Travelling around the archipelago is the essence of the Falkland experience. The excitement of boarding the Islander aircraft, especially for those lucky enough to be honoured with the place in the front seat, is one that never diminishes, no matter how many times you have made a journey by FIGAS (Falkland Island Government Air Service) plane.
Views from above are amazing. Look down to see little dots of sheep stream across the open spaces and vehicles pick their way along tracks. Watch out for an elusive whale-blow or penguins porpoising through the vast ocean. You can be sure that your pilot will point out unusual and impressive sights.
Hosts will be ready at the airstrip to meet-and-greet you. By the time luggage is loaded along with supplies from Stanley, you will feel like an old friend, up-to-date with the latest news and gossip. Then don’t forget to listen to the local radio to hear your name announced with every detail of your next move!
Itineraries booked through agencies should include all necessary flights and transfers leaving visitors able to simply relax and enjoy the experience. Independent travellers can make their own arrangements by booking directly with FIGAS but must have accommodation booked before flying.
Travel overland in a 4x4 vehicle is equally enjoyable. Experienced guides offer tours and transfers by request with a selection of popular destinations including wildlife colonies, battlefields and other places of interest. Roads link many locations but off-roading is definitely part of the fun so look out for excursions which include this. Hire vehicles are available for self-drive.
Opportunities to travel on boats around the Islands are limited but some fantastic day trips are available, for example to Kidney Island. A ferry operates between East and West Falkland transporting foot and vehicle passengers from New Haven to Port Howard.
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