White sands, vast horizons and unfettered access to wildlife
Surrounded by the fertile seas of the South Atlantic Ocean, 300 miles east of Argentinian Patagonia, the Falkland Islands are a true haven for wildlife enthusiasts who want nothing other than to escape to rugged shores with fresh sea breezes... The archipelago's hundreds of islands and islets are scattered with sheep farms and (most famously) abundant birdlife. There are numerous penguin colonies to wander amongst - you will find king, gentoo, rockhopper, magellanic and macaroni penguins - and the wild shores are also home to 70% of the world's population of black-browed albatrosses, known locally as ‘mollymawks’. Take to the seas to spot whales and dolphins, explore Stanley and admire the distinctive architecture, dip into museums to learn about the 1982 Falklands War as well as the natural history, and most of all just enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you.
Top three things to do in the Falklands
There are many wonderful experiences to be had on these remote islands. For further inspiration take a look at the trip ideas put together by our trusted local experts at the foot of this page, but in the meantime here are our top three things to do in the Falklands.
Learn about the 1982 Falklands War
You would be forgiven for forgetting that these peaceful islands were once the centre of a politically-heated war between Great Britain and Argentina, but as you explore the islands you will spot remnants of this bitter exchange. Discreet memorials and wrecked battle ships can be seen scattered across the archipelago and The Historic Dockyard Museum in Stanley has (amongst others) a wonderfully informative exhibit to fill you in on the subject.
Wander amongst the wildlife
One of the main attractions of the Falkland Islands is that you have unfettered access to the wildlife that calls the archipelago home. Visit Pebble Island to wander through the penguin colonies, admire albatrosses on West Point Island, and head to Sea Lion Island to spot elephant seals and southern sea lions basking on the sands. From November to late December keep your eyes peeled for the killer whale pods that lurk in the shallows by the seal colonies...
Grab your net and rod and go fishing
With such bountiful seas, the Falklands are a fantastic destination for the keen fisherman (or woman!). With the help of our local experts, set off to the best estuaries and rivers, each of which are chosen due to water levels or fishing conditions at the time of your visit, and enjoy the wilderness and fresh air as you fish.
Tailor-made holiday ideas for Falkland Islands
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