When the Falkland Islands Tourist Board invited me to visit this unusual destination, I jumped at the chance to see the archipelago for myself. Keen to experience as much as possible, my trip was rather a ‘whistle-stop tour’ as I stayed on a different island each night during my week-long stay.
It’s a less leisurely trip than we’d typically arrange for our clients, but I wanted to return to the UK armed with as much new travel knowledge as possible. It was the most amazing tour, and it’s been hard to narrow the memorable moments down to just 10, but here you go!
1 – Walking from Darwin House to Goose Green
On the first day of my trip I landed in Mount Pleasant and was transferred by road to Darwin House. The drive took around an hour and I loved staring out of the new and unfamiliar landscapes of the island. Once there, I set off for a walk and headed towards Goose Green, just over three kilometres away, which is the largest sheep farm on East Falkland with over 100,000 hectares of land and approximately 80,000 sheep. It is also the site where the first and longest battle in the conflict between Britain and Argentina happened in 1982. Along my walk there and back I was fascinated to only see three vehicles pass me. I was walking slowly to take in all the beauty around me, and the roundtrip must have been at least two hours long.
2 – Seeing penguins on Pebble Island
3 – Black browed albatross on West Point Island
4 – ‘Getting lost’ on West Point Island!
5 – Seeing whales and seals at sunrise on Sea Lion Island