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Falkland Islands Expedition: Past & Present

Falkland Islands, Argentina

Falkland Islands Expedition: Past & Present

Hiking
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Start: East Falkland
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End: East Falkland

This 8-day trip is one for the wildlife and history buffs.

Activity
Hiking
LocationFalkland Islands, Argentina
Duration8 days
Start / EndEast Falkland / East Falkland
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Falkland Islands, Argentina

Falkland Islands Expedition: Past & Present

Hiking·
8 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: East Falkland
·
End: East Falkland

Description

The windswept moors and meadows of this remote birders haven hold plenty of history both natural and human. Small and sparsely populated, this Antarctic neighbour has nonetheless remained the source of numerous sovereignty disputes, most famously the tragic Falklands War of 1982. This 8-day trip is one for the wildlife and history buffs. See crags dotted with sea birds and war memorials, explor...

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Itinerary

Day 1Stanley
Home to a treasure-trove of birdlife, rocky beachheads and friendly residents, Stanley is a unique mix of a small English town and wild frontier outpost. Your Falkland Islands adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 3 pm at your lodgings. Keep an eye out for a sign directing you to the meeting, or ask reception where it will take place. Please make sure you have your insurance and next of kin details to pass on to your leader.
Day 2Stanley City Tour
This morning you’ll have your first opportunity to spot penguins in Gypsy Cove, just 20 minutes from Stanley. A colony of magellanic penguins call this wind-swept bay home, and you can watch them waddle from a well-situated viewing platform. Visit the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world (and one of the smallest) which features a monument made from whale bones in its yard. Snap a photo with the Totem Pole, which features directions to towns as far-flung as Seoul and Tamworth. You’ll also see government house and the Liberation Memorial, which honours British Forces that served during the Falklands War. End your three-hour tour with a stop at the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, located in a historical dockyard site.
Day 3Stanley/Argentinian & British Cemetery
Travel about an hour southwest to the Argentine Cemetery in Darwin, which houses the remains of Argentine soldiers who lost their lives during the 1982 conflict. Continue to Goose Green. Once a relatively healthy settlement and location of a tallow factory, the area is now known primarily as the location of the first land battle between Britain and Argentina during the war. The Battle of Goose Green was a devastating and protracted fight that ended up having wide-ranging repercussions both for the war itself and the public image of the conflict. Travel around an hour to reach the British Cemetery of San Carlos, which holds the remains of the British killed during the conflict. Drive past various battlefields and get a sense of the physicality of the conflict and the terrain it was fought on. Finish up a day of historical travel with a visit to the San Carlos Museum of History. It’s small but packs a punch, stuffed with artefacts both military and civilian.
Day 4Stanley/Estancia Fitz Roy
Delve deeper into the dark recent history of these rugged islands with a visit to Estancia Fitzroy. On 8 June 1982, Britain suffered their most severe casualties during the war when two landing ships were hit by Argentine air attacks. Forty-eight were killed. Learn about the string of events that lead to this tragic event and visit the many memorials that dot the cove nearby. Explore the mountains and hillside of Fitzroy, stopping to visit the village hall, where some items of historical value and on display.
Day 5Stanley/Volunteer Point
Enjoy the scenery during a rollicking 4WD journey towards Johnson’s Harbour Farm. Follow a penguin track to colonies at Volunteer Point, where you’ll have a chance to see king (Aptenodytis patagonicus), gentoo (Pygoscelis papua papua) and magellanic (Spheniscus magellanicus) penguins. Explore the area on foot, snapping photos and getting up close and personal (well, up to a distance of six metres) with some of nature’s most enchanting birds.
Day 6Stanley/Moody Brook Valley trek
Today you’ll tackle the rough and craggy Falkland Islands terrain with a hike. Lace up and head towards Moody Brook, the starting point for a trek that will last between 3 and 5 hours. There are numerous points of interest for hikers across East Falkland. The area is known for its harsh beauty – from vast moors to rocky meadows. Depending on weather and terrain conditions, you may have the chance to tackle Tumbledown Hill, Longdon Hill or Wireless Ridge.
Day 7Stanley /Free Day
Today you are free to explore East Falkland at your own pace. Maybe head out on another hike to tackle more of the islands craggy terrain. If you’d rather spend the day relaxing, don’t despair. It’s not just the landscape and Anglican cathedral that gives Stanley the feel of a little Britain – it’s also the pubs. If you feel like a classic pub grub, head for one of the locals, complete with a Union Jack flag and inexpensive lager. There are a handful of eateries in town, many of them focusing, unsurprisingly, on seafood. Fresh squid is an islands speciality, as are trout and goose pate. 
Day 8Stanley/Departure day
Today your Falkland Islands adventure comes to an end after your included transfer to the airport.

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Trip title

Falkland Islands Expedition: Past & Present

Trip code

GGKF

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

The windswept moors and meadows of this remote birders haven hold plenty of history both natural and human. Small and sparsely populated, this Antarctic neighbour has nonetheless remained the source of numerous sovereignty disputes, most famously the tragic Falklands War of 1982. This 8-day trip is one for the wildlife and history buffs. See crags dotted with sea birds and war memorials, explore b... Read more

Style

Comfort

Themes

Expedition

Transport

Minivan

Physical Rating

2

Joining point

Malvina House Hotel

Finish point

Malvina House Hotel

Important information

NEW TRIP Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Group leader

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leade... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Communications

It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure; please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour. It is also good for sharing information and photos with th... Read more

Visas

PASSPORT: Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or frie... Read more

Why we love it

Get right up close to king, gentoo and magellanic penguins on the beach.

Is this trip right for you

Temperatures in the region can be very variable. Make sure you pack layers and clothes suitable for hiking and walking in the cold.

Health

All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themsel... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll have the opportunity to experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. Special dietary requirements can usually be catered for as long as we are advised in advance.

Money matters

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in ... Read more

What to take

Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles. Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible. You'll also need ... Read more

Climate and seasonal

The climate of the Falkland Islands (or Malvinas), is cold maritime. As this is a seasonal Expedition we only run the trip in the warmer months of February & March, even then the average temperature is around 10 °C (50 °F). The influence of the sea and the constant winds reduce the temperature range, so the islands rarely experience warm weather, as well as intense frosts. However the Westerly w... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

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Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation set up to enable our travellers to help make a difference by supporting local communities, projects and non-government organisations in the places we travel. The smallest contribution can make an enormous difference and all donations to The Intrepid Foundation are matched dollar for dollar (yes, we’ll double your donation!). We support a range... Read more

Accommodation notes

Hotel (7 nights) The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especiall... Read more

Transport notes

Private Vehicle

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes... Read more

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