To anyone outside of The UK or Argentina, the Falkland Islands are but a dot on the map. And at first you have to wonder why the two nations fought a war over the rights to them. About as far south as you can go for civilization before you hit Antarctica other than three towns on the tip of South America, the Falklands Islands do not exactly offer a hospitable landscape. However, the people are welcoming and the wildlife amazing. And if you like the idea of an offbeat destination you’ll appreciate these reasons to visit the Falkland Islands
1. The Christ Church Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch
The world’s southernmost Anglican cathedral, this pretty chapel was consecrated in 1892 and is the parish church of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territories. Built from local stone and brick, it is surprisingly one of the few stone buildings on the Falklands. On the grounds is a unique whale bone arch, made from the jaws to 2 blue whales. Created to commemorate the centenary of British rule, it now serves as both a curiosity and as the site of weddings and some church services. In image of the church is featured on the Falkland Island pound currency, and it’s one of the many reasons to visit the Falkland Islands.