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Wildlife, Wilderness, And Discovery

Getting off the beaten path in the Falkland Islands

eTN Staff Writer  Sep 30, 2009

With autumn fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to start planning your adventure to the Falkland Islands, located 400 miles off the southeastern tip of South America. The latest edition of Footprint’s, the infamous South American Handbook, is hot off the press, providing an essential resource for anyone heading to the Falklands - packed full of advice on how to get off the beaten track.

The Falkland Islands are a must for intrepid travelers passionate about wildlife, wilderness, and discovery. Whether you’re interested in walking, wildlife, photography, or history, you’ll find everything you need in this new handbook: comprehensive listings for hotels, B&Bs and restaurants, activities, events listings, plus photography and handy maps. Author, Ben Box, parts with his wisdom and first-hand experience of the destination with suggestions of where to go and what to do.

One thing’s for sure, the Falkland Islands are full of surprises, and here are the top five experiences not to miss off any Falklands itinerary - the "must-sees," as well as some of the more unusual experiences:

See the Penguins at Volunteer Point
Home to the world’s most accessible colony of nesting king penguins, join a guided 4WD excursion to the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Volunteer Point. At just over a 2.5 hours’ drive from the capital, Stanley, visitors are guaranteed to see gentoo and Magellanic penguins, while sea lions and dolphins can often be seen in this wildlife sanctuary.

Island Hopping, Falklands-style
Traveling in a Falkland Islands Government Air Service 9-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft is the way to take in this stunning archipelago. Where else would your pilot also be the postman and your lodge host doubled up as your airport baggage handler?! Flights operate to major settlements and islands including Sea Lion, Bleaker, Saunders, Pebble, and Carcass Islands; each has a diversity of flora, fauna, and natural beauty to discover.

Revisit Falklands History
Take a guided or self-guided historic walk around the capital, Stanley, to unveil a maritime history that spans back to the seventeenth century. The Falkland Islands Museum in Stanley shows a fascinating insight into the islands’ past. A battlefield tour of Goose Green or Mount Tumbledown, led by local people with expert knowledge, will evoke memories of the 1982 conflict.

Boat Trip to West Point Island
Experience vast numbers of black-browed albatross, rockhopper penguins, and superb cliff scenery on an excursion to this island off the most north-westerly point of West Falkland. During the hour-long boat journey, dolphins will keep you entertained and on arrival you can explore the picturesque settlement.

Explore Camp
Camp is the local term for everything outside Stanley, derived from the Spanish for countryside, el campo. A camp visit is a must for anyone wanting to experience the real Falklands – from working sheep farms to spectacular beaches bursting with plant life and wildlife, including elephant seals, sea lions, and penguins.

For further information on the Falklands Islands plus a downloadable taster guide, please visit

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