The final day of our expedition was spent exploring the town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The capital of this British Overseas Territory, Stanley contains 75 percent of the population living in the Falklands. Our tours of the area were to either visit a local hydroponic farm where a lot of the produce is grown, take a tour of the city and surrounding area by bus, or take a long hike at the nearby Mount Tumbledown. Having arrived early to the dock, we were able to eat lunch ashore at some of the local establishments and spend ample time at the museum commemorating the conflict with Argentina in 1982. A peaceful and fascinating day ashore in the Falkland Islands complete with on-and-off sunshine was the perfect way to cap off this epic voyage.
National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance set sail from the western edge of the Falkland Islands late last night. There was a slightly overcast sky when we entered the Beagle Channel in the morning. For the last miles to Ushuaia, we had stunning views of the most southern part of South America. Birds glided and whales swam alongside the vessel. We enjoyed several educational presentations, and there was time for packing luggage and getting souvenirs for friends and family from the Global Gallery. It was a perfect day to enjoy relaxing aboard the ship and making use of the spa, gym, and wellness facilities. The afternoon was filled with the third part of National Geographic photographer Michael Melford’s presentation, “On Assignment with National Geographic.” We enjoyed the famous Guest Slideshow, where we saw photos taken by our fellow travelers during our voyage to some of the most spectacular and densely-populated wildlife regions on our planet. In the evening, we enjoyed delicious drinks and nibbles during the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party in the Ice Lounge, which rounded out this hard to summarize expedition of National Geographic Endurance to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. It is a trip we will surely never forget.