Darwin Road, a drive you'll never forget
Darwin Road is a gravel road located in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf.
It’s the main road on the isolated and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory in the south-west Atlantic Ocean. The road is 92 km long.
The road links Stanley and Darwin. Stanley (also known as Port Stanley) is the capital of the Falkland Islands. It is located on the island of East Falkland and is the most remote and probably the smallest capital city in the world. It’s a colourful seaside town with a ramshackle assemblage of buildings. Darwin is a small settlement in Lafonia on East Falkland.
This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. Speed limits are 25 mph (40 km/h) in built-up areas and 40 mph (64 km/h) elsewhere. The views on the road are stunning.
The surface of the road is loose gravel. Reduce yoor speed when approaching oncoming vehicles. Have consideration for other road users. After the Falklands War, minefields may be encountered in some areas, around Stanley in particular, but all are very clearly fenced and marked; there have been no civilian casualties. Today, there are still an estimated 20,000 landmines on the Falkland Islands. Over 100 minefields remain in the Falkland Islands, laid by Argentine Forces during the 1982 conflict. However, it is important to note that it is illegal to enter a minefield and remove minefield signage; also in the rare event of finding a suspect item outside a minefield it MUST be reported to the Bomb Disposal Unit (73613 or 53939) or the police (28100) and, of course, NOT TOUCHED. Beware of the land mines -- be sure to pick up a map from the military office in Stanley if you plan on going hiking alone.