Wildlife holidays in the Falkland Islands
Lying some 450 kilometres from the coast of South America, amid the rich fishing grounds of the South Atlantic, these islands are inhabited by huge numbers of seabirds during the breeding season, which extends from October to March.
The spectacle of these great assemblies of penguins, albatrosses, cormorants and terns is reason enough to visit the Falklands but the islands are so much more than just a haven for seabirds.
The scenery is often reminiscent of the Scottish islands, but there are many unique aspects to life in the Falklands and visitors are constantly charmed by this blend of familiar and unfamiliar.
Our Falkland Island specialist recommends...
"The Falkland Islands tour has a fantastic combination for both the birder and the more general wildlife enthusiast with superb bird and marine mammal highlights."
In many ways the islands are essentially British in character but the South Atlantic exerts its own influences. The sight of huge Elephant Seals hauled out on sandy beaches, or Giant Petrels gliding along the Stanley shoreline, remind us that Europe is thousands of kilometres away and that the wildlife has more affinities with Antarctica!
Formerly the remoteness of the islands made them extremely difficult to visit but the construction of Mount Pleasant airfield, combined with the provision of comfortable tourist accommodation on a number of islands, has made the Falklands accessible to an ever-increasing number of travellers wishing to enjoy the remarkable natural history and fascinating way of life in this very special archipelago.
Naturetrek tour to the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands provide one of the most unusual and enjoyable destinations in the Naturetrek programme. Our wildlife holiday to the Falkland Islands focuses on the birds and marine mammals of this very special archipelago.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Falkland Islands HOLIDAYS
The holiday was superb. The Falklands are a wonderful place to visit and I consider myself privileged to have been there. Sitting two or three feet from Rockhopper Penguins is a magical moment.
Service from Naturetrek office - very efficient and helpful. (Leader was) helpful, caring and attentive. This was a very enjoyable holiday, a wonderful experience to be able to watch wildlife at such close quarters.
Overall, a brilliant holiday. The local guide, Alan Henry, was excellent and of course had lots of in depth knowledge of the best places to take us to. I fell in love with the Rockhopper Penguins!