The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) offer a broad variety of spectacular wildlife, rough scenery, fascinating geology, maritime history, good hiking and, of course, the warm hospitality of the people.


During your visit to the isolated location you will explore some fascinating locations of this archipelago. During hikes and zodiac cruises you get great views of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, Rockhopper penguins, Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.


In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, you can experience Falkland culture, which has some South- American characteristics as well as Victorian charm.


Below are possible locations that you will visit during you expedition cruise to the Falkland Islands.


The Falkland Islands

Bleaker Island - George and Barren Islands - Grand Jason - Grave Cove - New Island - Pebble Island - Sea Lion Island - Steeple Jason - West Point Island - Saunders Island - Carcass Island - Port Stanley


Bleaker Island - 52°12′ S 58°51′ W

Bleaker Island is located just off East Falkland. Spectacular wildlife includes large breeding colonies of Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins and Imperial shags. You may also spot the rare flying Steamer duck. Sandy Bay, a beautiful white beach and Big Pond offer excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Listed as an ‘Important Bird Area', the land north of the settlement is a designated national nature reserve.

George and Barren Islands - 52°22′ S 59°42′ W

George and Barren Islands are located south of East Falkland and form the southernmost working farm in the Falklands. The islands are free from introduced species such as rats. The small bird population thrives with many breeding pairs of Tussac birds and Cobb's wren. They share the islands with elephant seals, southern sea lions, abundant southern giant petrel colonies and gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Both islands are recognised as "Important Bird Areas". Shearing demonstrations are sometimes given.

Grand Jason - 51°03′ S 61°03′ W

The Jason Island group is a chain of remote islands off West Falkland. Grand Jason, as its name suggests, is the largest of the group. Cat and rat free, it is home to a large number of small birds as well as Black-browed Albatross, Striated Caracara, Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. The entire group of islands are either privately owned nature reserves or government owned National Nature reserves and there is no smoking permitted anywhere on the islands. Unpredictable weather and strong tidal currents make landings difficult.

Grave Cove - 51°36′ S 60°64′ W

Grave Cove is part of Hope Harbour Farm, located on the mainland of West Falkland, adjacent to West Point Island. It is home to the largest colony of Gentoo penguins, along with a number of other interesting birds including ruddy-headed geese, speckled teal and crested ducks. Sea lions are often observed. The area has spectacular scenery, with the high cliffs of Death's Head in the distance.

New Island - 51°43′ S 61°18′ W

New Island is located off Weddell Island in the far west of the archipelago. The most remote of all the inhabited islands in the Falklands archipelago, New Island is a popular destination for small expedition ships that enjoy the stunning scenery, bird watching, offshore dolphin sightings, as well as penguins, sea lions and fur seals. The entire island is a Nature Reserve and is home to over 40 of the Falklands' breeding bird species. Ship passengers land steps away from one of the oldest building in the Falklands; built in 1812-13, the Charles Barnard building, having been carefully restored now houses a small museum and visitor centre.

Pebble Island - 51°28′ S 59°64′ W

Pebble Island is situated north of West Falkland. Pebble is scenically attractive, the mountainous western half contrasting with the grassy plains of the east. It has some of the most important wetlands and wildfowl breeding areas in the Falklands along with penguin colonies, king cormorants and sea lion haul outs. A stunning 4 mile long sand beach doubles an airstrip for the local Government Air Service Planes to land.

Sea Lion Island - 52°26′ S 59°05′ W

Sea Lion Island is situated to the south of East Falkland. Beautiful tussac plantations cover one fifth of the island and provide a perfect habitat and protection for much of the island's varied fauna, including elephant seals and sea lions. Besides the tussac, there are sand beaches, cliffs, freshwater ponds and heathland, all with their own wildlife. The 47 different species of breeding birds to be viewed on the island include four species of breeding penguins and five different birds of prey. Every year brings exciting sightings of vagrants. Pods of killer whales circle the island in pursuit of the elephant seals and sea lions that breed there. Leopard seals and larger whales are also seen from time to time.


Steeple Jason -  51.03° S 61.18° W

The Jason Island group is a chain of remote islands off West Falkland. Steeple Jason, which rises sharply from the sea, is undoubtedly one of the most dramatic islands in the archipelago. Home to the world's largest black-browed albatross colony, the area is of significant importance to conservationists. Large numbers of Striated Caracaras, Falkland Skuas and Southern Giant Petrels also breed here. The entire group of islands are either privately owned nature reserves or government owned National Nature reserves and there is no smoking permitted anywhere on the islands. Unpredictable weather and strong tidal currents make landings difficult.

West Point Island - 51.36° S 60.64° W

West Point Island lies off the northwest corner of West Falkland. It is a working sheep farm but home to numerous species of plants, birds and marine mammals. The main destination for visitors to this island is Devil's Nose - a rocky promontory with over 2,000 pairs of black-browed albatross and about 500 pairs of Rockhopper penguins. Spectacular cliffs are a feature of the coastline. As well as the rich wildlife, the picturesque settlement and small harbour often teeming with dolphins make this island well worth a visit.

Saunders Island - 51°20′ S 60°10′ W

Saunders Island is the fourth largest of the Falkland Islands, lying north west of West Falkland.


Wildlife on the island includes Rockhopper, Gentoo, Magellanic and King penguin, Black-browed Albatross and many other birds. As far as the Magellanic penguin, Saunders Island is near the southernmost limit of this bird's range, whereas the Gentoo ranges much further south into Antarctica. There is also a small breeding area for Elephant Seals at Elephant Point.


Carcass Island - 51°15′ S 60°31′ W

The island's grim sounding name comes from the ship HMS Carcass, which surveyed the island in 1766.


Wildlife present includes Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins, King Cormorants and the Striated Caracaras (aka Johnny Rook). Marine mammals (sea lions, elephant seals, dolphins) are regular visitors to the beaches.



Port Stanley - 51°41′ S 57°51′ W

Stanley or Port Stanley is the capital and only true city in the Falkland Islands. It is located on the isle of East Falkland south of Stanley Harbour.


It's a very charming settlement of houses on a hillside overlooking natural harbour. The character of the town and Stanley is dictated by the brightly painted corrugated iron roofs on most of the dwellings.
There is a old church with an arch made of the jaw bones of four huge whales that pay a reminder to one of the sources of the islands prosperity in the past.