East Falkland is home to the Islands’ capital, Stanley, as well as many other interesting settlements and lots of lovely areas of coastline. Some places are easy day trips from Stanley but many are worth a longer stop-over to allow more time for exploration.
Many settlements on East Falkland have established accommodation, from remote cottages to well-provisioned lodges. Itineraries can be easily designed to include as many nights as you may need to enjoy an area that appeals to you.
East Falkland can be broadly divided into two areas separated by an isthmus. Each area is distinctly different; each has a range of attractions and activities.
“Camp” is the word used to describe all the land outside Stanley, from the Spanish word for countryside “campos”. It’s a word that visitors will often hear and helps to understand both the geography and some social aspects of the Islands.
The “North Camp” is a scenic, hilly area, characterised by beautiful white sand beaches, stone runs and a range of hills, Wickham Heights, which includes the Falklands’ highest peak, Mount Usborne, at 705m (2,312 feet). Settlements nestle along the coastline and there is a variety of wildlife.
The Great Plain of Lafonia lies to the south of the isthmus, a flat, open area of land with glorious golden hues and open skies creating landscapes of contrasting colours. Settlements are sparse and the best wildlife is at the most southerly point. Lafonia has much historical interest.
Travel around East Falkland is generally by road though some settlements do operate airstrips and can be reached using the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS). Off-roading is not usually permitted with hire vehicles but local guides provide trips to many places of interest. Their driving skills along with accompanying commentary and anecdotes bring to life trips to remote locations.