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.
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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.
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
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