5 Best Things To Do In Falklands This Year

The Falklands are some of the most isolated islands in the world but with a population of only 3,000 inhabitants, over 50,000 cruise ship passengers explore this historic and famous place each year.

Additionally, aeroplane passengers make up a considerable number of tourists, who can stay in the capital's 7 main hotels and smaller guest houses and cabins across the Islands.

But what are the best things to do in Falklands? Today we'll be looking at five of the best ideas, but of course there's much more you can do as well. Resources such as the official Falklands website is a great place to start as well. 

What are you waiting for? Grab your camera, pack your bags and get out there and explore the wonderful Falklands. Then combine your trip with an Antarctica expedition

5. Falklands Wildlife

  • Birds: 227 species 
  • Penguins: 6 species
  • Flora: 363 species 

Wildlife and nature are the most loved things that visitors to the Falkland Islands come to see.

There are penguins and albatrosses, sea lions, elephant seals, different types of whales, dolphins, and a wide assortment of feathered creatures can be found all through the islands.

The Cobb's Wren and the Falkland Flightless Steamer Duck, have a special place among Falkland’s animals. Additionally, five types of penguins including the; King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni, Royal, and Magellanic, are all available to see here. 

These penguins can be seen in different areas over the islands. There are also many shy animals such as the Queen of the Falklands Fritillary butterfly, as well as a large number of native local blossoming plants.

Credit: Wikipedia

4. Explore Stanley Island

  • Population: 3,000
  • Area: 250 ha
  • Founded: 1843 

Situated on East Island, Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands and is home to over 3,000 individuals. A stroll around the avenues of Falklands uncovers much about the island’s life and is an opportunity to see some fascinating sights.

You can arrange a guide from the Jetty Visitor Centre and choose many different sights to visit including Christ Church Cathedral, the Whalebone Arch, the Pioneer Cottages, Victory Green, Kay's Gnome Garden, the Whalebone Display and the Liberation Monument. 

Or opt for a wildlife tour and explore some of the amazing life on this Island. 

3. Go Hiking

  • Try Here: Bertha's Beach
  • Or Here: Carcass Island
  • But Go To: Pebble Island 

The Falklands offer some superb climbing for the individuals who need to get out and take some exercise to stretch their legs.

There are a couple of trails near Stanley, yet to genuinely encounter what the Islands bring to the table you ought to get out to a progressively remote spot.

The odds of running into other individuals are practically nonexistent and the scenes are fully open.

You'll get the opportunity to see some of the enormous winged birds on your way, and you'll walk where barely any other tourists will ever go. 

Credit: Falkland Travel

2. Explore Battlefields

  • When: 1982
  • Who: UK + Argentina
  • Visit: San Carlos

The 1982 Falklands War left its blemish on the islands in a bigger number of ways than one.

While a significant number of local people keep on having enduring recollections of that contention, there are still bomb holes, military gear, and even live ammunition littering the scene. 

A few guided tours in Stanley can sort out a voyage through the close by combat zones, taking guests through a portion of the more crucial standoffs of the war both by walking and by vehicle.

Most tours end up visiting the British military cemetery at San Carlos. 

1. Dockyard Museum

The Historic Dockyard Museum is a place worth visiting for each guest to the Islands. The historical centre shows off social and sea history, vegetation, fauna and topography. 

Uncommon displays on the 1982 war and Antarctic connections give extra understanding into these significant parts of Falklands' legacy.

The buildings that structure the historical centre complex are the most established in Stanley, dating from the start of the capital during the 1840's and incorporate recreations of the old printing office, phone exchange, smithy and a wash-house. 

Other features incorporate a natural history area including an assortment of bones and fossils, just as a lot of data identified with the islands' association with close by Antarctica.

According to Michael Palin, 'The Historic Dockyard Museum is a well-designed, well run, friendly place with an awful lot of history to learn about and enjoy.'

How To Visit Falklands Islands?

Getting to the Falklands is actually easier than you think, despite being one of the most remote Islands in the world. The quickest way is to make your way to Santiago, Chile with direct flights on LATAM from Melbourne and Sydney. 

Once in Chile you can take a once a week flight from Santiago (SCL) to the Falklands. The plane actually stops in Punta Arenas (PUQ) where you'll go through immigration to leave Chile. 

This often means you'll need to spend a full 7 days on the Island which can be expensive due to the lack of accommodation, especially during peak travel times. 

Another flight is operated from Sao Paulo in Brazil with a stop in Cordoba, Argentina however this means two extra countries and if you need a visa for these countries the cost can add up!

There is another option with a twice weekly flight from Oxfordshire in the UK with a stop in Cape Verde. This flight is operated by the UK ministry of defence and must be booked via the Falkland Islands Government Office in London. It's another interesting way to get there. 

Or you can take one of the numerous cruises that visit these Islands, however it's likely you'll only spend 1 or 2 days in port. More than 40 different cruise ships stop at the Falklands each year as part of their summer itineraries. 

Once there you'll start your adventure in the Falklands. 

James Hunter

Last Updated: April 28, 2020 by Rhys