Posts Tagged ‘Falkland Islands’

GPS Tracking – Carcass Island and New Island, East Falklands

March 2nd, 2010 at 10:22 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

Today was the last real day of our three week voyage, and we spent it in the East Falklands, specifically at Carcass Island and New Island. It was a gloriously sunny day, apparently a rarity around here, and Krystyana and I enjoyed a nice long nature hike in the morning as well as our first real sighting of Magellanic penguins, and then in the afternoon we visited a multi-bird rookery on New Island.

There we saw rock hopper penguins, nesting shags, and nesting black brow albatross.

We have lots of excellent pictures and I hope to post at least some of the photos of the last couple of days while we’re at sea tomorrow (which is also when we pack).

We arrive in Ushuaia on Thursday morning.

The GPS track from today is below. We are traveling east to west on this track, just in case that’s not entirely clear.


GPS Tracking – Stanley, Falkland Islands

March 1st, 2010 at 8:17 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

It was a gloriously beautiful day in the Falkland Islands today – sunshine, a few fluffy clouds, and ample, blustery winds (a common feature of the area, as we understand it).

Around dawn we made our way from our safe harbor at Berkeley Sound to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, and then spent the day exploring Stanley by foot. Not a huge amount to see, but we did visit a few shops, wandered through a number of residential areas, and visited both the Stanley Post Office and an excellent museum with ample historical information about Stanley.

Later in the afternoon we visited Stanley Growers, a hydroponics-based grower of wonderful produce, including a vast number of tomatoes, all of which we got to sample.

Tonight we’re en route to West Falkland Island, and more particularly, Carcass Island, where we will spend the morning checking out sheep, a ranch, and Magellanic penguins. And Rockhopper penguins await us in the afternoon.

Below is our GPS track though almost the present, since last night in Berkeley Sound – the northern part of the track is the latest part.


GPS Tracking – We Arrive At East Falkland Island

February 28th, 2010 at 8:35 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

After about two days at sea from South Georgia, we have finally arrived at the Falkland Islands. Tonight we have anchored in Berkeley Sound, located in East Falkland Island (there’s a West Falkland Island too), and tomorrow morning we head for the capital of Stanley for a self-guided walking tour in the morning, and then a visit to a hydroponics plant in the afternoon.

There’s a beautiful full moon out tonight as well, and now that we’re in safe harbor, only minor motion. Very nice after two days of constant rolling and rocking.

The GPS track for the last couple of days is below.