Montevideo - Stanley
Montevideo (Uruguay) - Port Stanley (Falkland Islands, United Kingdom) The final leg before the start of a new Antarctic Season goes from Montevideo (or Piriapolis, please see above) to Stanley. The crew will welcome all new sailors on board and everybody will be assigned to the watch system. After about 15 days and a little bit over 1000 miles the ship is expected in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands.
Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas
The Falkland Islands (the Argentine call it Islas Malvinas) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, located about 250 nautical miles (460 km; 290 mi) from the coast of mainland South America. The archipelago, consisting of East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 lesser islands, is a self-governing British Overseas Territory. The capital, Stanley, is on East Falkland. Ever since the re-establishment of British rule in 1833, Argentina has claimed sovereignty.
The Falkland Islands have a rich history embracing maritime trade, missionary links, Darwinian discoveries and participation in the two World Wars. Links with sealers, whalers, explorers and South American indigenous people have helped to shape the culture, as well as the natural environment of today’s Falklands. From fossils to geological features, historic buildings to shipwrecks, reminders of the past can be found everywhere in the Islands. The Falkland Island Museum in Stanley is an excellent starting point to gain an appreciation of Island life, past and present.
On our way to Port Stanly we will try to make some stops with our ship and make a landing on one of the Islands. They will be a fee charged between 10 and 20 pounds per landing, but this can be paid on board after each landing.
Overnights in Stanley
After arrival in Port Stanley you have a couple of days to spend on the Falklands before your return flight. For suggestions on accomodation please have a look at http://falklandislands.com. It is possible to stay a few nights extra on board Europa on a bed & breakfast basis for a surcharge.