Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands

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  • Day223

    Falkland Islands

    December 15, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    Even though we’re traveling on a luxurious ship with all the comforts you can imagine (champagne, sir?), this first stop on our trip helped us to quickly remember we’re in a very remote part of the world that few people will ever have the opportunity to see. The crazy part is that we still have a very long way to go to get somewhat close to where the early (and current) explorers and researchers traveled to document and preserve this incredible part of the world.
    Once we were cleared to get off the ship (very strict bio-security measures), we jumped into Land Rovers driven by locals over dense, spongy peat fields to visit a rock-hopper penguin colony. After hanging out with the penguins for an hour or so, we headed back to the capital, Port Stanley. We walked the main street and visited the very impressive museum that included a great exhibit presenting a local viewpoint of the short occupation and brutal war with Argentina in ’82. Before returning to the ship to begin 2 days of sailing to South Georgia we stopped in one of the pubs to enjoy a local pint.
    This is an amazing, unique, wind-swept group of islands, with a population of just 3,000 people. A beautiful and remote place.
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  • Day29

    Falkland Islands

    February 1 in Falkland Islands

    After passing through the Strait of Magellan we sailed northeast to the Falkland Islands, just missing a storm with 8-12 meter seas. The winds in this part of the world are impressive and this storm exacerbated that tendancy resulting in winds over 110 mph. Locals told us about a couple who was camping during the storm and sought refuge in a shipping container. The strong winds blew the shipping container down a hillside, severely injuring the couple inside. They were evacuated to Santiago, Chile and survived.



    The nearly 800 islands of the archipelago (almost 5000 square miles) have a population of only 3000 people and over a half million sheep. The local economy also relies on fisheries and tourism. The windblown, rolling, semiarid, treeless landscape has a peculiar beauty as you can see on the photo. We toured Stanley, the capital, which has a rustic British feel and the Stanley museum was particularly interesting, with the Falklcands War of 1982 figuring prominently in local history.
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  • Day13

    Volunteer Point, Îles Malouines

    March 18, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    Hier nous avons pris un quatre quatre pour voir des pingouins. Au début c'était tranquille sur la route puis on l'a quittée pour traverser la campagne. Ça bougeait tellement qu'à la fin on avait mal partout.

    Quand les pingouins vont dans l'eau, ils se dandinent jusqu'aux  vagues puis se jettent dedans. Les plus jeunes qui ont encore leur duvet de bébé, partent en courant car ils trouvent l'eau trop froide et ne sont pas encore "waterproof".

    Olivier

    Nous sommes allés voir des pingouins. Il y en a environ 15 000 répertoriés à Volunteer Point et trois sortes différentes.
    Le premier type est le pingouin King (mon préféré)
    . On le reconnaît car il a une tache orange derrière les "oreilles" et sur le cou. Il peut faire 2 bébés tous les 3 ans. Quant l'œuf arrive, les parents le couvent pendant 55 jours en se relayant, un peu la mère, un peu le père. Pendant que l'un couve, l'autre va chercher à manger. Tous les bébés et leurs parents sont réunis dans le même endroit. Cet endroit s'appelle la nurserie. Quand l'œuf éclot, les parents continuent à nourrir le bébé pendant 10 mois car il est encore trop jeune pour aller dans l'océan.
    Le deuxième type est le pingouin Magellan. Les pingouins Magellans ont un anneau blanc autour de la tête. Le troisième type est le pingouin gentoo. Il a un bec orange et des pattes jaunes.
    Un pingouin vit environ 20 ans.

    Amélie
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  • Day13

    Îles Malouines/Falklands/Malvinas

    March 18, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    Une île "so british" au large de l'Amérique du Sud ! La tension avec l'Argentine voisine est palpable (pour ceux qui l'ont oubliée, il y a eu une guerre ici en 1982 entre l'Angleterre et l'Argentine, cette dernière revendiquant l'île depuis son indépendance de l'Espagne, au 19ème siècle).
    La première colonie a été française. Les îles furent nommées Malouines en l'honneur des habitants de Saint-Malo !Read more

  • Day105

    Day 105: Malvinas / Falklands

    November 2, 2016 in Falkland Islands

    The fourth day of the cruise and we could go on shore today at 9:00 so breakfast was early and al lot of people ready to go at 8:30 inclusing me. I was in the second zodiac (10 passengers per Zodiac so there would be 12 at least) and therefore one of the first on land yeah. First foot on this Falkland Island named Carcass Island felt like being one of the first explorers and when they called out for the "longwalkers" I was there also as one off the first. We had to walk up the hill and parallel allong the coast and we saw a lot of birds and parents with little geese. Everybody was very excited and even more when the Penguins appeared.
    Ok this is the point this app has fullfilled it's name. I found penguins here and now and it is the first time I saw a colony in the wild and even better: I was among a colony in the wild, because penguins are like honeybatchers they don't care (youtube honeybatcher ;-) ). But serious they don't know predators so they are not afraid and more likely to come to you being curious than to run away from you. As long as you just be part of their environment and walk very slow or sit still they can even walk up to you and cuddle. When this happens I will tell haha, so far they just came close or walked around me. So we landed near the settlement and walked to the far end of the beach and than crossed the Island on the smallest part to see the other beach. Penguins everywhere, 2 species actually, the Gentoo and the Magellanic Penguins. The last I have seen on the Ballestas Island also and is the one Penguin that travels also occasionally to the northern hemisphere. I thought I have seen this Penguin in New Zealand but can't find the picture, we saw the Rockhopper for certain in Milford sound.
    Than I was one of the few that walked back also, half of the longwalkers went back by boat, but finally on land I decided to grab the opportunity of a bit more excersize on land.
    When we arrived back at the settlement we had to go almost instantly because the wind had increased and the captain wanted to go. On the boat we had lunch and after we had a really exciting time because they were deciding if we could go to land or not. It al depended on the wind and waves in the bay. Finally they decided we could try, and of course we ( Rob and me) were the first in line to get off before they changed their minds 😆😉. I am so glad we could get off, especially when we arrived on the beach of Saunders Island between the Penguins. We walked across the island past thousands of Gentoo Penguins to the beach on the other side of the island where King Penguins stood and went up the mountain and came across thousands off Rockhopper penguins to go to the Black-browed Albatrosses on the cliffs. I really loved the Rockhoppers since they look so funny and act even more funny. Set up my go pro in a little stream where they walked and they got a good look at my camera and jumped around like they constantly do. Within this colony of Rockhoppers 2 Penguins tried to hide beneath their mega yellow brows, and so we saw the Macaroni species that's the 5th species already wow. Mega fun, walked back to take all the time needed with the King penguins and the expedition crew really needed to drag us back on board haha. Way to much fun on this Island to leave, and especially with the perfect weather and light. A wonderfull day and after re-cap and diner we enjoyed even more with scrolling through the photo's. I was glad with being active today but also did my second workout on board to stay in shape, showered after this and went to sleep and dream about Penguins 😆
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  • Day106

    Day 106: Port Stanley

    November 3, 2016 in Falkland Islands

    Last day at the Falklands, we traveled a lot by night and docked the ship on the far east corner at Port Stanley inside their circled bay. We got to land by zodiacs again and when I was looking around in their city souvenir shop Rob plucked me out to join his Taxi. A great plan because I didn't come here for shops and cities. We went to Gypse Cove a hill on the other side of the bay. We decided to take a one way ride with the little tour woman. Did the site seeing what meant that we looked around for wildlife and the history artifacts over there. A sort of flag canon, beaches with mines and some shipwrecks. Not a hospitable place for outsiders, this is because Argentina and England still disagree about who is the rightfull owner of the Falkland islands. We walked around and back to the Harbor in 3 hours and saw many wildlife and took beautifull shots. The good weather made it even better and we arrived just in time for one of the last Zodiacs to the Ortellius. We did 18km and almost half was with the cab so we had good exercise also. We had lunch and actually I ate double pasta 😉. I went sorting my photo's and fell a sleep, woke up 2 hours later for a Lecture about a company that is supported by oceanwide and connects groups together to support the preservation of wildlife all over the globe. After this we had re-cap and diner and I stayed in the bar afterwards to go on with the photo's without falling a sleep. I managed untill the bar closed and even longer untill 00:30. Finally normal bedtimes again😉.Read more

  • Day104

    Day 104: We see land, can we claim it?

    November 1, 2016 in Falkland Islands

    The third day at sea and we had to enjoy ourselves untill the afternoon because from that moment on we would get to see the Malvinas Islands.
    We had a zodiac breefing which everybody needed to attend in order to get off and on the ship by zodiacs safely. Not a big deal for me, since I have enough zodiac experience but to get 120 people off the ship needs some organisation also. The plan to go off the ship today was maybe an extra if we would arrive early and with easy weather conditions. Both were not really the case so we did a small tour around the island from the boat. This part is called Steeple Jason and is located on the far west side of the Islands. We got really close and saw seals, birds, dolphins and some swimming penguins also. The Dolphins were pretty awesome, they were under the boat while we were still at open sea. Actually the whole day some animals were around in the ocean, it is really a sea with lots of life. The first land was in sight at 17:00 and we were to late to claim it haha 😉. The sunset was really nice and around 19:00 so we had more time getting to know the people after this 😉.
    Just as with breakfast, lunch and diner 😂 everytime meeting new people that's also fun and so far I am the only one on a world trip haha.
    In the evening Rob en me go through our pictures to filter as much as we can so the pile doesn't get to big. Most of the time we fall a sleep doing this haha. 😴
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  • Day24

    Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

    November 16, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    We expected a desolate, windswept island and instead found a strangely attractive island with a variety of flora and fauna. We saw many species of ducks, geese and birds and tall grasses, gorse, hedges and even the odd palm tree. It is early spring here so a few brave flowers were in bloom. And we saw a couple of families of geese with a clutch of goslings.

    But the main draw is the penguins. We had 2 choices: a very bumpy (and expensive) ship excursion to see a large penguin colony on the other side of the island from where we docked or a $20 USD shuttle to Gypsy Cove. The Hadleys and the Delaneys opted for the shuttle to Gypsy Cove. It is a lovely bay where some of the Magellan penguins come to nest. We were lucky to see a few penguins as well as some lovely sea birds, some impressive raptors and a couple of gun emplacements left over from the war between Argentina and Great Britain.

    We elected to walk part of the way back and happened upon the Lighthouse Mariners Mission run by a lovely woman and her husband (who we did not get to meet). Not actually open to the public, we were invited to have a cup of coffee and warm up before we continued our walk back to town. Despite the inference of the word “mission” this appears to be a not-for-profit, non-affiliated refuge for merchant sailors on the boats that dock in Port Stanley. They see many sailors from East Asia who work, primarily, on the fishing boats. The Falklands have a robust squid population which attracts boats from the Far East. The mission provides a safe, alcohol free social club with some services such as WIFI, clothes, coffee and games such as chess, football and pool. For injured or sick sailors, accommodation is offered in which to recover, paid for by insurance.

    Today was windy, overcast and about 45 F. Much as I enjoyed the day, I cannot imagine living here year round, with my 2700 neighbors and not much else. A great example of “Great place to visit....”. You know the rest. However, if you need a job, we're told there are more positions available than there are people!

    Tomorrow we were to go to Ushuaia but just learned that port is to dangerous to visit (huge waves) so we're headed for Punta Arenas.
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  • Day14

    Day 15

    December 3, 2015 in Falkland Islands

    Arrived at the Falkland Islands this morning.

    Did 2 landings, one at New Island and one at Grave Cove.

    At New Island we saw a rookery of Rockhopper penguins, Albatros and Cormorants, all mixed in together. The penguins were roosting and we were told the eggs were about a week off hatching.

    At Graves Cove there were masses of Gentoo penguins roosting and their eggs were hatching. Mike and Nat actually saw one penguin hatch. We saw quite a number of chicks that were only an hour or so old.

    We also saw the penguins returning to the beach and exiting the water. Very funny. Also some dolphins playing in the water near the penguins.

    Was a good intro to landings. Weather at New Island was very warm with several people removing their jackets. It was much colder at Graves Cove in the afternoon with a cool wind blowing.

    Had a Gala Dinner tonight followed by a musical and then music to dance to. Managed to get a jive, foxtrot, waltz, cha, rumba and a tango (not to mention several line dances!).
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  • Day4

    Heading South

    January 21, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    The day the trip really begins. I boarded the flight to Stanley wondering what lay ahead of us. There's only one flight a week so you can't afford to miss it or you miss the boat, literally, not a good look.

    What we found was a little piece of England with English shops, houses and people. The Falklands is a windswept island, it was raining, it was cold and the scenery seemed dark and brooding to those of us from sunnier shores.

    Nothing prepared me for the size of the Polar Pioneer - it was much smaller than I expected and I was about to sail off into the open sea - bloody hell, what had I done?

    We set off in the early evening for 2 days of open sea to get us to South Georgia. A time to get to know my fellow travellers, read a little and learn more about where we were going from our on-board experts.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Falklandinseln, Falkland Islands, Falklandeilande, Fɔlkman Aeland, የፎልክላንድ ደሴቶች, جزر فوكلاند, Folkland Adaları, Фолклэндскія астравы, Фолклендски острови, Maluwini Gun, ফকল্যান্ড দ্বীপপুঞ্জ, ཕལྐ་ལནྜ་གླིང་ཕྲན།, Inizi Falkland, Folklandska Ostrva, Illes Malvines, Falklandské ostrovy, Ynysoedd y Falkland, Falklandsøerne, Falkland ƒudomekpowo nutome, Νήσοι Φώκλαντ, Islas Malvinas, Falklandi saared, Malvinak, جزایر فالکلند, Duuɗe Falkland, Falklandinsaaret, Falklandsoyggjarnar, Îles Malouines, Oileáin Fháclainne, Illas Malvinas, ફૉકલૅંડ આઇલૅંડ્સ, Tsibiran Falkilan, איי פוקלנד, फ़ॉकलैंड द्वीप, Falklandi, Falkland-szigetek, Kepulauan Malvinas, Falklandseyjar, Isole Falkland, フォークランド諸島, ფალკლენდის კუნძულები, Visiwa vya Falkland, Falklandi qeqertaq, ಫ್ಹಾಕ್‌ಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ದ್ವೀಪಗಳು, 포클랜드 제도, Bizinga by'eFalikalandi, Bisanga bya Maluni, Falklando salos, Lutanda lua Maluni, Folklenda salas, Nosy Falkand, Фолкландски Острови, ഫാക്ക്‌ലാന്റ് ഐലന്റ്, फॉकलंड बेटे, ဖောက်ကလန် ကျွန်းစု, Falklandsøyene, फकल्याण्ड टापु, Falklandeilanden, Falklandsøyane, ଫଲ୍କଲ୍ୟାଣ୍ଡ ଦ୍ବୀପପୁଞ୍ଜ, Falklandy, Ilhas Malvinas, Inslas dal Falkland, Izinga rya Filikilandi, Insulele Falkland, Фолклендские о-ва, Falklandsullot, Âzûâ tî Mälüîni, ෆෝක්ලන්ත දූපත්, Falklandski otoki, Zvitsuwa zveFalklands, Jaziiradaha Fooklaan, Фокландска острва, Falklandsöarna, ஃபாக்லாந்து தீவுகள், ఫాక్ లేండ్ దీవులు, หมู่เกาะฟอล์กแลนด์, ʻOtumotu Fokuleni, Falkland Adaları, Фолклендські острови, فاکلینڈ آئلینڈز, Quần Đảo Falkland, Orílẹ́ède Etikun Fakalandi, 福克兰群岛, i-Falkland Islands

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