Falkland Islands

Getting there

Air

Flights from Santiago to Mount Pleasant, via Punta Arenas with
LAN
, www.lan.com, leave every Saturday and, once a month, stop at Río Gallegos in Argentina on both the outward and return flight. Passengers should confirm flights 24 hours before departure. For more information on LAN flights, see the website (tickets may be bought online), or contact
International Tours and Travel Ltd
, www.falklandstravel.com.

The UK Ministry of Defence operates an airbridge to the Falkland Islands twice a week. They depart from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, and take about 20 hours including a refuelling stop in Ascension Island at the half way point (passengers can stop over if they wish). For the latest MoD schedules and prices, contact the
Falkland Islands Company Travel Department
, fic.travel@horizon.co.fk, or the
Falkland Islands Government Office
in London, travel@falklands.gov.fk.

Airport information

Mount Pleasant airport is 35 miles from Stanley.
Falkland Islands Tours and Travel
, transports passengers and luggage to and from the capital for £15 single. Departing passengers should make reservations.


Sea

Cruise ships en-route to/from South Georgia and the Antarctic are also a popular way to visit the Islands. Vessels typically visit between October and April each year. Passengers usually land for tours of Stanley and nearby sites, pub lunch, farmhouse tea, and call at outlying islands, such as Saunders, Carcass, West Point, New and Sea Lion Islands. Further details of companies that include the Falklands/Malvinas in their itineraries can be found on
www.visitorfalklands.com
and at
www.iaato.org
.

Length of stay

As flights from Chile only go once a week, stays in multiples of seven days are the only option. In one week you can see Stanley and a couple of nearby attractions, plus a bit of West Falkland or one or two islands, but the inter-island flight schedules will determine how much time you can stay on the outer islands. In two weeks you can see much more of East and West Falkland and several outer islands. The airbridge from the UK offers more flexibility. Cruise ship passengers do not disembark for more than a few hours.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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