Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Of war and penguins

The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territort 480km (300 mi) off South America
Site of a 1982 war for control between Argentina and Britain, in which the latter was victorious
Main appeal is its wildlife (penguins and albatrosses, for instance), spectacular scenery and the quaint town of Stanley

On those fateful days in 1982, Argentina invaded and Margaret Thatcher's United Kingdom decided to battle it out with the Argentineans for control of the Falklands. One can wonder if the Falklands War had never taken place, many people would be aware of its existence at all. But instead, these islands roughly 480km (300 miles) off the Argentinean coast, are now a household name across the world.

The Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas) are a British Overseas Territory consisting of the two main islands of East Falkland and West Falkland, and completed by a series of hundreds of sometimes tiny other islands. And although their name may mostly be out there for the short war that was fought here in the early 1980s, in fact they can be a quite interesting place to visit. Either as part of a greater Antarctica itinerary or just to visit in their own rights.

In both cases you would mainly come here expecting to see the six species of penguins and other wildlife like sea lions, whales, albatrosses. Besides island hopping and exploring the ruggedly hilly terrain, you will likely also spend some time in capital Stanley, home to 2,000 of the total 3,000 inhabitants of the Falklands. In this quaint town with a British ambiance you will find the 1982 Liberation Memorial, the interesting Falkland Islands Museum and Christ Church Cathedral. As well as of course the pretty views over Stanley harbor.

The main place of entry by air is Mount Pleasant airport, while cruise ships frequently dock here too. When on land transport is typically by 4x4, and if you go island-hopping you can expect to travel by smaller airplanes landing on grassy strips or runways. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Falkland Islands is a region in Falkland Islands. It is situated at an altitude of 0ft and the best airport to fly into is MPN (Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in Falkland Islands is the Falkland Islands pound (FKP)

Falkland Islands Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

55 55 54 48 45 41 39 41 45 48 52 54

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.8 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.1 2 2 1.5 1.6 2 2.8

More Falkland Islands travel resources

We read through a bunch of stuff before writing up our review, and this Planetware list of 10 things to do in the Falklands was the most extensive and useful. As always Lonely Planet has a few thoughts to add while Wikivoyage does a fine job at giving us the basics too. Finally, the Falkland Islands Tourist Board can't be omitted here, naturally.

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