The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands consist of two main islands together with over 700 smaller islands and islets. The Falklands are teeming with wildlife, including 7 species of penguin, the world’s largest colonies of Black-browed albatross, the endemic Falkland steamer duck and Elephant seals. The sea trout fishing season runs from September to April with ideal conditions usually September/October and March/April.

Tailor Made Itineraries:

We arrange tailor-made tours to the Falkland Islands making use of regular flights from RAF Brize Norton or by scheduled flights via Santiago. We book flights to islands within the Falklands archipelago with FIGAS (Falkland Islands Government Air Service) and will arrange battlefield tours to Goose Green, San Carlos and Mount Tumbledown for travellers with an interest in the 1982 conflict with Argentina.

Further information: Falkland Islands Revealed

Expedition Cruises:

Each year a number of cruise ships include a stop at the Falklands on a journey from Santiago to Buenos Aires or Montevideo via Cape Horn or on an expedition cruise to South Georgia and/or on to Antarctica.

These itineraries usually only stay for a day or two visiting such places as West Point Island with notable colonies of rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatrosses,  Carcass Island with gentoo and magellan penguins and Stanley.

Unquestionably, the longer 18-21 day itineraries which combine the Falklands Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica make for the very best of expeditions. These are sometimes referred to as  Epic or Ultimate Antarctica journeys.

Further information: Falkland Islands and Antarctica Expedition Cruises

 

Stanley

Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands. With a population of around 2000 it is the smallest and most remote capital city in the world. Set in a natural harbour, the colourful seaside town has a rich maritime history from the days when sailing ships and early steam vessels called in on their journey around Cape Horn.

We thoroughly recommend a  visit to the local museum and an excursion to see the King penguin colony at Volunteer Point.

Travellers with an interest in the 1982 conflict with Argentina will be interested in battlefield tours to San Carlos (two hour’s drive from Stanley).

Carcass Island

Carcass Island is one of the most picturesque of the outer-islands and supports colonies of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins and many small birds (the island has remained free of predatory rats and cats) including the endemic Cobb’s wren, the Flightless steamer duck and Magellanic oystercatcher.  There is a small elephant seal colony too.

Carcass Island is best explored on your own, hiking up to Mount Byng, for rewarding views across to Pebble Island and Jason Island. From Stanley Hill you can look across Byron Sound to West Falkland. We recommend an excursion to West Point Island, an hour’s journey by boat.

Darwin and Goose Green

Charles Darwin visited the Islands in the 1830s on the Second Voyage of the Beagle.  The settlement was established in 1859 as a centre for cattle ranching, and later for sheep farming. At nearby Goose Green you can observe the workings of a typical Falkland farm including sheep shearing in the height of the summer. We can also arrange a visit to the battlefield sites of the 1982 conflict.

Sea Lion Island

Sea Lion Island is one of the smallest of the islands and is noted for the sheer abundance of wildlife including Black-throated finches, Falkland thrushes and Magellan penguins as well as large numbers of Elephant seal. The island is a designated National Nature Reserve and is free from predators such as cats and rats.

Pebble Island

Pebble Island, north of West Falkland, has the longest sandy beach in the archipelago and is named after the discovery of semi-precious pebbles in the 1760s. Gentoo, Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins breed here each summer and the extensive wetlands and ponds provide habitat for birds such as Silvery grebes and Black-necked swans.

Saunders Island

Saunders Island was the site of the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands archipelago in 1765, the ruins of which was be seen at Port Egmont today. Saunders has an important colony of Black-browed albatross, four types of penguin as well as Cinnamon teal, Antarctic skua, Southern giant petrel and White-tufted grebe. Fin and Sei whale are occasionally seen offshore.

Port Howard

Port Howard is an attractive settlement on West Falkland and has a population of just twenty people and around 45,000 sheep which produce about 650 bales of wool annually. Port Howard is one of the best places to fish for sea trout on the Warrah and Chartres Rivers. We recommend the 3-mile hike to Mount Maria for lovely views. Birdlife includes Gentoo penguins, Rock and King cormorants, Patagonia crested duck and Black-crowned night herons.

West Point Island

West Point Island is located off the northwest of West Falkland and can be reached by boat from Carcass Island, a journey of around one hour during which time you are likely to be accompanied by dolphins and witness birdlife swooping down to fish. We recommend a hike to Devil’s Nose, a jagged bluff teeming with 2,000 pairs of Black-browed albatross, around 500 pairs of Rockhopper penguins and a host of other sea birds.

This itinerary provides a short introduction to the Falkland Islands, giving travellers an insight into the history and way of life of the islanders and fantastic opportunities for wildlife spotting.

Highlights: Mount Pleasant – Port Howard – Sea Lion Island – Stanley

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Day 1

Mount Pleasant and Darwin

Arrival transfer from Mount Pleasant airport to Darwin.
Named after Charles Darwin, who visited the Islands
in the 1830s, the settlement was established in 1859 as a centre for cattle ranching, and later for sheep farming. At nearby Goose Green you can observe the workings of a typical Falkland farm including sheep shearing in the height of the summer. We can also arrange a visit to the battlefield sites of the 1982 conflict.

Days 2-3

Port Howard

Transfer by small local aircraft operated by the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) to Port Howard. We offer the chance to see one the Falklands' most attractive farms in action, with a guided walking tour of the settlement and a full day tour to Fox Bay.

Days 4-5

Sea Lion Island

Fly to Sea Lion Island by FIGAS small aircraft. Sea Lion Island is one of the smallest of the islands and is noted for the sheer abundance of wildlife including Black-throated finches, Falkland thrushes and Magellan penguins as well as large numbers of Elephant seal. The island is a designated National Nature Reserve and is free from predators such as cats and rats.

Day 6

Stanley

Transfer by FIGAS to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. With a population of around 2000 it is the
smallest and most remote capital city in the world. Set in a natural harbour, the colourful seaside town has a rich maritime history which will be brought to life in your city tour and visit to the local museum.

Day 7

Stanley

Full-day tour to Volunteer Point. With white sandy beach and turquoise waters this is the habitat of Gentoo and King penguins. Usually there is a host of other wildlife to be seen along the beach and in the lagoons.

Day 8

Depart Mount Pleasant

Transfer to Mount Pleasant airport in time to check in for your international flight.

This suggested itinerary can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Getting there

There are regular military flights from RAF Brize Norton which are available for British civilians but the cheapest flights to the Falklands are via Santiago, Chile. Alternatively there are cruises which combine South America, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.

Hotels

The Falkland Islands have a limited range of accommodation, from hotels to stays in the houses of residents. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to what they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Falklands Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made holiday.

Duration of your  Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your  holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in South America.