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The Falkland Islands Is British Afterall

Oct 17, 2007
Since 1833 the people of the Falkland Islands have been sure of their British identity, but whether you regard them as a detached part of the British Isles in the South Atlantic, or as a part of South America, you can be assured of encountering a world of difference here.

Surrounded by the restless churning of the South Atlantic Ocean, pounding waves and billowing spray sculpt the shores of the Falkland Islands with an artistic flourish. This is natures kingdom, where the husky cry of the sea lion, the quizzical gaze of the penguin and the unfamiliar companionship of the striated caracara are a reminder of who is in charge.

From the minute you arrive, the Falklands offers you total personal security, clean air, friendly people, no crowds, no neon, no fast food, and no stress. All this in surroundings where the vastness of sky is only matched by the distance of the horizon and the eye is constantly captivated by the ever changing play of light on water and white grass.

This is a land where nature is sovereign, and mankind in the minority. Comfortable tourist lodges in remote locations, and holiday cottages on island farms give, to a privileged few each year, incomparable opportunities to see at close quarters some of the millions of seabirds and mammals which breed in the Falklands, black browed albatross, giant petrels, five kinds of penguin, elephant seals, sea lions, striated caracara, crested caracara, night heron, the list goes on. And then theres the fly fishing for sea trout up to a record in excess of 20lbs.

Its up to you With access to the Islands from the South American mainland by air still very much in its infancy and small visitor numbers there has been little chance or need to develop the necessary infrastructure for a wide range of outdoor activities, but there are lots of things to do for those prepared to organise themselves.

Be prepared to be more adventurous and achieve your goals. Among recent visitors to the Falklands have been yachtsmen, both lone and in groups, sea kayak enthusiasts, mountain bikers, climbers, hikers, campers, dry stone wallers, painters, and poets.

The prize for the nation providing the craziest visitors, however, must go to the French, who one year gave us the entertaining spectacle of a crossing of the entire Falklands by wind powered bicycle, and the next year a clown from Paris, who performed his complete repertoire to an audience composed entirely of penguins.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Rental SiteFalkland Islands
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