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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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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 55°F 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.

Black browed albatross, West Point Island, the Falklands

Visiting the Falkland Islands in March - April

Autumn arrives, with tourists and some of the wildlife starting to leave for the winter. However, it is still possible to visit, and whilst the islands are never busy, you may now find yourself alone with the wildlife.

Elephant Seals, Sea Lion Island

Visiting the Falkland Islands in May - September

Winter time in the Falklands, bringing plenty of rain and wind. Unless you have a specific reason for needing to travel to the islands at this time of year, we do not recommend it for your vacation.

Elephant Seals, Carcass Island, The Falkland Islands

Visiting the Falkland Islands in October

Spring should be arriving in the Falkland Islands, and with it the start of the mating season for the myriad of wildlife inhabitants on the islands. It will still be chilly, with an average temperature of 48°F.

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