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The Falkland Islands are in an archipelago 300 miles (483 km) off the east coast of Argentina. Their name derives from Anthony Carey, 5th Viscount Falkland, who was the English Commissioner of the Admiralty around 1690 when the islands were explored. They are a largely self-governing overseas territory of the UK but are also claimed as "Islas Malvinas" by Argentina. This dispute was the source of the 1982 Falklands War in which the islands were invaded, and briefly occupied by Argentina. The UK sent troops and after one month, the Argentine forces surrendered. The islanders themselves voted to remain part of the UK.

Locator Map forThe Falkland Islands

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Overview map of our South America cruise

This is an approximate overview map of our itinerary. We started in Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile and headed south through the Chilean Fjords, the Strait of Magellan to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From there, we rounded Cape Horn, visited the Falkland Islands, Montevideo, Uruguay, and ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Falkland Islands archipelago consists of two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, separated by the Falkland Sound. Stanley is the capital and is on East Falkland.

   Falkland Island Map (modified from the CIA's World Fact Book, all pages of which are in the public domain).

Stormy Seas at the Falkland Islands   Stormy Seas at the Falkland Islands   Stormy Seas at the Falkland Islands Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for a landing at the Falkland Islands. Although we had a smooth sail around Cape Horn, we encountered a Force 8 and Force 9 storm (Beaufort Scale - Severe Gale, High waves. Dense streaks of foam along the direction of the wind. Crests of waves begin to topple, tumble and roll over. Spray may affect visibility). Here are pictures of the roiling and boiling sea.

Our ship pitched and yawed and many travelers were confined to their quarters with mal de mer.

Here is our ticket for a tour of the penguin rookery that we were unable to use. Penguin Rookery Tour at the Falkland Islands