5 Fun Facts: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

August 15, 2013 Paul Schuster

The name of the Falkland Islands comes from Falkland Sound, which is the channel between the two main islands. With an array of breaking taking sights, the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) provide every traveler ample opportunity to experience stunning landscapes and wildlife. Considered an outdoor paradise for nature lovers, the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) offer numerous opportunities to capture amazing wildlife photography and scenic shots, whilst hiking and bike riding.

Here are 5 fun facts that you may not know...

1. There is one weekly newspaper, the Penguin News which is issued every Friday.

The Penguin News covers local and overseas events relating to the Falkland Islands. The paper includes current events, job postings, letters, local sports results, guest columns and much more. 

Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands

Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Photo by David Merron.

2. There are no McDonalds, Tescos, or Starbucks—in fact, there are no chain shops or restaurants of any kind! Passengers are encouraged to enjoy the abundance of wildlife on these remote islands.

Passengers at West Point, Falkland Islands. Photo by Nicky Souness.

3. 1690 was the first recorded landing on the Islands by British Captain John Strong aboard Welfare.

Passengers getting out of a zodiac at Saunders Island

Passengers disembarking a zodiac during a landing at Saunders Island. Photo by David Merron.

4. The best time to visit the Falklands is between October and April when seasonal temperatures and wildlife viewing are at their peak.

Penguins at Saunders Island, Falklands.

Penguins at Saunders Island. Photo by David Merron.

5. The Islands are a favorite destination for wildlife enthusiasts of all kinds.

The Falklands host thousands of penguins, elephant seals, sea Lions, and 65% of the world’s black-browed albatross bird population (hundreds of nests pictured below at Steeple Jason). 

Thousands of black browed albatross nest at Steeple Jason in the Falkland Islands - Photo Manda Lundström.

Steeple Jason in the Falkland Islands. Photo Manda Lundström.

Interested in visiting the Falkland Islands? Check out our upcoming 
Falklands (Malvinas) and South Georgia: Islands of the Southern Ocean itinerary.

About the Author

Paul  Schuster

Paul has been helping Quark Expeditions passengers choose the polar expedition to best suit their needs since 2009. An adventure travel expert and avid traveler, he’s visited over 40 countries and explored the Antarctic Peninsula, Canadian High Arctic, Spitsbergen and the North Pole on expedition.

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