The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) are a bunch of islands off the eastern coast of Argentina. Currently they are a British Overseas Territory but this claim has been fought (physically and diplomatically) by Argentina at various points in time.
Some of the islands are public and some of the islands are private. For the latter, you typically need permission from the owner and this could involve a landing fee.
The islands are somewhat rugged, both physically and climatically, but very rewarding for the wildlife and landscapes. I find them to feel like remote parts of Scotland with swaths of tussock grass, rocky crags and coastal environments.
Most of the islands will lack accommodations and services. For goods, many islanders rely on delivery by ship or plane. The main shopping, and most populated, town would be Port Stanley on the east coast.
The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) are sometimes on the route for expeditions to and from Antarctica as an extension, or circular route. While not as stunning as South Georgia Island (which is usually also on this circular route), the Falkland Islands are certainly an interesting place due to their remoteness and a good stepping stone into the region.
The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) are great for black-browed Albatross colonies, penguins, seals, sea lions and so forth.
Best Time to Visit the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Short Answer: Mid-October to Mid-March
Longer Answer: The Falkland Islands (aka Islas Malvinas) are warmest in the Mid-October to Mid-March timeframe however, you aren’t in for tropical weather by any means. Rather, the best reason to visit during this timeframe is the days are longer and the wildlife is active with breeding, hatching, etc.
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Currently Argentina has been more vocal about wanting to take control of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). As such, if you want to fly into the Falkland (the airport is Mount Pleasant (MPN)) you will most likely need to route through Chile. If you need to get from the Falklands to/from Argentina, you are typically going to need to make multiple connections to get there. This can change as the Argentine climate ebbs and flows.
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