South Atlantic En Route to the Falklands

Mar 03, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


A day at sea is an opportunity to relax, reflect, and prepare for the adventures ahead of us. Today was one of those days, easing into the morning with a latte and amuse ourselves with the memories of an excellent night before. Last night was one of levity and celebration in the form of a show that had us laughing, dancing, and clapping to that evening’s talent until the late hours.

Today’s sunshine across the decks inspired the galley team to prepare a mid-morning surprise of Frühschoppen: a German-inspired gathering for good company and better food in which we rang in the wilderness of the voyage we have embarked upon.

As we sailed ahead to the Falklands, naturalists Ian Bullock and Gabriela Roldan presented the natural and human history of these islands. The lounge was full of enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn more about these islands of the South Atlantic. Lying about 300 miles away from the coast of South America, generations of hardworking islanders have made their home here through farming and fishing, with a cultural identity tempered by self-determination.

These islands also serve as an international destination for birdwatchers, the contents of which are absolutely teeming with wildlife. The Falklands seem to offer the perfect combination between urban comforts and the stark natural world comprising the far global south.

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About the Author

Gabriela Roldan

Naturalist

A native of Argentina, Gabriela has lived and worked for more than a decade in Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world. Her interest for travelling and a degree in tourism management from the Universidad de la Patagonia, led Gabriela to serve as a guide in all corners of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as lecturing widely on South America and Antarctica sharing her first-hand experiences and enthusiasm for the region.

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