The Falkland Islands attract more people than you might think. The perfect surroundings, incredible wildlife and intriguing history and culture make for an unforgettable trip.

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The islands are home to more than one million penguins and half a million sheep, but they also have sizeable populations of sea lions, elephant seals, dolphins and killer whales. This means that you will be able to spot species like - Magellanic penguins, Gentoo penguins, king penguins, white-tufted grebes, rock cormorants, black-crowned night-herons, upland geese, ruddy-headed geese, Falkland steamer ducks, crested ducks, turkey vultures, crested caracaras, hawks, peregrine falcons, Magellanic oystercatchers,  blackish oystercatchers, two-banded plovers, white-rumped sandpipers, South American terns, barn owls, hawks, dolphins, sei whales, southern sea lions, and so many more. And when it comes to plants, there are also a few interesting ones as in the islands you will be able to find - Fuegian saxifrages, gaudichaud’s orchids, gorses, orange hawkweeds, scurvy grass, vanilla daisies, as well as pale yellow maidens.

If there is one thing that we can promise you is that while on the Falkland Islands you will never run out of things to do. You can explore as much as you want, whether you want to fish, trek, hike, climb, kayak, mountain bike; or take your time and enjoy the islands at your own pace, you will never be bored here.

Encompassing more than 740 islands this little treasure is in the south Atlantic Ocean, 483km (300mi) off the coast of South America. The Falklands islands have been a British Overseas Territory since 1833 and are heavily influenced by British culture. This is easily spotted in the currency, the Falkland Island’s pound; the spoken language, English; even the islands’ name, ‘Falklands’ sounds distinctively Scottish, if that wasn’t enough, in Stanley, you will see red post boxes. Apart from a minority of Scandinavian descendants (whose ancestors were whalers in the 19th century), most people living in the archipelago (known as the “Kelpers”) come from families with English roots. All of this within a population of no more than 3,000 inhabitants.  
Another proof of the island's character is Stanley, the capital, which looks like a small English village mixed with a port town.

Even though the Falklands War left its mark on the archipelago, that doesn’t make this destination any less beautiful. Memorials have been built as a tribute to those who died in the war, and you can even do a battlefield tour which will take you through the most important battles of the short conflict.

The sites include - the Argentine and British Cemeteries and memorials; the HMS Coventry Memorial; Mount Harriet where many positions and remnants of Argentine equipment can be seen; Fitzroy where you can view Welsh Guards and RFA memorials; and many others depending on your preference.

What you may find most remarkable about the islands, isn’t just their human story, but their incredible surroundings. From white sandy beaches to clear turquoise waters and incredible wildlife. These are among the myriad of reasons why people are so curious and eager to visit the Falkland Islands. With an abundance of native and migratory wildlife that includes over 230 species of birds and 14 species of marine mammals - this is a natural paradise.

Whatever you decide to do, there is one thing which you won’t be able to control- that you will fall in love with these incredible islands the very moment you set foot on them.

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See the wildlife

When it comes to visiting the Falkland Islands, there is one thing that you couldn’t miss even if you tried, the wildlife. You will see it almost everywhere and it as incredible as you might expect. Here wildlife rules and seeing someone on the same stretch of beach is an actual surprise.

So, what can you see? A wide variety of animals, the islands are home to - colonies of penguins and albatrosses, sea lions, elephant seals, 15 species of whales, dolphins, penguins, as well as to countless species of birds. There are 200 species distinct species of birds here so spotting them all won’t be easy; still, you are welcome to try!

The islands also have endemic species that you can’t see anywhere else in the world. These include the cobb's wren and the Falkland flightless steamer duck. There are also some unique insects, including the Queen of the Falklands Fritillary butterfly, as well as 14 native flowering plants that are unique to this part of the world.

Still, as unique as all those species are, nothing will ever beat everyone’s favourite - penguins! The Falkland Islands boasts six types of penguins including; the King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni, Royal, and Magellanic - with the Rockhopper penguin having the highest population of breeding pairs. You can see these easily when you head to the right locations, which is excellent as it allows you to discover other parts of the archipelago. Magellanic penguins can be found in Gypsy Cove; Gentoo penguins inhabit over 80 beachside locations throughout the islands, but the prime viewing spots for them are on both Pebble and Sea Lion islands; Rockhopper penguins are easily spotted throughout the islands; Macaroni penguins can sometimes be spotted among the Rockhopper colonies, so definitely look for any bright orange crest feathers. That’s your clue! Lastly, head to Volunteer Point to view King penguins.

But penguins are not the only birds on the islands, in fact, the Falkland Islands have some of the most accessible colonies, with some of the world’s rarest birds, and penguins are just a taste of it. Whether penguins are your favourite on not, here you can also spot the world’s largest breeding population of black-browed albatross, several species of petrel (including the giant petrel), Rock Cormorant and the Upland Goose, and so many more.

Finally, the islands are also famous for being home to several marine mammals such as migratory whales or false killer whales, dolphins, as well as seals and sea lions which can’t be missed as they usually clog the coastlines.

Go on a Battlefield Tour

Back in 1982 the Falklands War - a swift but intense conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands - left its mark on the land in ways that can still be witnessed today. - You can see gnarled fragments of metal spread for miles that once belonged to fighter jets; bomb craters; military equipment; the sites of famous battlefields like Tumbledown and Goose Green; and even memorials built as a way of paying respect to those that died on both sides.

The tour can be done either by foot or by car, and it is mainly meant to take you through the most important showdowns of the war. Our tours usually include - Darwin, Goose Green and San Carlos with all their Argentine and British Cemeteries as well as memorials. The tours also include - a visit to the HMS Coventry Memorial with full battle commentary; Mount Harriet where many positions and remnants of Argentine equipment can be seen; at Fitzroy many Welsh Guards and RFA memorials are located, and the site of the infamous bombing of Sir Galahad Sir Tristram; as well as many more depending on your personal preferences.

Go fishing!

Have you ever tried fishing? The Falkland Islands are recognised as a world-class destination for it! Plus, this is a way for not only exploring the islands but also for developing (or perfecting) a new skill. If you are already an experienced angler, you might even want to set a little challenge for yourself and try to beat the record for the largest sea trout caught in the Islands! Alison Faulkner caught an impressive 22lbs 12.5 oz (approx. 10. 3 kg) sea trout on the islands, a record that has yet to be matched by anyone else.

Our full day fishing activities usually take place on the Sound, Warrah, Chartres, Murrel, Frying Pan, or San Carlos rivers, go ahead look for that big, fat, winning, sea trout!

Fancy a hike?

When surrounded by such beautiful nature, there is one thing that can take your already great Falkland Islands experience to a whole other level - a hike. This is not just a way for being active, but also a great provider of unexpected moments within nature. You never know which animal might pop out to say ‘hi’, plus, who doesn’t love a little leg stretching while on holiday?

It is not by chance that the Falkland Islands are an excellent hiking destination. After all, all the ingredients you will ever need - jaw-dropping landscapes, unmatchable wildlife, and some time to think, are all there. In fact, for the whole duration of your hikes, you are very likely not to see another person other than the ones in your hiking group.

There are a few trails within easy distance of Stanley, but to truly experience what the Islands have to offer you should venture into the more remotes areas. Carcass Island is the perfect example of this. It is known to be one of the largest islands in the West Falklands, it has been a sheep farm for more than a decade, where you can find a small settlement where visitors can stay. Other than that, it is a completely remote place that offers complete calm and solitude with great chances for wildlife spotting. With a bit of luck, you will even find a penguin or two!

Other great locations for hiking include; Gypsy Cove, East Falkland, Port Stephens, Port Stephens, West Falkland, Solar System Sculpture Walk, Stanley, Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, Waddell Island, Mount Tumbledown Memorial, Darwin, and Roy Cove.

Be spontaneous; go out and explore!

In the end, all you need to remember is that the Falkland Islands are a place you can embrace your more adventurous side and go out on new discoveries every day. It is best to venture out of the capital (Stanley), and visit the more remote areas of the archipelago, where you will find fewer people, but even more incredible natural wonders.

If you want to get to know the Falkland Islands on a deeper level, then definitely include a few of the wonderful small villages that the archipelago has to offer. These could include Salvador (known for its great wildlife), or Darwin (great for hiking routes). These smaller villages are calm, lovely, and filled with even more pristine landscapes.

It will be the remote places such as Salvador, Darwin, or even Carcass Island that will be able to provide you with a completely unique perspective of the Falklands and transforming your trip into a once in a lifetime experience. Plus, including them on your itinerary will never be a problem, as our philosophy is to always tailormade all your always according to your deepest needs and wishes.


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Stanley

When visiting the Falkland Islands, you can’t miss Stanley; the capital of the Falkland Islands. Formerly referred to as Port Stanley, this city was founded in 1843, and is home no more than 1,500 people. Here you can visit lots of different museums and churches where you will be able to find lots of information about the maritime exploration, natural history, as well as the 1982 Falklands War and Antarctic heritage.

Stanley is also home to Christ Church Cathedral, which is the southernmost cathedral in the world. The cathedral was built in 1890-92, and a very interesting fact about this area is when visiting the cathedral, you will also be able to view the arch that was built in 1933 to celebrate 100 years of British rule on the islands.  What’s so exciting about this arch? It was made from jawbones of two blue whales!

Other important stops at Stanley include - the Falkland Islands Museum where you will be able to find extensive information about the 1982 conflict, the history of the Falklands, and exhibitions on the archipelagos flora and fauna. St Mary's Church which is a cathedral that was all built in wood back in 1899 and also the only Catholic church present on the archipelago (make sure not to miss the western wall where you will find oil murals created by a local article, James Peck); the Government House is also worth admiring as this is a mid-19th-century residence that has been listed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, plus, the famous explorer Shackleton stayed here during his Trans-Antarctic Expedition; you can also visit a few Falklands War memorials built in the memory of the British troops, namely - the 1982 memorial, the 1982 Memorial Wood (Watson Way), or the 1914 Battle Memorial.

If you are in Stanley, make sure to pop by Gypsy Cove. This location is only a fifteen-minute drive away, and it is one of the best places to encounter penguins as Magellanic penguins gather around here.

Sea Lion Island

Sea Lion Island is easily accessible from Stanley (40-minute flight) as the island is located 17km (10 miles) to the south of mainland East Falkland.

For many years the island was a sheep farm but due to the decline of the wool market The Falkland Islands Development Corporation had to change their plans and transformed the island into a premier wildlife tourism location in the Falkland Islands.

The Sea Lion Island is the largest of the Sea Lion group (which also includes; Brandy, Whisky, and Sea Lion Easterly islands) and it is made up of two rocky plateaux joined by a broad sandy beach. It also boasts large stands of tussac grass around the coastline, but its highlight will always be the incredible wildlife, which is sure to make an impact on anyone visiting the island. The geology of the island is characteristic of sandstone and mudstone from more than 250 million years ago, and some minor fossils have even been found here.

There are 56 species flowering plants many of which unique to the archipelago. These include the endemic vanilla daisy, the coastal nassauvia, or the Fuegian violet which is only known to exist in the Falkland Islands. All of this brought a new title to the island in 2017, the one of a designated National Nature Reserve.
What can’t you miss here? Elephant seals, as this island is the most important breeding site for them in the Falklands, with more than 1,000 individuals living here while in their breeding season (October). However, these are not all the animals that you can find here, so do make sure to keep an eye out for killer whales (seen here from October to February); Gentoo penguins (on the island all year round); Magellanic penguins (they arrive here in September but will leave by April to migrate to the north as far as Brazil); and finally, Southern rockhopper penguins (here to breed on cliff tops in October).

Carcass Island

Carcass Island’s name originates from HMS Carcass which visited the area in the late 18th century. This island is the nearest land on West Falkland as it lies northwest of the archipelago, 6.5km (4 miles) off Hope Point. From Stanley, it will take you about one hour by plane to get here, but it is all worth it, as there is so much to discover and explore here. The Twins - two nature reserve islands with an important population of southern sea lions and southern elephant seals -are located just off the northwest tip of Carcass Island and are a fantastic addition to your itinerary when visiting the island.

But there is so much more to discover here after all the island covers 1,894ha (4,680 acres) of land with lots of natural surprises for you to unveil. There are beautiful views surrounding the island, and the highest points on it are Stanley Hill, and Mount Byng at 220 m (720 ft) which has been a sheep farm for more than a century. Here you can find lots of songbirds, penguins, and a diverse plant life that includes areas of mature tussac grass.

The fauna and flora on the island are rich from one tip to the other. The north-eastern side of the island you will find cliffs and slopes, while on the northwest side large sandy bays and rocky landscapes dominate the area. Due to the nonexistence of cats or rats here, the birdlife really thrives here. Example of this include -  the Falkland steamer ducks, ruddy-headed geese, Gentoo penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins, black-browed albatrosses, striated caracaras, blackish cinclodes, Cobb's wrens, Tussac birds, dark-faced ground tyrants, Falkland Pipit, Falkland grasswrens, Falkland Thrush and long-tailed meadowlarks, and White-bridled finches. But birds are not the only ones thriving here, one hundred and seven different plants have been identified on island including; the uncommon yellow orchid, the rare endemic hairy daisy and whitlow grass.  

There are also several colonies of Gentoo penguins, and a generous number of the rare striated caracara as well a good amount of ruddy-headed geese.

Darwin

Darwin is another must-visit location on the eastern side of the Falkland archipelago, also known as Port Darwin. The settlement is named after Charles Darwin, who spent a night here after carrying out a zoological survey of the Falkland Islands on the Beagle's second voyage.

When Charles Darwin visited the area, the settlement was a centre for cattle ranching and sheep farming. There was even a time when it was the largest centre of population outside Stanley with over 200 workers. The small community consisted of just shepherds, farm hands, a master craftsman, a doctor, a schoolmaster, and a parson. Even though the settlement doesn’t have a farm today, you can still find many traces of this period. Examples can be seen in the original gaucho stone corral (built in 1874), as well as the Galpon a building (built in 1894) which was home to nineteenth-century gauchos. You can also visit the Argentine Military Cemetery also located in Darwin.

In the end, and just like in most places of the Falkland Islands, what stands out most is the idyllic surroundings that boast the most incredible flora, fauna, as well as animal species. And in Darwin specifically, there are so many to admire. In terms of animals you could spot anything from - Magellanic penguins, white-tufted grebes, rock cormorants, black-crowned night-herons, upland geese, ruddy-headed geese, Falkland steamer ducks, crested ducks, turkey vultures, crested caracaras, hawks, peregrine falcons, Magellanic oystercatchers, blackish oystercatchers, two-banded plovers, white-rumped sandpipers, South American terns, barn owls, and finally, Falkland thrushes. In terms of plants you find - Fuegian saxifrages, gaudichaud’s orchids, gorses, orange hawkweeds, scurvy grass, vanilla daisies, as well as yellow, pale maidens.

Lastly, don’t forget that Darwin is 2km away from Goose Green, and only a 30-minute drive to New Haven or Port Howard. If you are interested, you can add these to your itinerary on the day you visit Darwin.

Volunteer Point

The stunning Volunteer Point peninsula is located on the northern side of East Falkland and is a privately owned natural reserve. The Peninsula was named after the ship Volunteer which arrived at the Islands in 1815 and is a 3-hour drive from the Falklands capital.

Once you arrive at Volunteer Point, you will not only fall in love with the white sandy beach, high grassy banks, sand dunes, but also with its inhabitants. And no, we are not talking about humans, we are talking about penguins! There are three distinct species of these cute birds living here; King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Not only that, but Volunteer Point is home to the largest king penguin colony in the entire Falkland Islands. To be more precise, 1000 king penguins breed at Volunteer Point and raise around 500 chicks each year, so if you are a fan of this graceful penguins add Volunteer Point to your itinerary.

But penguins aren’t the only birds here, and in fact, Volunteer Point has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). A total of over 40 birds bird species have been recorded here so don’t be surprised in case you spot - Falkland steamer ducks (75 breeding pairs), ruddy-headed geese (100 pairs), Gentoo penguins (100 pairs), Magellanic penguins (2000 pairs) and White-bridled finches, South American terns, rock cormorants, kelp gulls, peregrine falcons, hawks, Magellanic and blackish oystercatchers, as well as upland geese.

Other than that, you might also be able to spot dolphins, sei whales, along with southern sea lions which can usually be spotted on the coastal waters waiting for penguins. And when it comes to plants you will see some sea cabbage, carpets of cushion-bog, daisy- flowered shrubby fachine, as well as the tasty teaberries.

This is a place to enjoy nature and to feel it’s undeniable harmony.


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The Falkland Islands have a cold maritime climate. This means the islands have winters that are cold, wet and windy; whilst the summers are cool, wet, and windy. It is cloudy and humid throughout much of the year, and the average daily temperature in summer is 10 °C (50 °F), while in winter it is 2 °C (35 °F).

Even though slightly milder, the Falkland's weather is quite similar to that of Iceland. This is due to their shared sub-polar location; the Falklands lie 480 kilometres (298 mi) from South America and to the north of the Antarctic convergence, where cooler waters from the south mix with warmer waters from the north.
The days are longer during summertime, though you should be prepared for the days from being overcast. It often snows in winter, but only rarely will it settle due to the fierce winds present during this season. The highest recorded temperature is 26 °C (79 °F), while the lowest is -11 °C (12 °F)

The Falkland Islands are a year-round destination but the best time to go is during the Austral summer which runs from December to February which is the mildest period on the archipelago. Still, don’t think that this means there won’t be any rain or wind, summer is still cold.

If you are wondering about what you should pack, the list is simple - in winter (June to August) stick to; warm clothes, down jacket, hat, gloves, wind jacket, raincoat or umbrella. In summer (December to February) make sure to bring; s sweater, shirt, jacket, raincoat or an umbrella.


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