Linda Harris, our Product Manager for North America, South America, Australasia and Balkans has just recently visited the Falkland Islands. Read her highlights here:
I was recently lucky enough to visit the Falkland Islands. I did not know much about them before I went - obviously I had heard all about the conflict with Argentina in 1982 but I was only a baby when this happened. I also knew it was a stop off on the Antarctic cruise ships so was an important wildlife centre but I am afraid to say I did not know much more than this. Now that I have been, I can report back that the Falklands offer a truly unique and very special experience and I would definitely recommend a visit to anyone.
For wildlife lovers, you could not ask for more - there are five species of penguins, abundant birdlife, elephant seals, southern sea lions, orcas and dolphins. I have always been a big penguin lover so to me this was a truly magical experience especially as you are able to see the wildlife close up. One day I was sitting on a rock watching a colony of Rockhopper penguins from a safe distance and then I turned around and saw there was a curious one right behind me! The Magellanic penguins are often sheltering in their burrows so at first glance you can’t see them but when you look closer, you will often see one or two craning their necks to have a look at you too!
For those interested in history and culture, the Falklands have a lot to offer too. You can visit sites from the 1982 Conflict such as Goose Green or the hills around Stanley. However, as it is fairly recent history, a lot of the people you will meet there have lived through it and it is really interesting to share in their first hand experiences.
The islands are so remote making them the perfect place to go to get away from it all for some tranquillity. The scenery is rugged and breathtaking. Most importantly, it is a very unique destination - although they speak English, you can use sterling and don’t need a plug adaptor, the Falklands feels like another world away.
My highlight? I couldn’t possibly decide. I had thought it would definitely be the penguins but in fact it was the overall experience, I felt like I learnt so much about their culture and way of life. Land based tourism is still in its infancy so I believe now is a good time to go before the rest of the world discovers this gem. The only downside, all of the amazing home cooking is not good for your waistline!
If Linda's blog has inspired you to visit, take a look at our Limited Falklands Adventure Holiday.
By Linda Harris