The Falkland Islands are Islands off the coast of Argentina in the Atlantic Ocean and are part of the UK. The Falkland Islands offer the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Port Stanley
- British iconic red phone boxes and letterboxes
- Rockhopper penguins tour
- Gentoo / King Penguins tour
- Majestic Penguins tour
- Falklands Battlefield tours
- Gypsy Cove
Port Stanley offers a few hotels if you decide to stay on the Islands.
Port Stanley is the capital city of the Falkland Islands. You’ll find British pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, cars and the locals speak English with a British accent. I did hope to get a Falkland Islands £1 note but I was told they are not in circulation anymore. If you are lucky enough to come across one, the Queen was a lot younger when they were in circulation!
On a walk along the promenade of Port Stanley you’ll pass a few interesting sites, including a church, cathedral, Falklands museum, Thatcher drive and the Government house.
The Falklands Islands are famous because of the Falklands war during the 80’s, the Argentinian army invaded and occupied the islands for a short time. Argentina still claim the Falkland Islands belong to them but upon visiting the islands the people are British, use British Pounds, eat British food and speak English with British accents.
I have been to Argentina and the people are great and I am sure there are a lot of Argentinians who have enjoyed time in the mainland UK. The governments of each country are the ones with the conflicts not the people.
For those interested in the Falklands conflict there is a tour to the Falklands battlefields which leaves from Port Stanley and involves off road driving.
You can take a tour to Cape Bougainville where you’ll potentially see up to 300 Rockhopper penguins. The reason I chose to take the Rockhopper penguins tour is because I am a fan of the movie Happy Feet and especially the Robin Williams character Lovelace, which is a Rockhopper penguin.
To get to Cape Bougainville involves off road driving and once you get there it’s exposed to the elements which are pretty unpredictable on the Falklands. I would recommend taking warm clothes and a raincoat so you can enjoy the penguins without worrying about the weather. You can get very close to the penguins, within 5-10 meters, closer if they approach you.
If I was to take another penguin tour in the Falklands I would have chosen the King penguins tour which takes you to Volunteer Point. I would have taken this tour because when I was growing up I used to eat chocolate bars, called the penguin bar, which featured the King penguins on the wrapper.
From the Port Stanley cruise port, Falkland Islands I returned to the Celebrity Infinity and sailed onwards towards Puerto Madryn which took around 36 hours in rough seas. What do you do for 36 hours on a cruise ship you may ask? The answer is eat, eat and eat!