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King penguins, Falkland Islands

When is the best time to visit the Falkland Islands?

The best time to visit the Falklands is between October and April, although within this timeframe November to February is likely to be more agreeable weather-wise.

The abundant wildlife, including penguins, seals, sea lions and albatross, will always be there to observe, but there is more chance of warmer weather in the southern hemisphere’s summer months. Expect windy conditions at any time of year, and you will always need a waterproof.

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Having been to the islands in both November and March, I can say that I think any time of year in the southern hemisphere is amazing in the Falklands. The king penguin colony at Volunteer Point is busy and raucous all through these months, and the comical furry penguin chicks seem to be in residence all the time. Always take sun cream and waterproofs at whatever time of year you travel.

Nick, Latin America Specialist

Falkland Islands Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Stanley 13°C 73mm 13°C 52mm 12°C 53mm 9°C 53mm 7°C 55mm 5°C 50mm 5°C 46mm 6°C 44mm 7°C 37mm 9°C 38mm 11°C 43mm 12°C 64mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in the Falkland Islands

King Penguins at Volunteer Point

Visiting the Falkland Islands in November - February

These are the best months to visit the Falkland Islands. The temperate climate sees an average high temperature of 13°C and long clear days (although the weather is still very changeable, and there will always be wind). The wildlife will be rearing young, and conditions for activities such as fishing and trekking are ideal. As these are the busiest months for tourism it is best to book several months in advance to ensure accommodation on the outlying islands is available. These are also the months that the Antarctica expedition ships pass by the islands, stopping in Stanley and Volunteer Point.

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