Falkland Islands (Stanley)

Capital of the Falklands since 1845, tiny Stanley lies on the windswept tip of East Falkland Island. The Falklands long served as a way station for ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The islands' rigorous environment is immediately apparent: Stanley Harbor is dotted with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the South Atlantic. While their strategic location led to important roles in both World Wars, the islands are best remembered as the cause of the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Today, travelers increasingly journey to the islands to view their rich assortment of bird and marine life.

Colorful houses occupy the low rolling moorland bordering Stanley Harbor. Stanley's climate resembles London's - cool and rainy though summer visitors are often blessed with clear, sunny skies.

Note: Stanley is an anchorage port. Guests transfer to shore via ship's tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin
  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony
  • Volunteer Point
  • Historic Dockyard Museum
  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch
  • Battlefield Sites
  • Kelp Point
  • Nature Trek
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  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin

    The tiny inlet of Bluff Cove features a Falkland Island museum as well as a privately owned wildlife haven, where you can get up close and personal with hundreds of playful Gentoo penguins.

  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony

    The Falkland Islands have some of the largest rockhopper penguin colonies in the world. So unaffected by the presence of humans, you can stand by and watch them hop down to the sea for food.

  • Volunteer Point

    Volunteer Point is home to the largest population of king penguins in the Falklands, with a range of low cliffs and sandy and boulder beaches with extensive off shore kelp beds.

  • Historic Dockyard Museum

    A set of buildings with themed exhibition areas containing a notable collection of historic and maritime relics including displays from the Falklands War of 1982.

  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch

    With a renowned monument constructed by giant blue whale jawbones on its grounds, this turn-of-the-century Anglican cathedral built from stone and brick is a National Treasure.

  • Battlefield Sites

    Throughout the island is evidence of the Falkland Islands' 1982 war with Argentina including man-made bunkers, fox holes, discarded clothing, unused munitions, and still-active and clearly marked land mines in the countryside.

  • Kelp Point

    The secluded home to a colony of seasonal elephant seals, Kelp Point lies on the eastern edge of East Falkland, approximately 1.5 hours from Stanley One study in the Falkland Island's concluded that harem masters produced as many as 125 pups.

  • Nature Trek

    The east end of Stanley Harbor is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including colonies of penguins, sea lions, albatross, ferns, grasses and the national flower, delicate pale maidens.

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City Walking Tour

2 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-380
  • Historic Dockyard Museum
  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch
  • Battlefield Sites

Follow your guide to see iconic sites such as the 19th century Christ Church Cathedral and the Victorian-style Royal Falkland Islands Police Station (home, it is rumored, to a ghost!). View Liberation Monument, a tribute to those lost during the 1982 conflict, and the 1914 War Memorial commemorating the Battle of the Falklands fought between the British and German fleets. Take in the rambling elegance of the Government House built in the 1840s. Tour the Historic Dockyard & Museum featuring exhibits of the social, military and natural history of the Falklands dating back to when the first explorers traveled to this remote corner of the world.

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City Drive & Museum (Guided in Spanish)

2 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-202
  • Historic Dockyard Museum

Your two-hour sightseeing tour of Stanley includes admission to the Historic Dockyard & Museum. As you make your way through this charming and peaceful town, you'll pass colorful houses, picturesque farms and rolling verdant hills. You'll see Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world and the Whalebone Arch, made from the jaws of two blue whales. Other sights you'll see include the Government House and the Liberation Monument, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives during the 1982 Falklands War. At the completion of your drive, guests will be given the option of being dropped off at the Historic Dockyard & Museum which holds an impressive collection of historic and maritime relics and exhibits. Returning to port, you'll pass the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth in Stanley Harbor. Built in England in 1869, the 228-foot vessel made a number of visits to the Falklands and in 1913 hit a rock and was declared unseaworthy.

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City Drive & Museum

2 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-200
  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch
  • Historic Dockyard Museum

Your two-hour sightseeing tour of Stanley includes admission to the Historic Dockyard & Museum. As you make your way through this charming and peaceful town, you'll pass colorful houses, picturesque farms and rolling verdant hills. You'll see Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world and the Whalebone Arch, made from the jaws of two blue whales. Other sights you'll see include the Government House and the Liberation Monument, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives during the 1982 Falklands War. At the completion of your drive, guests will be given the option of being dropped off at the Historic Dockyard & Museum which holds an impressive collection of historic and maritime relics and exhibits. (Return to the ship at your leisure on a 5-minute walk.) Returning to port, you'll pass the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth in Stanley Harbor. Built in England in 1869, the 228-foot vessel made a number of visits to the Falklands and in 1913 hit a rock and was declared unseaworthy.

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Falkland Battlefields

2.5 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-210
  • Battlefield Sites

Designed for the history and military buff, you will get a first-hand look at the battlefields of the Falklands War on this 2.5-hour tour. You'll board your transportation at the pier and travel outside of Stanley to Estancia Farm where a battlefield expert will lead you on a tour of some of the major battle sites. From this panoramic spot, you can see Sapper Hill, Wireless Ridge and Mount William. After days of heavy artillery fire, the Argentine forces surrendered on June 14. At the end of this moving and memorable tour, you'll board your motorcoach for the return trip to the harbor.

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Falklands Nature Trek

3 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-390
  • Nature Trek

Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to view the impressive birdlife of the Falkland Islands. But you don't have to be a birder to appreciate the beauty of this untouched landscape. Don't forget the camera and be sure to bring binoculars during this memorable two hour adventure. From the ship, a minibus will transport you to nearby Hadassa Bay, where your exhilarating three-and-a-half mile nature trek will begin. Your expert local guide will distribute a tour-specific checklist and give a general background to Falkland birds. As you walk over the rough terrain you can soak up the sights and sounds, and spectacular views of Stanley. Have your camera ready, many of the birds you can expect to see include dark faced ground tyrants, Falkland thrush, upland geese, long-tailed meadowlark, Falkland flightless steamer duck, rock cormorants, southern giant petrels, sooty shearwaters, Magellanic penguins, black-throated finch and up to as many as 30 other species.

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Cementerio Argentino en Darwin (Guiada en Español)

6 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-142

Ubicado a 2.5 horas de Stanley y muy cerca de Goose Green, el cementerio de Darwin es un destine lejano a muchos otros sitos en Ia Isla. Cuenta con una importancia muy particular para los argentinas, debido a que 237 soldados se encuentran enterrados en el mismo desde Ia guerra de Falklarids Malvinas. El sitio es tambien un homenaje a los 323 tripulantes que perdieron Ia vida en el hundimiento del buquer General Belgrano. Empiece su dia con aproximadamente 2.5 horas de viaje desde Stanley a Ia Isla Falkland Este. Aqui, usted encontrara el Cementerio de Darwin fundado en 1983 luego que el gobierno Britanico ordenara Ia creacion de un solo Iugar donde las victimas del conflicto puedan permanecer. Con colaboracion de las fuerzas armadas, se crearon las tumbas luego de intentar indentificar cada uno de los cuerpos. Usted dispondra de 30 minutes para caminar entre las cruces blancas que forman el espacio. Muchos de los cuerpos fueron hallados sin el collar de identidad, por lo que se han heche muchos intentos de indentificacion a traves de sus efectos personales. Se recolecto todo lo posible en la isla, pero muchos de estes elementos no fueron lo suficientemente certeros para determiner Ia identidad. Todos recibieron un entierro Cristiano con todos los honores militares. Cada tumba fue identificacla con una cruz blanca de madera con el nombre del soldado, pero 123 de estas cruces soio recibieron el nombre de "Soldado Argentino solo reconocido por Dios". Desde el ano 2004, el espacio fue rodeado por un pequeno cerco blanco.

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74 DAYS TO VICTORY

4 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-215

Attention, history lovers and military buffs, this panoramic driving tour takes in Fitzroy and three battle memorials depicting the fierce hand-to-hand battles between Argentine and British soldiers in the bitter 74-day Malvinas/Falklands War of 1982. In conditions reminiscent of World War I, British soldiers fought to end the Argentine occupation of the islands. Your main destination is Fitzroy on the inlet of Port Pleasant. Today, a quiet sheep farm, during the war, it was the site where the British landing ships Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were bombed by Argentine Skyhawk aircraft while transferring troops, ammunition and equipment. During the tour, Sapper Hill, Mt. William, Mt. Tumbledown, Mt. Harriet, Mt. Longdon, Wireless Ridge and the Two Sisters battlefields will be viewed and discussed, and you'll see memorials for the Welsh Guards and Royal Fleet Auxiliary. If time allows, you'll see the location of the Royal Marines' barracks.

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Bertha's Beach & Flatlands Wildlife Excursion

4 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-675

Spellbinding natural and wildlife sightings abound when you travel through the exquisite scenery of East Falkland Island to Bertha's Beach. This pristine, secluded, white-sand beach is nestled on a spectacular stretch of coastland, where ocean and wetland wildlife live and thrive in harmony. Your four-hour tour begins with travel on the main roads passing the geological stone runs, catalogued by Charles Darwin himself. After approximately an hour, continue for an additional 30 minutes off-road on a rugged ride to Bertha's Beach. Home to a thriving gentoo penguin colony, the beach is a designated 'Important Bird Area' due to the plethora of endemic and exotic waterfowl. Additionally, it carries the RAMSAR site distinction for its impeccable flora, with over 80 different types of flowering plants, including the national flower, Pale Maiden. Spend an hour on this windswept beach, photographing all you see before returning on the scenic drive back to port.

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Gentoo Penguins Expedition at Newans Station

2.5 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-665
  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin

On this fun-filled, two-hour adventure you'll travel from the Jetty Visitors Center to Newans Station where you'll transfer to your 4WD vehicle and go off road across this breathtaking landscape to Newans Farm, home of about 200 breeding pairs of gentoo penguins. After climbing out of the vehicle, feel free to walk around. On land these waddling creatures stand 20-to 36-inches tall and reach a maximum weight of 19 pounds, which makes the gentoo the third largest-sized penguin. Although the penguins are familiar with human interaction, it's always wise to be cautious. During your visit some of the gentoo's neighbors may appear - the rookery is usually frequented with Southern giant petrels, skuas, rock cormorants, upland geese, turkey vultures, kelp gulls and flightless steamer ducks. Photos taken, you'll climb back aboard the 4x4 for the return trip to the Center ready for your next adventure.

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Local Connections-Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery

3 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-635
  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin

You're invited by local experts Kevin and Hattie Kilmartin on an adventure to a privately owned wildlife haven. After boarding your transportation, you'll journey south of Stanley to the Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery on East Falkland Island. Along the way, you'll see miles of nothing but pristine farmland. Arrive at Bluff Cove Farm, and meet owner Kevin. Travel via four-wheel-drive vehicle to the penguin colony with Kevin as your expert guide. Marvel at over 1,000 pairs of gentoo penguins that nest annually by the beach as well as Magellanic penguins and a growing king penguin colony. You may also see sea lions and dolphins frolicking in the waters. Next, you're introduced to Hattie, who runs the Sea Cabbage Café. Here, she serves her home-baked goods and sells some of her crafts in the gift shop. Visit the adjacent Bluff Cove Museum, depicting life in the Falklands and the history of Bluff Cove, before returning to port.

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Rockhopper Penguin Colony

4 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-645
  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony

Board your transportation for a scenic drive to Murrell Farm. With the jagged peaks of Mount Lowe in the distance, and miles of rolling hills, you'll pass key battlefields from the 1982 Falklands Island War. Once you arrive at Murrell Farm, you'll transfer to a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and travel to Berkeley Sound. Standing only 21 inches tall and weighing in at around five pounds, rockhoppers are the smallest of penguins but they're definitely the most agile and quite adept at hopping from their perch on the craggy, rocky cliffs to jumping in the water looking for food. They show little fear of people and their elaborately curled "eyebrows" set them apart from other penguins. Rockhoppers aren't the only inhabitants of the Sound. Soaring gracefully above the cliffs is the black-browed albatross. During your visit, cakes and refreshments will be served as you observe and photograph these majestic creatures.

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North Pond Penguin Tour

6 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-650
  • Battlefield Sites

Enjoy the antics of the Falkland Islands' most famous inhabitants - penguins! - during this "up close and personal" excursion. Accompanied by an expert guide, take a 4-WD vehicle to the North Pond area of the island. Go off-roading to the pristine white sands and sparkling blue waters of Cape Dolphin in North Pond where hundreds of penguins waddle along a half-mile stretch of beach between the sea and their nesting grounds. View Gentoos, Magellanic and some King penguins too. See if you can distinguish between them. Watch as they frolic in the waves, swimming and looking for food. Keep a keen eye out for dolphins that also inhabit these waters. And enjoy sightings of countless species of birds, including Falkland's own Flightless Steamer Duck.

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Sand Point Exclusive Wildlife Excursion

8 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-680

Grab your camera and warm, waterproof outerwear for this wild and rugged full-day adventure to Sand Point, on the North Falkland coastline. A 1.5-hour drive brings you to your destination, where a 4x4 vehicle takes you along the coastline, home to abundant wildlife and dramatic beauty. Sand Point is situated on the north coast of the Lorenzo Farm, a peaceful location with diverse landscapes. Upon arrival, you'll be warmly greeted by the landowners and oriented to the property. The landowners will escort you to an active penguin colony to see gentoo, Magellan and perhaps even king penguins. Sand Point also boasts 23 different species of breeding birds and eight species of migratory birds. After filling your camera with nature's delights, visit one of the world's largest whalebone cemeteries. This eerie display of giant cetacean skeletons was designed to display the magnificence and size of these animals. Return to port at the conclusion of this fascinating day.

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Kelp Point Exclusive Wildlife Excursion

7.5 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-660
  • Kelp Point

The Falkland Islands offer vast landscapes, coastal vistas and exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities, often referred to as the 'Galapagos of the South.' Grab your camera and a zoom lens if you have one and journey from port on a 4WD vehicle to Kelp Point, a corner of the island only recently opened to the public. Your exclusive adventure begins with a scenic, 1.5-hour off-road excursion through the rugged Falklands' terrain. You'll drive past one of the island's largest farms before arriving at Kelp Point. Here, an elephant seal colony will greet you with a nonchalant hello. Elephant seals are docile giants who laze on the shoreline or in the large wallows. You'll be able to get quite close to these luxuriating mammals. Spend approximately 45 minutes taking incredible pictures, then travel a short distance to a long-tailed gentoo penguin rookery. Stroll the nearby sandy beach and enjoy a boxed lunch before the relaxing drive back to port.

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Best of Port Stanley: Volunteer Point

7 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-655
  • Battlefield Sites
  • Volunteer Point

Your day begins as you step inside your 4-wheel-drive vehicle and set out on a 50-mile journey to Volunteer Point Sanctuary, home to a lively colony of over 1,300 king penguins. You'll travel past several key battlefield sites from the 1982 Falkland War and Port Louis, the first settlement in the Islands. When you reach Volunteer Point you'll have approximately one-and-a-half hours to enjoy king penguins in their natural habitat. You'll marvel at their unique look - bright orange patches on the ear in a tear-drop shape and bold grey, silver, black, white and orange plumage makes the king the most colorful of all penguins. A box lunch will be served during your visit. After viewing the colony, exploring the beach, and walking along the pale blue lagoon, it's time to climb back aboard your four-wheel-drive vehicle and return to the harbor.

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Seal Bay Secluded Wildlife Encounter

7 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-670
  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony

Climb aboard a 4x4 vehicle and set off to discover stunning the East Falkland Coast on a thrilling full-day adventure. Travel along the island's main road, meandering through spectacular mountain ranges, unique geological formations and Port Louis, the first land ever farmed on the islands. Arrive at Seal Bay, home to several species of penguins. Have your camera at the ready for a gentoo penguin colony that nestles comfortably in a sheltered area. Then say hello to the friendly rockhopper penguin colony, as well as a number of macaroni penguins. Travel to a new colony that is home to 1,500 pairs of gentoos, 200 Magellanic penguins and up to 50 visiting kings. A packed lunch and hot drink will be provided. Returning to Stanley on a relaxed drive.

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