Reasons to Visit
the Falkland Islands
If you go to the islands for the wildlife the chances are you will come back fascinated by the history. It is not all about the 1982 conflict and with the current changing face of the islands a new chapter is currently being written.
There are few places in the world where you can sit, alone, in a penguin colony with 1000's of birds and 95% of these spots have to be in the Falklands. If you are lucky you can see 5 species of penguins in one day in one place; Gentoo, Magellanic, rock hopper, king and macaroni.
Not only are they incredibly welcoming but they are so knowledgeable and aware of the environment in which they live. Being guided around an island by one of the three inhabitants is a pleasure in itself.
How many places have you been in the last ten years that still rely on 2-metre radio to contact anyone? Leave your mobile at home because, outside Stanley, it won't work.
There may well be a well earned reputation for barren and wind swept lands - but they are truly beautiful and virtually untouched by humans.
The islands teem with a massive array of wildlife, from tiny land birds that survive in pest free environments to enormous elephant seals and beautiful black browed albatross, not forgetting the flightless wasp that have evolved to cope with the wind.
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Our country specialists have travelled the length and breadth of the Falkland Islands - here are a few of their favourite things to do
Huge skies, the purest of fresh air, peace and tranquillity, warm hospitality, and penguins curiously inspecting your shoelaces, all parts of the experience of visiting these wild and rugged islands situated just one hour’s flight off mainland South America.
Consisting of two main islands - East and West Falkland, as well as numerous outlying islands scattered close by in the South Atlantic seas, one of the main reasons to visit is for the outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities.
However, the fabulous bird and marine life is just part of the islands’ charm. It is a wonderful destination for those with an interest in farming, the military history of the region, or if you wish to learn about the pioneer spirit of islander’s ancestors, or for those who simply want to walk, draw, photograph or fish in glorious isolation.
A visit to the unique, starkly beautiful Falkland Islands is a rich, rewarding experience.
When the sun is shining, this is arguably the most beautiful of the islands, with rolling green hills contrasting with vibrant yellow gorse, white sand beaches and the pale blue sea.
The East Falkland area of Goose Green and Darwin has become synonymous with the 1982 conflict.
Home to King, Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, plus the world’s largest colony of black-browed albatross and many other varieties of sea bird, as well as sealions and dolphins frolicking in the shallows of the harbour, Saunders Island is a wildlife lovers’ paradise.
The capital of the Falklands, with a population of 2000, is a charming place, consisting of just a few streets of colourful houses, a smattering of red phone boxes, a few lively pubs and a selection of the latest four wheel drives, all set on a gentle slope beside Stanley Harbour.
A bumpy three-hour journey by 4WD across rolling moors brings you to Volunteer Point, home to the world’s largest accessible colony of king penguins.
Over 24 hours (Mount Pleasant via Madrid and Santiago) or 18 hours from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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