Classic Falkland Islands
a week's island hopping in the unique archipelago for unforgettable wildlife experiences
An 8 day visit exploring the distant Falkland Islands, famed for their wildlife which has little fear of man. The scenery is diverse and the climate can be surprisingly mild!
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Day 1: On arrival at Mount Pleasant airport you will be met and driven to Darwin for an overnight stay, stopping en-route at battlefield sites, including the Argentine cemetery.
Days 2-3: Board a small 10-seater FIGAS (Falkland Island Government Air Service) flight to Carcass Island, West Falkland, where you stay two nights. This island is beautiful, with a high ridge and many other areas to explore. You will visit a Gentoo penguin colony, see elephant seals, and do a full day's boat excursion across to West Point Island to see black-browed albatrosses. You may even see dolphins and whales from the boat.
Sea Lion Island
Days 4-5: Board another short flight to East Falkland and small Sea Lion Island for a two night stay. There are rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic penguin colonies, inland lakes, elephant seals and sea lions. Orcas are also often spotted offshore.
Days 6-7: Take the short flight to Stanley where you will spend your final two nights. Stanley is a small town, easily explored on foot and has an interesting museum. A full day excursion out to Volunteer Point, the worlds most accessible king penguin colony, is an unforgettable experience.
The Falklands is nearly always combined with Chile. Flights with LAN to Mount Pleasant from Santiago (via Punta Arenas) operate once a week. The MoD also operates twice weekly flights from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Includes all breakfasts, dinner in Darwin and full board on Carcass and Sea Lion Islands.
Prices include the hopper flights between islands, but not international flights (which, from the UK, can either be via Chile or Ascension Island).
In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.
Standard - £2,425
- Carcass Island Lodge - rooms are in the original farmhouse, owned and run by the current owners of the island who have been there for 36 years.
- Darwin House - a lovely B&B overlooking the bay, near Goose Green and other sites of conflict history.
- Malvina House Hotel - one of the few places in town serving draught lager, the hotel has an excellent restaurant, comfortable lounge and bar area, and a sauna and Jacuzzi.
- Sea Lion Lodge - a purpose built lodge with easy access to penguin colonies and guided excursions available around this relatively small island.