What southern England would be like without the Gulfstream! Stanley is, believe it or not, the same distance from the Equator as London. When are you going?
November-April is the warmer time to go, but unfortunately it is also the windiest (and those winds--the "Screaming Fifties"--are FIERCE!). Even if you were to go in mid-summer, never venture far without a fleece, a jacket or a sweater because inclement weather is frequent and will catch you out in a T-shirt. For those unfamiliar with this, it is basically when you simultaneously bake in the sun and freeze in the wind. Experiencing all 4 seasons in one day is not uncommon either, even if the day starts off warm and sunny with clear blue skies. In short, don't catch hypothermia.
|Quoting BCAL (Reply 4):|
I think it high time BA provided a scheduled flight to the Falklands to carry tourists and any VFR traffic. The RAF have discouraged tourism with their outrageous fares for too long!
With reason! There is honestly not a great deal to see on the islands. And while I flew over from Chile, I cannot imagine what a waste of a journey it is to fly almost 9,000 miles from the UK to visit an archipelago which you could just as well find off the Scottish coast. The only difference is that you have some beautiful King penguins on the Falklands (esp. Volunteer Point), and some stunning white-sanded beaches. Other than that, you need to be a bit mad to want to stay more than 24 hours on the islands (I was there for a week as a journalist; in retrospect, it did feel like a week too long)!
|Quoting Spike (Reply 6):|
Its generally cold and wet. Why are you going to Stanley?
I would ask the same question.
|Quoting KLMA330 (Reply 8):|
Amazing Whale-watching available at the Falklands!
Also, considering the British Gov't faught a war to keep them, and thus keep alive some part of the Empire (not being patronizing, I actually like the term, and the idea), you'd think British Airways would have at least a once a week connection to the outpost. I know it wouldn't be a financial success, but it would be something to show for the Victory, and for the lives lost in that war.. at least IMHO.
Agreed on the whale watching. Cape Bougainville is the place. As for the war, I wish more people would go down to the islands to see for themselves what a tragic waste of human life the 1982 war was, for both sides. I can't think of any other conflict in the world where proportionately, so many men died for so few people (1,000 for 2,000 islanders). Before anyone has a go at me, I have both Argentine and British citizenship, and sitting on the fence it pains me to think how two civilised nations, who were traditionally close, couldn't resolve such a ridiculous dispute diplomatically instead, averting bloodshed. There was a good reason for the political term "Falkands Factor" being coined after the war: an unpopular government distracting the public from domestic problems to focus on an international "threat", stoking the fires of nationalism and thus gaining defferential support...). It was cheap opportunism, on the part of both Thatcher and Galtieri, and as ever, PRIDE.
It honestly staggers me how, considering the castrated state of the Argentine military, the British government can justify maintaining such a massive and costly permanent detachment of almost 2,000 troops at such a distant outpost for a similar number of islanders. At the very least, the British could acknowledge that the threat from Argentina is nil (it humours me how many islanders are terrified of President Kirchner, aka. "El Pingüino"!), reduce the military presence, and open up air and trade links between the islands and Argentina, instead of relying on LAN and Chile.
I can understand the fascination with the White Continent, but I'd advise you all to take a good hard look at the Falklands and ask yourselves if they are really worth the money. Accomodation is expensive, food is expensive, goods are exoensive, and internal flights aboard the Government Air Service (FIGAS) to outlying settlements are nothing shy of extortion (Stanley-Port Stephens, for example, is about £150 return, and the distance about the same in miles).
Regards, and enjoy the penguins, the sheep, and above all, the Kelpers!