Falkland Island Facts
The two major islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, along with 700 other smaller islands that make up the Falklands are about 300 miles off the coast of southern Argentina and are spread out over about 4700 square miles. About 2000 of the 3000 full-time residents of the Falklands live in the capital of Port Stanley, which is located on East Falkland.
Although the Falklands are owned by Great Britain and the residents consider themselves British, the islands have long been claimed by Argentina and refer to the island group as Islas Malvinas. Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982 and unsuccessfully tried to takeover the islands, leading to the Falklands War.
New Island of the Falkland Islands
Our first landing in the Falklands was on New Island. This was also our first time in the Zodiacs, and the smooth, sandy beach and calm waters made for a good practice location. Our excellent expedition leader, David Fletcher, stood in the shallow waters and met each Zodiac as we landed. His smiling face and booming voice, greeting us to each landing area, became a memorable part of the next 10 days on the Hanseatic.
After we disembarked the Zodiacs, we started the trek up the island to see our first colony of rockhopper penguins.