Located just off the eastern coast of Argentina lies a hidden cluster of islands, almost tropical if it wasn’t for the howling winds, cool temperatures, and occasional snow and float by ice Berge’s.
The Falkland Islands and South Georgia are so of the most untouched islands, holding nature and animal reserves and home to a range of both artic and Antarctic animals.
With the pebble beaches stretching around the coastal areas of the islands an array of sea birds, seals, penguins and whales make home in the local waters.
With such little human impact, the wildlife has grown dramatically and thousands of animals can be seen, heard and hidden on the southern islands.
The beaches are lined with elephant seals, sea lions, fur seals, hopper penguins, magnetic penguins, king penguins, albatross, and hundreds of other birds and mammals.
The Falkland’s are also known very historically, after the wars, which have been fort over the islands. Here there are memorials, museums and very little evidence of such historical devastation. The islands could pass as a tropical destination with the white sandy coves and crystal clear blue water. The Falkland Islands are also home to some of the windiest locations to live, and can be covered in wind, ice and snow for days at a time.
South Georgia, like the Falkland’s, is a beautiful destination covered in wildlife and historical artifacts. With the old whaling stations, its no surprise that it makes its mark in history, with stories, museums, and rusted old whaling stations scattering the coves, and inlets. Along with home to the most talked about historian, sir henry shack Elton, explorer of Antarctica.
It’s hard to tell the small bays where once home to the sad culling of whales, and to think the crystal clear blue water was once stained red. As you walk through some of the rusted down stations, you cant help but notice the contrast of the beautiful flowers growing, amongst the now capped mountains. Birds have made nests in the rusty metal boilers, chains and old housing blocks. The nature and beauty surrounding the place today is such a beautiful contrast compare to how it would have been only a few century’s ago.
The stations where known as some of the most prestigious and money making business known in history. With the years of hunting whales, all species such as sperm, humpback, minkey, blue etc. Where know to be harpooned, filled with air and floated back to the boilers to be melted down into oil, fertilizer and meat for the booming markets around the world.
The bones still litter the shore lines, but the seals, elephant seals and sea lions seem to go without a notice, as they make there home amongst the old historical grounds.
Both the Falkland’s and South Georgia are both magical places to discover and explore. With the wild weather, great history and endless wildlife, these islands are no drought some of the most culturally, historically, and inspiring places to visit.
You will not walk a step without seeing a famous seabird, albatross, seal, penguin or maybe even a whale. There is defiantly a sense of sadness, but positivity when you look how far the nature and wildlife conservations have come. With animal rich shorelines, headlands and coastal fronts. Its no surprise so many tourist flock here annually to get a sense of history that has been made and the history that is still being made.