6 Adventurous Things to Do in the Falkland Islands

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Discover the Top Places you Should Visit in the Falkland Islands

Located some 300 miles off the coast of South America, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, the Falkland Islands are remote, wild, and beautiful. The place is probably best known for being at the center of a conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982, in what would become known as the Falklands War. But, it is a destination that has a lot to offer to adventurous travelers looking to get off the beaten track, including incredible scenery, abundant wildlife, and rich history dating back nearly 300 years.

How to get there

Getting to the Falkland Islands can be quite an adventure. Commercial flights from Argentina are still banned due to an icy relationship between the two countries after the 1982 war. LATAM offers only one flight from Santiago, Chile, every Saturday, with a stopover in Punta Arenas en route. There are also two weekly flights from the UK, with a stop at Ascension Island en route.

It is also possible to visit the Falklands by boat, with regular departures from Ushuaia in Argentina. The trip takes about a day and a half to complete, with whales, dolphins, and other forms of marine life often seen along the way. Adventure cruise companies like Lindblad Expeditions also offer trips to the Falklands and beyond.

1. Wander the Capital of Stanley

Approximately 3,000 people live in the Falkland Islands, and perhaps 2,000 of them reside in the capital, Stanley. The city will give visitors the impression that they have entered an English town, with British architecture, flags, phone booths and accents. Quaint shops, restaurants, and pubs complete the picture, though they're not the only places to visit while in Stanley. There are also several monuments to the islands' naval and military heritage, as well as a museum dedicated to the history of the Falklands. Be sure to stop by the port, where a shipwreck or two can be seen in the waters, and no visit to the capital would be complete without passing Christ Church Cathedral and its famous whale arch.

2. Visit a Massive Albatross Colony

More than 70% of the world's population of Black-browed Albatrosses nest and breed in the Falkland Islands, with the largest of these colonies being found in a place called Steeple Jason. This small island is remote, even by Falkland standards, and not easily accessible. The weather and tides generally make it impossible to land there for weeks, but those lucky enough to visit this place will have a rare place. Steeple Jason is home to hundreds of thousands of albatrosses, many of which have a wingspan of more than 2.10 meters long. And since few visitors see, they allow travelers to get within a few meters of their nests. It is a breathtaking sight to behold.

3. Tour a Battlefield

The 1982 Falklands War left its mark on the islands in several ways. Although many of the locals continue to have lasting memories of this conflict, there are still bomb craters, military equipment, and even live ammunition scattered across the landscape. Various guide services in Stanley can arrange a tour of nearby battlefields, taking visitors through some of the most important engagements of the war, both on foot and by vehicle. The rocky and mountainous terrain on the outskirts of the capital has been the scene of several battles between the British and Argentine armies, and remnants of that combat can still be found there, including some poignant monuments to fallen soldiers.

4. Take a Hike!

The Falklands offer excellent walks for those who want to get out and stretch their legs. There are some trails within walking distance of Stanley, but to really experience what the islands have to offer, you have to move to a more remote location. The possibilities of meeting other human beings are almost non-existent and the landscapes are very open. You will have the opportunity to see some of the great birds that call the region home and will hike where few others have had the opportunity to visit.

Carcass Island is a perfect example of this. As one of the largest islands in the western Falklands, it has been a sheep farm for over a decade and a small town welcomes visitors. But for the most part it is uninhabited, offering solitude for those who want to explore on foot. Watch closely and you may even see a penguin or two.

5. Go Wildlife Spotting

Although birds are the primary creatures that inhabit the Falklands, there are some very special birds that are not found in many different places. For example, the aforementioned black-browed albatross is not a common place in most places around the world, and the islands are home to no fewer than three different species of penguins, including the grasshopper, the gentoo, and the Magellanic.

But there are also large populations of seals and sea lions, including many southern elephant seals. These creatures are found throughout the region, but one of the best places to see them is on Lion Sea Island, which actually has an inn where visitors can reserve a room for a few nights. This gives them the opportunity to really appreciate the sights and sounds of these wild creatures in their natural habitat.

6. Just Go Exploring

Although birds are the primary creatures that inhabit the Falklands, there are some very special birds that are not found in many different places. For example, the aforementioned black-browed albatross is not common in most places in the world, and the islands are home to no fewer than three different species of penguins, including the grasshopper, gentoo, and magellan.

But there are also large populations of seals and sea lions, including many southern elephant seals. These creatures are found throughout the region, but one of the best places to see them is on Lion Sea Island, which actually has an inn where visitors can reserve a room for a few nights. This gives them the opportunity to really appreciate the sights and sounds of these wild creatures in their natural habitat.

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