Falkland Island Tour Companies
Harbor Entrance, Stanley
Cruise Ship Access to the Falkland Islands
Most visitors arrive in the Falklands by cruise ship during the summer season (January). The anchoring location for ships is quite far from the pier. The weather can be bad even in summer, so there is about a 40% chance that cruise ship tenders can’t operate for shore excursions. There are also rare cases where cruise ship tenders could not get back to the ship the same day, so visitors were forced to overnight on the island. As recently as 2013, marine workers delayed cruise ships from departing to the Falklands from Argentina as a form of political protest.
Volunteer Point King Penguin Beach Walk
Access by Air to the Falkland Islands
Access by air is limited both by the isolation of being 300 miles off the mainland of South America and by the strained relationship with Argentina. The Mount Pleasant Airport (MPN) is used by LAN Airlines, which offers weekly flights to Santiago via Punta Arenas, Chile. There are monthly flights to Rio Gallegos in Argentina. The British military has a base at Mount Pleasant with regular connections to the UK via Ascension Island. The military flights allow some non military personnel on board.
Visit the Falkland Islands – Background
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory inhabited by about 3,000 British people. The land is barren and barely able to support sheep grazing. The economic base is founded on fishing and the British military. There is also significant support from the production of wool and from cruise ship visits. Once you leave the port town of Stanley, everything else is referred to as “Camp”, which is an appropriate reflection of its isolation. For more information on the Falklands, visit the Falkland Island Tourist Board web site.
Argentine Helicopter Frame, Falklands War