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The Falkland Islands, also known as Isla Malvinas, is a wild territory. Visitors flock to the Islands to admire raw nature or get away from it all. With a small local population on the islands, it feels quite isolated, safe, and calm. However, for a successful trip, you need to do some research on the location. Below you will find a short guide and a few things that you should know about the Falkland Islands before you get there.
Note that you may need a visa to get to the Falkland Islands. Not all nationalities are visa exempt, which is why we recommend that you check out the visa policy of the Falkland Islands. You can use the Visa Checker Tool in the top right corner to find out more information.
You need a valid passport, a return flight ticket, and proof of accommodation (a hotel reservation confirmation should suffice). While it is not mandatory, it is recommended that you get travel insurance as well. This often provides coverage for being airlifted from a life-threatening situation on the islands, although this is an unlikely scenario.
You have multiple options for getting onto the Falkland Islands, depending on where you are from. Direct flights are available from the UK and Chile. If you love ocean cruises, you can also go to the Falkland Islands via luxury ship - it is a wonderful experience, if you have the time and means to try it.
The best time to visit the Falkland Islands is in their summer, but be aware that summer in the Southern Hemisphere is in December, February, and January. Be prepared to find lots of tourists during that time. Some fascinating things happen during the tourist off-season. For example, in September, the seal pups make an appearance on the beaches! This is also the time when you can spot orcas offshore. November is yet another excellent time to visit the Falkland Islands because that is when baby penguins start to appear.
While you might not expect it, the cuisine in the Falkland Islands is fantastic - you will be pleasantly surprised. Fine dining is possible in the Falkland Islands, and be sure to try some of the local delicacies.
While internet access is possible on most islands, you need to purchase a card from the hotel you are staying at. Most hotels provide Wi-Fi, but on Weddell Island, for example, has no internet access at all. If you are lucky, you can find a lodge and ask for permission to use the internet.
We advise you pack light for the Falkland Islands. You will need a pair of durable walking shoes - and waterproof footwear is not a bad idea too. Warm clothes and lots of layers are essential because it can get really chilly at times, especially if you visit during the winter seasons (June - August). Last but not least, don't forget to pack a good camera since you simply won't want to stop taking pictures of the scenery.