An independently organised holiday to the Falkland Islands is easily achievable but there are some important points to note.
LATAM is the only international airline that services the Islands. Connect through Santiago or Punta Arenas in Chile to travel on to Mount Pleasant in the Falklands. Flights are every Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month the southbound flight calls additionally at Rio Gallegos, Argentina; on the third Saturday each month the flight stops here on the northbound trip. This enables one-week visits to be made from Rio Gallegos. Use the code MPN to search for Mount Pleasant Airport, Falkland Islands.
If you are travelling from the UK, the MOD operated flight from Brize Norton may appeal as an alternative option. With just one re-fuelling stop in Ascension Island, this provides a faster route directly from the UK. Contact the Falkland Islands Government Office (FIGO) in London for more information about this route and to make a booking.
Visitors should have accommodation booked in advance. Creating an itinerary before arrival also means that you will get the best from your trip as many locations have just a small number of rooms and very little late-availability in the high season, December to February.
Contact accommodation providers, work out your plan and make bookings. Once this is complete, you will need to arrange transport between places. If you have an island-hopping itinerary, simply contact the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) with your dates and destinations and they will do the rest. Seek advice from accommodation providers if you wish to travel by land. Vehicles are available for hire from Stanley. Drivers and guides offer transport and tours to many locations. Plan to be on East Falkland for the final night of your trip so you can connect to Mount Pleasant Airport in good time.
Bus services are available from Mount Pleasant Airport to Stanley but there are no scheduled services elsewhere in the Islands. Buses provide drop-off and pick-up to and from your accommodation. It is advisable to book in advance for arrival and essential for departure!