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Falkland Islands: A Wilderness Untamed

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Nestled in the southern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, where winds whip across vast open spaces and wildlife reigns supreme, the Falkland Islands, also known as Islas Malvinas, beckon intrepid travellers.

This incredible archipelago of more than 700 islands boasts stunning white sand beaches, seas of beautiful blues and sparkling aquamarines, rocky crags and untouched landscapes. Yet it is often overlooked. For the ocean loving adventure seekers in our community the Falkland Islands have so much to offer – not least when you arrive or leave by sail. 

We’ve summarised five compelling reasons why this remote outpost deserves a coveted spot on your travel bucket list.

And better still, we have four incredible sail adventures you can join to and from the Falkland Islands. 


1. A Wildlife Wonderland:

The Falklands are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering an extraordinary display of nature’s diversity. Massive colonies of penguins—gentoos, rockhoppers, and kings—rule the rocky shores, while albatrosses soar gracefully above. Arriving by sea offers a chance to see seals lounging on pristine beaches and sea lions frolicking in the surf. The untouched landscapes provide a rare glimpse into the symbiotic relationship between land and wildlife, creating a living spectacle that will forever be etched in your memory.

2. Battlefields and History:

The Falkland Islands bear witness to a tumultuous history, most notably the Falklands War of 1982. Delve into the island’s past as you explore historic battlefields, visit memorials, and gain insight into the resilient spirit of the Falkland Islanders. Engage with locals whose stories embody the enduring strength of a community shaped by adversity. This living history adds depth to the breathtaking scenery, making every step on the Falklands a journey through time.

3. Off-the-Grid Adventure:

Escape the well-trodden path and embrace the thrill of off-the-grid adventure. The Falklands offer a pristine wilderness where nature remains unbridled. Whether hiking through windswept landscapes, kayaking in sheltered coves, or fishing in the abundant waters, the islands cater to those seeking an authentic connection with the great outdoors. Revel in the solitude of vast expanses and discover the raw beauty that comes with venturing beyond the ordinary.

4. Captivating Culture:

The Falkland Islands may be remote, but their culture is rich and vibrant. Engage with locals in the charming capital of Stanley, where colorful houses line the streets and warm smiles welcome visitors. Immerse yourself in the island’s unique way of life, from traditional music and dance to the celebration of local festivals. The Falklands are more than a destination—they are a cultural tapestry woven by resilient communities.

5. Breathtaking Landscapes:

From sweeping, windswept plains to dramatic coastlines and rolling hills, the Falkland Islands boast landscapes that stir the soul. Capture the essence of this wild beauty with every step, whether standing on rugged cliffs overlooking the ocean or traversing vast stretches of untouched wilderness. The Falklands are a photographer’s dream, a palette of nature’s most awe-inspiring hues waiting to be explored and immortalized.

In the Falkland Islands, a world untouched by the hustle of modern life unfolds. Here, nature reigns supreme, history whispers through the wind, and adventure beckons the curious soul. Embrace the call of the wild and discover a destination that defies expectations—a place where the spirit of exploration is alive and well. The Falkland Islands await, a wilderness untamed and an experience unparalleled.


How to Get to the Falkland Islands?

One of the questions we get most from people considering a trip to the Falkland Islands is how to get there.

We work with several tall ships who sail to the Falklands and who you can join as hands on crew. Unquestionably the best way to arrive!

For those starting or ending their trip by flight travelling to the Falkland Islands is easier than you might think.

Many visitors choose to arrive via Chile. LATAM operates a flight every Saturday from Santiago, Chile (SCL) returning the same day. A stop is made each way at the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas (PUQ) where customs formalities for Chile are completed. Once a month the flight stops in Rio Gallegos, Argentina (RGL).

The Ministry of Defence, UK, operates twice weekly flights from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, directly to the Falklands with a refuelling stop in Cape Verde. Flights leave the UK on Sundays and Wednesdays. Return flights depart the Falklands on Tuesdays and Fridays. Civilian passengers can book seats on these flights via the Falkland Islands Government Office in London. These flights are sometimes subject to last minute changes; travellers need to be sure that they have plenty of time available around their dates of travel to account for all eventualities.

More details here.

Here are the Top 5 Things to Do in Stanley, Falkland Islands – for those looking to make the most of their visit before or after joining a sailing adventure to get there or back!

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