Falkland Islands

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Cruises to the Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

PLA20-24 A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

18 Oct - 7 Nov, 2024

Berths start from:

13350 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species

PLA24-24 This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

6 Dec - 25 Dec, 2024

Berths start from:

17250 USD

Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species

OTL25-25 This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

10 Dec - 29 Dec, 2024

Berths start from:

13550 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species

HDS25-25 This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

17 Dec, 2024 - 4 Jan, 2025

Berths start from:

14600 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species

HDS26-25 This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

4 Jan - 22 Jan, 2025

Berths start from:

15750 USD

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Guide’s Choice for Binoculars: Swarovski Optik

Our guests often ask us what they should pack when it comes to the more optional polar travel gear, such as cameras or binoculars.

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Antarctica and My Old Friend, Ortelius: Passenger Story by Ann Lane

I was on the recent Antarctic trip on Ortelius, 16 Feb - 7 March. This has been my third expedition with Oceanwide, and I continue to be very impressed by the experiences.

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by Alison Newman
What a trip, very helpful and knowledgeable guides, “hotel” staff all very pleasant. Food was excellent, lots of salads, fruit, fish etc. Staff were safety conscious. Exceeded all my expectations, the wildlife, the dramatic scenery,,the staff , the food etc. Would highly recommend the tri Read full review
by Debra Smith
My trip on Hondius was fabulous! Every single day there was something amazing to see or learn about. The staff was incredible, friendly, knowledgeable, passionate, and kept us safe. I loved seeing all the wildlife on our landings and from the zodiac cruises. The Expedition Team and the Hondius crew helped to create the memory of a lifetime!
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by Bruce Acton
Melanie and I had the most wonderful Antarctic experience with 95 of our now closest friends. The crew, the guides, and hotel staff all provide exception service to each and every guest. The wildlife and scenery were mindboggling. Read full review
by Ellis Jansen
This trip has exceeded all our expectations: we had fantastic Arctic weather (though a big rough sea at some days), we saw so much wildlife and the ship, its crew and all the facilities were amazing. Outside it just looked like a decor of an unbelievable wilde life film. Ice bergs everywhere, birds, penguins, whales, seals: they were all there and they were with many. An unforgettable journey, an experience you will never forget. Our expedition leader made all the right choices, our guides were knowing and unbelievably enthusiastic. Yes, these trips are quite expensive, but you forget about that as soon as the ships sails out of Ushuaia.... Read full review
by Blanca Ramos Gonzalez
After quite some research we decided to join Oceanwide expeditions for the Antarctic experience. It was the best choice ever, I cannot find any faults on this trip. The Hondius ship is amazing, confortable, the atention, the food and all the crew espectacular. In this trip, we had very good weather most of the time which it was an add on. Our team leader and all our guides were very attentive and knowledgeable telling us many interesting facts and leading us to see amazing sites and a huge amount of whildlife on all the zodiac outings. Every day is full of activities to keep you very busy and entertained. The whole vibe of the trip was great. Thanks for such a good experience.
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by N. Morskate
With the trip reversed due to weather conditions we had the luck to have smooth sailing and fantastic landings at various great nature spots. Read full review

Falkland Islands FAQ

The climate in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) is typically cool, but there is not a lot of annual precipitation, and snow does not typically stick to the ground. Smaller amounts of rain fall on a regular basis.

No matter what time of year you travel to the Falkland Islands, you will not experience a temperature lower than -5 to 24°C (23 to 75°F). Cloud cover is common, and this minimizes the effect of long summer days.

Although summertime can be as warm as 24°C (75°F), the average high temperature in January and February is 9°C (48°F). The average high during the winter months is 2°C (36°F).

Anyone who takes a voyage to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) can expect to see a large and diverse group of birds. In fact, this is one of the area’s primary sources of biodiversity. There are 16 endemic bird species, and a total of 63 species use the Falkland Islands for breeding purposes.

Some wildlife highlights include southern rockhopper penguin, South American terns, and the black-browed albatrosses. Travelers might also spot South American fur seals and southern elephant seals.

Stanley is the capital of Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). This town is located on East Falkland Island, and it is the region’s largest settlement. Stanley provides the main shopping hub for the Falkland Islands. In 1843 work first began on turning Stanley into a settlement, and it was named the capital just two years later.

As of 2012, the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) had a population of 2,932. More than 2,100 of these people live in Stanley, which leaves the rest of the islands sparsely populated. Residents of the islands are referred to as Falklanders, and they typically use the name “town” when referring to Stanley. The majority of the island’s residents are native-born and descend from British ancestors.

The Falklands (or Islas Malvinas) exercised its right to self-determination in 2013 and voted to retain their status as an overseas territory of the UK. The island has its own government and is financially independent.

Many visitors to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) include a stop around West Falklands during their travels. Several islands in the area hosts a great variety of breeding birds and rookeries of rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses, and imperial shags.

Most of the islands are hilly and mountainous, which makes them an interesting place to explore during an expedition cruise. Additionally, the Falklands’ biodiversity makes the islands an ideal choice for bird and wildlife lovers around the world.

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Falkland Islands weather

The overall climate of the Falkland Islands is quite similar to that found amongst the British Isles, except with more sunshine in any given year. However the islands are quite windy and the wind can sometimes carry a chill, so be prepared with appropriate layers.

An average spring day (between October through November) in the Falklands will have temperatures around 10°C.

Facts about the Falkland Islands

  • The Falkland boasts a robust population of almost 3000 people.
  • Most of the people living on the islands are of British descent and are known as “Kelpers”.
  • Sheep vastly outnumber human beings on the island, with a population of around 500,000. That’s around 166 sheep for every person.
  • There’s only one true town on the Falklands – Stanley, with a population of a little over 2,100 people.
  • There are no native trees on the islands. Any trees you see on your Falkland Islands expedition have been imported.
  • 80% of the Earth’s Black-browed Albatrosses make their breeding grounds on the islands.
  • There are 5 different species of penguin to be found on your Falkland Islands holiday.

Travel to the Falkland Islands

Join us for a Falkland Islands trip and come explore some of the 778 islands and islets that play host to a vast array of wildlife. Your Falkland Islands expedition offers you an abundance of activities including shore walks, hikes, and even diving for the experienced.

A Falkland Islands holiday is a bonanza for bird watchers – over 220 different species of bird call the Falkland Islands home or use them as their breeding grounds. And for those who prefer their wildlife on the ground or in the sea when you travel to the Falkland Islands you’ll have the chance to meet a variety of porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, and whales.

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