Introducing the Falkland Islands
Located north of the Polar Front, the Falkland Islands are not considered sub-Antarctic, but are a common stop for many Antarctica travels. The total population of the islands is about 2,500; over half of the residents live in the Falklands' capital of Stanley. English is the official and preferred language of the region. The islands have a rich history, but since the end of the Falklands War in 1982 - United Kingdom's troops fought off an Argentinian invasion - the islands have remained culturally British. East and West Falkland make up the majority of the total landmass, but there are over seven hundred islands to explore in the area, including the tiny Sea Lion Island. The climate is quite mild; even in the winter months temperatures are frequently above freezing. The Falklands' main attractions include wildlife viewing, trekking, horseback riding, fishing, and scuba diving. Stanley also offers swimming in its public pool.