North Pond Penguin Colony

  • Port

    Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Jeep 4-Wheel-Drive ATV, Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5 hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Upon arrival in Stanley, you will be met by your local guide for a scenic 1½-hour tour of the north coast of East Falkland before arriving at North Pond. The route passes through many local Falkland farms, as well as some bizarre rock formations known as ‘Stone Runs’. The conspicuous rock landform is a result of the erosion of particular rock varieties. This was caused by numerous freezing-thawing cycles taking place in peri-glacial conditions during the last Ice Age.

Once you arrive at North Pond, you will have an up-close and personal penguin experience. Gentoo and Magellan penguins make their homes here and king penguins often visit as well. Stroll along the beach and watch the penguins waddle between the sea and their nesting grounds. The pure white sand, crystal blue water and abundant wildlife provide magnificent photographic opportunities. Peale's dolphins regularly play in the surf and many small birds can be seen. The endemic Falkland flightless steamer duck, upland geese and the strange-looking turkey vultures also inhabit these shores.

Time permitting, the return journey to Stanley follows a more southerly route with breathtaking panoramic views of the Falklands countryside, over the Verde and Port Sussex mountains and past Goose Green. More than a hundred islanders were held prisoner here during the conflict of 1982. This route also passes the British Military base known as Mount Pleasant, opened by Prince Andrew in 1985.

Notes:

Minimal walking is required. Wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing; bring sunscreen as the wind and sun can burn even on a cloudy day. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Restrooms are available. Travel time is approximately 1½ hours each way. The road will be bumpy; guests with neck or back problems are not allowed to participate.