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Falkland Islands Travel Guide: 247 reviews and 559 photos

Just a stone throw away from the South American continent in a strategic position are the Falkland Islands.
A 18 hours flight from the "Motherland" Britain will get you here or a one day boat voyage from Ushuaia in Argentina.
Far away from Britain on the other side of the world these enchanting islands offer contradictions with wild and windswept mountains overlooking white sand beaches, treeless landscapes teeming with captivating wildlife and inhibited by a tiny community of welcoming people.
The Falkland Islands were first sighted in 1592 by British seafarer Captain John Davis on the ship Desire, however it took almost another 100 years until the first landing was recorded, when Captain John Strong landed on the Falklands in 1690. British administration started that day and was only interrupted on April 2, 1982 when Argentina attacked and invaded the islands. A British expedition force restored British sovereignty on June 14, 1982 with a massive onslaught against the Argentine Armed Forces.
Today some 1500 British military personal are stationed on the island to ensure that another attack will not be forthcoming, since Argentina still claims that these islands are part of its territory.
Next to some 2500 inhabitants of the islands, of which most live in Stanley. They have to share the islands with plenty of wildlife; one can find 185 different species of birds, some 500.000 breeding pairs of penguins, elephant seals, dolphins, whales, and much more in this terrific nature paradise.
This is an unusual destination - but an exciting and enchanting island group to visit. When I realized that it was on my schedule I was more then excited, and was not disappointed when I explored this friendly town and its surrounding!
This page is a summary of tips - for more detailed information please visit my Stanley and Bleaker Island pages.

  • Last visit to Falkland Islands: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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