Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands

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  • Day28

    Falkland Islands/フォークランド諸島

    January 28 in Falkland Islands ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    After 2 days of traveling, we arrived in the Falkland Islands to strong wind and rain. Unfortunately we couldn't get off the ship, and the tour to see penguins was canceled. 😞 We are on our way to cruise pass Antarctica for several days. I am looking forward to seeing the scenery.
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  • Day223

    Falkland Islands

    December 15, 2017 in Falkland Islands ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    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, 2018 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

    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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  • Day244

    West Point and Carcass Islands- part 1

    March 1 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Our first day ashore started at 6.15am when K and I woke up to the sun rising over West Falklands!
    Too excited to stay in bed we went up to the Observation lounge and then out onto the 7th deck. I immediately spotted a seal. 10 mins later I spotted the blow of a Sei or fin whale. This was all a little disconcerting as I never usually can spot wildlife even if I fall over them!!
    7am it was breakfast time and despite not being too hungry we ate brekkie in preparation for our landing at West Point.
    All of us passengers have been assigned to 4 x loading groups for the zodiacs and today sadly we were in the 4th/ last group to be boarded. The groups are Penguin, Seal, Whale and Albatross- we are Whales!!
    Getting dressed we all heeded the warnings about the fickle weather and the quick changes, strong winds etc. We donned 3 layers on top under our parkas and then tights under our waterproof snow trousers provided.
    Boarding started at 8.15am and after an impatient wait us “whales” finally got boarded at nearly 9am.
    After going through the biosecurity boot wash, it was safety all the way as you are guided with arm holds all the way down the steps and then passed onto the zodiac driver as you step into the boat, made to sit immediately on the pontoon and then made to slide into position. Watching some others board you can see why it’s necessary as a few passengers don’t look like they can put their own boots on without falling over!
    Whilst we were on the short journey to the drop off point we were graced with some beautiful Commerson’s dolphins porpoising around the zodiac.
    The weather was totally glorious with blue sunny skies and hardly any wind and it soon became v clear we had totally overdressed!!
    We disembarked at a jetty surrounded by white sandy beach and tropical blue, clear, sparkling waters.
    Already there was a steady line of yellow parkas making their way up the hill towards the black browed albatross colony.
    Before that there was a wool shed to be viewed ( felt like we were still in NZ) and then we were shown how to carry our parkas using the secret little backpack straps as it really was now v hot - about 17degs!
    We started up the hill, taking photos of the Falkland Island’s flag and enjoying the beautiful green rolling, slightly rocky hillsides.
    After 2kms we could see a cluster of yellow parkas and many many large camera lenses pointing in the same direction.
    Walking down through the waist high tussocks we came across (apart from 3/4 of the ship) albatross chicks sitting on their high, round nests.
    The chicks (>30) were in various stages of moult and are currently still confined to their nests waiting for either parent to return from sea to feed them.
    Being all fluffy they were soo cute, unlike the turkey vultures that were feeding on some chick carcasses that hadn’t survived.
    We were treated to an adult black browed albatross parent feeding its hungry chick who was demanding more food than the parent was able to provide.
    In between the chicks were many Southern Rock Hopper penguins who looked like they had just got out of bed after a rough night out!! Their tufted yellow feathers at either side of their heads stick up as if woken from a deep sleep and several either wouldn’t look at any cameras ( no mean feat) or others would just stare us down!
    Today showed us the etiquette ( or lack of it) from our fellow passengers. It seemed that people with the biggest cameras and lenses seemed to think they had more right to the premium viewing spots over the rest of us. Only when they had finally decided they had enough shots would they move so someone else could take some photos without grass or tussocks shielding the best views of the chicks. The joys of cruise ships!!
    If we waited long enough we could finally get into a spot where we could view the chicks and then penguins and the general goings on.
    Lastly just after 11am we were told it was time to make our way back to the jetty and us last stragglers wouldn’t have time for morning tea the locals of West Point had put on ( no more food!!). This didn’t matter as we were going back for lunch for god sake!!
    By now we really were roasting in our remaining layers even though we had taken off what we could. Also my feet were soo hot in my thick socks and the waterproof boots provided.
    Back down the hill no-one had been loaded into the zodiac so we ended up in the only house at West Point to be greeted with the most enormous spread of home made morning tea- 20-30 cakes and slices of all varying flavours and descriptions.
    People were spread all over the gardens enjoying the sunshine.
    Soon it was time to get everyone into the zodiacs so whilst waiting I took off my boots and socks and had a paddle in the beautiful water.... I could have gone for a dip but there are so many biosecurity rules I had to ask permission to dip my toes!! The water was about 10 degs and was heaven after having to wear the boots all am.
    Back on board ship it was an immediate strip off of the boil in the bag trousers and straight to lunch.
    The next boarding for this afternoons landing was due in an hour.
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  • Day244

    West Point and Carcass Island - Part 2

    March 1 in Falkland Islands ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Whilst at lunch the boat moved about 30 mins around to Carcass point where we were expecting to see Magellanic penguins and Gentoos.
    This time we were boarded 3rd into the zodiacs and most people were slightly more efficient than this am but also slightly less overdressed as it was even hotter.
    Once more we saw dolphins (dusky dolphins) as we were shuttled to the beach- this time a surf landing.... well v small waves onto another white sandy beach.
    We spent the next 3 hours between 2pm-5.30pm first at “dikes beach” and then at “leopards beach” watching and photographing the large groups of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins as they chased each other around, jumped into and out of the water, and generally looked v cute.
    We also passed a v tame Caracara, hawk type bird that sat proudly on top of a tussock right in the middle of our path through the sand dunes.
    The weather was stunning, the sand was blindingly white and the water an azure blue- it was v hard to believe we were in the Falkland Islands in the middle of the Southern Ocean.
    Dikes beach where we were to be zodiaced back from, was littered with lots of slimy, slime filled cucumber type creatures which the 2x marine biologists didn’t even know why they were- interesting.
    K and I were one of the last people to be loaded back to the ship- maximising our on shore time whilst we can.
    Back on board it was time for a shower, the daily recap and briefing before a dinner shared with Josh, a Canadian teacher from Calgary. Josh has been working via Workaway and travelling for nearly a year and has a few more months to go. He was v pleasant although pretty quiet but obviously enjoys teaching and travelling.
    After dinner we both fell asleep knackered from the free wine and the fresh Falkland air!!
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  • Day245

    Stanley, East Falkland Islands

    March 2 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    51 54 50 57 were the coordinates we woke up to at 6.30am as we came through “ the narrows” into the deep, natural harbour at Port Stanley.
    “Town” was along one Main Street at the front and several streets deep situated up the hill, behind the main road. Brightly coloured houses, an open cemetery and a brick church could be seen as we pulled into the anchorage.
    Breakfast was at 7am and zodiac boarding was at 8am. Today we were in the second group but Kate and I ended up literally passenger 1 and 2 as we can actually dress ourselves pretty efficiently.
    Once aboard the zodiac it was a 3 minute ride before we disembarked at the solid jetty..... along with the passengers from 3 other cruise ships!!!
    It was raining now as we procured a map from the tourist info and headed straight to the Dockyard Museum before the hoards hit.
    First into the museum approx 200m from the jetty we managed to get around most of the downstairs exhibits of early life and history of the Falklands before suddenly it was full of yellow, red and blue jacketed tourists.
    The poor old lady behind the counter was in such a flap about the fact she didn’t know there were 1000 tourists due today it was v funny as she had no qualms about loudly voicing her discontent!!
    Upstairs had lots of stuffed animals and stories of ship wrecks in the area or horror stories of boat trips gone wrong. What was also interesting was the extinct “Warrah” - the Falklands wolf. A 13yr old local boy recently found a warrah skeleton thought to be 6000yrs old.
    Back downstairs we watched a short film about the Falklands War from the local children’s points of view- it was all so v sad.
    However what is interesting is that the Falklands Islanders are v British and want to be under British Rule. A recent referendum saw. 92% turnout to vote despite the rural isolation of many of the population and a resounding 97% Yes to remain under British jurisdiction ( they also have local governance).
    Next it was off further along the waterfront to a World War 1 monument. Along the way we passed a large bronze head of Margaret Thatcher situated at the bottom of Thatcher Drive!
    The light drizzle wasn’t pleasant but wasn’t too limiting in our bright yellow quark jacket ( our jackets are definitely the best quality compared to the other ships passenger jackets of which there were 100’s walking around town)
    We passed Government House, The Post Office and gift shops before stopping in the supermarket/ cafe for a coffee.
    The cafe booths were exactly the same colour as our jackets so we could have easily ‘gone missing’!! The cafe was rammed and although things were quite slow the machine coffee was actually v pleasant ( better than the ship’s which is really shit).
    I gave in and paid £5 for 40 mins of WiFi so I could open and respond to my bday messages and was hoping to be able to upload some photos and posts but the signal was too weak and slow.
    It was already 12.30pm and we had yet to get to the cemetery or back to the post office to post the postcard to ourselves!
    Luckily we heard that the World Explorer had been delayed fuelling up and wasn’t due back into port until 1.30pm at the earliest instead of the last zodiac being at this time.
    We walked out of town in the other direction and found the cemetery which was interesting.
    Still having time we decided to go for a beer. The Globe Tavern was full of tourists so we walked up the hill to The Victory Pub which looked v dodgy from the outside... and not much better from the inside!! It was busy with locals and tourists and was only as big as someone’s lounge, complete with sticky carpet, Union Jack flags and a pool table!! 2 x half pints cost £3.40 so was actually reasonably priced but we had no idea what we were actually drinking!!
    Finally the World Explorer anchored back in the bay and after an orderly queue of yellow jackets we were all ferried v efficiently back to the boat.
    Lunch was immediately served at 2.15pm and then we upped anchor and watched on deck as we sailed back out of “the narrows” and into the open ocean south east towards South Georgia.
    At about 5pm we were treated to a fin whale and a pod of v active spinner dolphins just sighted from our verandah- v special bday present.
    To be honest I really didn’t feel like any dinner at 7.30pm but we went down to the dining room and ended up with the biggest steak dinner followed by a bday cake and a bad rendition of Happy Birthday by the waiters- I was so embarrassed I went as red as a cherry!
    We slipped out of the dining room early and just spent the evening in the cabin having an early night after the fresh air this am.
    See you Falklands- next stop South Georgia.
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  • Day8

    Tiere auf den Falklandinseln

    November 21, 2019 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Man fahrt sicherlich nicht nur wegen der bewegten Geschichte auf die Falklandinseln. Die Tierwelt ist einzigartig, auch wenn viele nicht einheimische Arten die Inseln prägen. Z.B. ist der gelb Ginster nett anzusehen, auf die Inseln gehört er nicht.
    Die Pinguine sind sehr nett an den Südseeartigen Ständen anzusehen. Neben Gänse, Enten, diversen Seevögeln haben wir auch Defline und Robben gesehen.
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  • Day8


    November 21, 2019 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Heute Morgen haben wir nach zwei Tagen auf hoher See wieder Land gesichtet: Die Falklandinseln.
    Die sind einerseits viel größer als ich gedacht habe, auch die Lage ist eigentlich nicht wirklich am Ende der Welt: Breitengrad wie Hamburg.
    Es ist ist nach dem Sturm wieder ruhiger geworden. Wobei wir es auch nicht mehr als auf 3m Wellen geschafft haben.
    Stanley liegt in einem Naturhafen und wir mussten mit unserem Schiff durch eine Enge fahren. Das wäre sicherlich bei 13m Wellen, die es hier gestern noch hatte, wohl schwierig gewesen.
    Diesmal sind wir mit so einem Tender-Boot an Land gefahren. Städtchen und Insel ansehen.
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  • Day245

    Thanks for the birthday messages

    March 2 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    Thanks for the bday messages - had a great day in Port Stanley and a v nice cake from the ship.

  • Day13

    Volunteer Point, Îles Malouines

    March 18, 2017 in Falkland Islands ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    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".


    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.

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