10 Things that will make you want to visit the Falklands
The Falkland Islands are a photographers paradise. Tremendous wildlife, gorgeous sceneries and relatively easy to reach, we like to call these islands ‘the Galapagos of the South’. Let us inspire you to visit the Falkland Islands.
You might think Antarctica is ‘the place to be’ for penguins, but you can actually find no less than 5 different penguin species on the Falkland Islands! The types of penguins you can spot are the king penguin, gentoo penguin, rockhopper penguin, magellanic penguin, and macaroni penguin. These last three species are not even found in Antarctica, making the Falkland Islands the perfect destination for penguin spotting!
2. Marine life
Besides penguins, there are many other unique marine animals that enjoy the waters here. Often you don’t need more than a walk along the beach to spot elephant seals, sea lions and fur seals. Along the shore you might also encounter dolphins, orcas and other types of whales. The opportunities for wildlife photography are endless here.
The Falkland Islands are a dream destination for birders. There are over 200 species of birds to be spotted of which several, like the Falkland Steamerduck and Cobb’s wren, are endemic to the region.
4. Breeding Albatrosses
One bird that deserves some special attention in our list is the Albatross. On several of the Falkland Islands you can find the impressive black-browed albatross. They build their nest (which is actually an elevated heap of grass and mud) close to shore so that they can easily take off to sea in search of food for their chick.
5. Island hopping
The Falklands constist of two main islands, West Falkland and East Falkland, and a few hundred smaller islands of which most are uninhabited. So no need to stay in one place! During an expedition cruise you will simply sail from one island to the next, discovering a new location with every landing. For a land-based expedition you can make use of the small airplanes that fly between islands, giving you a bonus view from the sky!
6. Hikes & walks
Most of the Falkland Islands are free to explore at your own will. There are no designated area’s or paths that you must stay on while you go for a hike. You are free to explore the hills, fields, beaches and kliffs on your own! The locals trust that visitors have a sense of responsibility and an understanding of the Falkland Islands Country Code to protect nature and wildlife. This makes walking in the Falkland Islands a unique experience when comparing it to other expedition destinations.
It is worth spending some time in the capital of the Falklands, Port Stanley. The town is a mixture of English charm with a colourful Latin American feel. You can find pubs, restaurants, hotels and the Historic Dockyard Museum here. Lying at the eastern end of the harbour is probably the most iconic shipwreck of the islands, the Lady Elizabeth, which ran aground at Whalebone Cove in 1936.
8. The landscapes & scenery
Where else in the world can you find penguins on white sandy beaches, crystal clear turqoise water, lush green hills and steep kliffs along the coast. The Falkland Islands have a truly unique landscape and each island has it’s on characteristic scenery worth exploring.
9. Easy to reach the Falklands
Compared to other destination in the southern ocean, such as Antarctica or South Georgia, the Falkland Islands are relatively easy to reach. You can fly to Stanley by plane from Sao Paulo (every Saturday), Santiago de Chile (every Wednesday) or from the UK (Sunday & Wednesday). Keep in mind that the flights might be cancelled or postponed in case of strong winds, which happens every once in a while. If you choose to visit the Falklands on an expedition cruise departing from Ushuaia, it will take a little over a day’s sailing to get there.
No matter which form of transportation has your preference, it’s always somewhat of an adventure to get there.
10. Combine with Antarctica or South Georgia
Even though the Falkland Islands are a wonderful destination on their own, you might want to see even more when traveling this far south. A great way to maximize your adventure is to choose an expedition cruise that combines the Falklands with the island South Georgia and Antarctica. This route, that takes up to 3 weeks, is often called ‘The Grand Loop’ and shows you all the hightlights of the Subantarctic and Antarctica.
Discover all our expeditions and small ship cruises to the Falkland Islands on our website, or contact us for more information.