Falkland Islands - Geography and Maps
Situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, approximately 650 km (400 mi) from the southeastern tip of South America are the Falkland Islands, an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. This territory is made up of an archipelago of more than 740 islands. The two main islands, East and West Falkland, account for approximately 91% of the total area of the nation.
East Falkland is the largest of all the Islands in the archipelago, home to more than 85% of the country's population and the tallest mountain in the Islands (Mount Usborne, 705m).
Part of the appeal of the Falklands is the change in the natural environment and wildlife between locations. The destinations detailed here are merely a starting point for planning your own Falklands' adventure and should not be regarded as an exhaustive list of all you can see and do.
"West is best" is the common catchphrase used by those lucky enough to live on the Falklands' second largest island. Accessing the West has never been easier - with flight and ferry access available from neighbouring East Falkland - providing direct access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the Islands.
Once you're ready to set out, be sure to read the Countryside Code to make sure you get the best of your experience. Always check with the landowner first for permission to access land - in a few cases there may be a small fee for this. Visitors making an overnight stay at a destination can usually do this via their accommodation provider.
Undoubtedly the highlight for many visitors is the handful of outer islands scattered around the edges of East and West Falkland, accessible by plane and in some cases by cruise ship and boat. Each island offers something different to its neighbour, both in terms of flora and fauna and natural beauty.
Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, is a colourful seaside town nestled around the waters of Stanley Harbour. The town boasts many reminders of its British heritage, such as red phone boxes and six distinctly English pubs. Visitors can enjoy the many military monuments, Museum, Philatelic Bureau - and of course retail outlets and restaurants.
Falkland Islands Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to the Falkland Islands.
Learn about the history and culture of the Falkland Islands, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about the Falkland Island's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering the Falkland Islands for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Falkland Islands tours today!
Extend Your Trip
After your Falkland Islands tours why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.
Latin America by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Falkland Islands tours, vacations and experiences. To design the best itinerary for you, we at Goway would like to know how specific your interests are for;
- Meeting the people
- Hearing about the 1982 Conflict
- Encountering specific wildlife
We also offer Antarctica cruises that stop over in the Falklands.
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