one of the larger structures in the Falklands, Christ Church.

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