Located about 300 miles off the coast of South America in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Falkland Islands are isolated, wild and beautiful. The place is probably most famous because it was at the center of the conflict between Great Britain and Argentina in 1982, in what is known as the Falklands War. But it is a destination that has many offers for adventurous travelers who want to visit off the beaten path places, including amazing landscapes, rich wildlife and a intriguing history dating back almost 300 years.
The main attraction of the Falkland Islands are wild animals - penguins, many birds and sea mammals. It is interesting that here they have 350 sheep per each person and, of course, wool is their main export. Fishing and horseback riding are the two most popular sports activities with hiking, climbing, sea kayaking and mountain biking for travelers who have a more adventurous spirit.
About 3,000 people live in the Falkland Islands, and about 2,000 people live in the capital, Stanley. The city will give visitors the impression that they have entered an English village, along with British architecture, flags, telephone booths and accents. Unusual shops, restaurants and pubs fill the picture, although they are not the only locations located in Stanley. There are also several monuments of the maritime and military heritage of the island, as well as a museum dedicated to the history of the Falklands.
More than 70% of the world's black albatross population breeds in the Falkland Islands, and the largest of these colonies can be found in a place called Steeple Jason. This small island is remote, even by Falkland standards, and not easy to reach, but those who are lucky enough to visit this place will have a great opportunity to see these beautiful birds that allow visitors to approach even a few meters from their nests.
Part of the fun of visiting the Falklands gives you the opportunity to explore on your own. Leave the capital Stanley and rent a car to explore the region on your own. There are several beautiful small villages to visit, including Salvador, known for its beautiful wilderness, and also Darwin, which has some good hiking trails. These smaller villages are marvelous, beautiful and sparsely populated, but provide an insight into life in the Falklands from a different perspective.
The Falkland Islands have a humid subarctic climate, which is heavily influenced by the cold South Atlantic Ocean. Snow and sleet are common during the winter. Strong westerly winds are constant in many parts of the island. Most visitors to the islands come between November and March.
Whether you are looking for adventure or looking for more peaceful pleasure, the Falkland Islands are a great place to relax and unwind.