Falkland islands cruise
March 18th, 19th, 2005
Most cruises to Antarctica and South Georgia calls at different islands of Falklands archipelago, usually for a couple of days, en route from and to Ushuaia. This reportage focuses on a cruise to Falkland Islands, including Carcass Island and New Island (West Point Island) for exciting wildlife like penguins, king cormorants, albatross and other rare birds. Although the Falkland Islands can't be compared to Antarctica, as there is no ice, the landscape is superb and the wildlife fantastic, with lot of bird species that you can't see elsewhere during the cuise to Antarctica (so, choosing a cruise that includes Falklands, certainly worth).
The itinerary of the cruise from Ushuaia to the Falklands, via Antarctic peninsula and South Georgia.
Pictures of Stanley, the Falkland Islands capital, seen from the cruise ship.
Welcome to the Falkland Islands.
Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands and has about 2000 inhabitants, living in small homes. On the bottom-right picture, the cathedral and the whalebone arc.
Photos of the Stanley cathedral at the Falkland Islands.
The 1982 Falkland Argentina war memorial.
The Falkland islands are a paradise for ornithologists and several different species of birds can be observed by just walking in the town. Most of such birds can't be found in Antarctica or South Georgia, so, chosing a cruise calling at Falkland Islands, certainly has sense.
The cruise to Falkland Islands resumes from Stanley to Carcass Island.
Carcass Island, within Falkland Islands archipelago, is home to Magellanic penguin (this is the only place throughout cruise to Antarctica and South Georgia, where I had the opportunity to see Magellanic penguins).
Carcass island has a beautiful white sand beach. Although there are no icebergs or glaciers in the Falklands, the landscape is in any case beautiful, with many white sand secluded beaches.
The next stop in the Falkland Island is on New Island and West Point Island.
Photos of Falkland Islands. New Island and West Point Island are home to thousands of rockhopper penguins, albatross, king cormorants and other birds.
Pictures of albatross in their nest.
Photos of rockhopper penguins, one of the world's smallest penguin, so called for their habit to climb cliffs by jumping from stone to stone.
More pictures of rockhopper penguins from the Falkland Islands. As many other penguin species, rockhopper penguins are molting during March.
Pictures of king cormorants from Falkland Islands.
Photos of albatross in their nests.
It's incredible to see so many different bird species co-exsisting in a small place like this. With these beautiful last images, we leave the Falklands bound back for Ushuaia and, for most of us, back to home. Falkland Islands have been a very nice addition to our cruise to Antarctica and South Georgia, with lot of surprises and fantastic wildlife.
In October and November 2006, I did a second trip to the Falkland Islands, this time stopping here for two full weeks. Click HERE to open the Falklands website (opens in a new window).