King Penguins on Volunteer Point Beach Falkland Islands

If you have a passion for exploring the wildlife hotspots of the world, then we highly recommend planning a trip to the Falkland Islands to coincide with your trip to Antarctica.

In fact, visiting the Falkland Islands can be done as a standalone trip from South America, so it is reachable even if you are not heading to the white continent. The Falklands are located approximately 480 miles from Argentina. The islands are a naturally formed archipelago with 740 islands in total.

The Falklands are made up of sandy beaches, green pastures, and many, many natural habitats for all kinds of wildlife.

Forward Travel has a passion for all things wild and natural, and including a side trip to the Falklands with our Antarctic expeditions is something highly recommended. In fact, getting to the Falklands has become so much easier in recent years, that there really isn’t an excuse not to visit.

Falkland Islands - Magnficent Penguins and more

Magnificent Penguins And More…

It’s not just any of the ordinary birds that you can expect to see somewhere else too. The Falkland Islands are known for being home for some of the rarest species of birds. Penguins are undoubtedly one of them.

You can find a total of five breeding species of penguins on the island, including Magellanic, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni and of course the King penguins.

Apart from the types mentioned above, you will be able to witness the Black-Browed Albatross in massive numbers on the Falklands.

Sea Lion at Falklands

Sea Lions at Their Best

Along with the penguins, you can also have the experience of visiting Sea Lion Island, known to be the smallest one in the Falklands archipelago. Being a small place, getting between the many different wildlife sites won’t leave you feeling like you’ve been travelling for hours.

The southern elephant seals also breed in the Falklands, and there is even a white sandy beach named after them as the ‘Elephant Corner’ as they can be found in large numbers there.

As you take a trip around the island, you will be able to witness the east loafers and southern sea lions in abundance. All you need is guidance from the team at Forward Travel to allow you to plan correctly and maximise your experience on these remote islands.

Forward Travel - Visit Stanley

Visit Stanley To Take A Break From Wildlife Experiences

Stanley, the capital of Falkland Islands, is also an exciting place for you to visit if you want to take a break from your wildlife experiences. You can take a stroll around the town, pay a visit to the Dockyard Museum and spend some quality time in the restaurants and cafes of this quaint little town.

Stanley is like travelling through time, and if it was possible, it is more English than England itself.

You can also fulfil your quest for bird watching in Stanley itself by visiting Gypsy Cove. It is known to be the home of Magellanic penguins and black-crowned night herons. The rock cormorant and many other bird species can also be found in this place.

Final Words

Hopefully some of these insights have raised your awareness and sparked a certain interest in you to visit this fascinating destination. Now, all you need to do is to call up our experts to get started on your journey planning. Our team will give you the right guidance on when is best to travel and how best to get to the Falklands from South America.

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