Arrive at the Mount Pleasant Airport in the early afternoon, and transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Sea Lion Island. The flight time is approximately 30 minutes. The relatively low level flying provides passengers with exceptional views of the Falklands coastlines and inland scenery.
Sea Lion Island is the most southerly inhabited island and one of the smallest in the Falklands archipelago, but it is still a prime destination due to the sheer abundance of wildlife found in such a small area.
Upon arrival, a 2-hour orientation tour by vehicle will acquaint you with the principle areas of interest. During the rest of your time on the island, you'll be able to explore on foot, as most of the sites are within walking distance of the lodge.
Forty-seven different species of breeding birds make their home on Sea Lion Island, including the endangered Striated caracara, Antarctic skuas, Southern giant petrels, and a host of passerines. But birds aren't the only wildlife here! Southern sea lions play in the waters around East Loafers, and the Elephant seals bask on the white sandy beach at the appropriately named Elephant Corner. The latter are close enough to be seen from the lodge bar! If you keep your eyes open, you may be fortunate enough to see a killer whale off shore as well.
Morning transfer by FIGAS to Saunders Island, and then overland to the Rookery Inn at Rookery Mountain.
This 30,000-acre island is still an active sheep farm and is important historically for being the site of the first British settlement in 1765. However, the attraction to the wildlife enthusiast is undoubtedly the Black-browed albatross colony, which stretches from the Rookery along the north coast to the narrow sandy isthmus known as The Neck. Adventurous travelers can make the nearly 7 mile hike out the Neck where King and Rock shags, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic, King and—if you’re lucky—a few Macaroni penguins can be seen as well as the albatross.
A Rockhopper Penguin colony is right at your doorstep if you choose to stay at the fully equipped but isolated self-catering style accommodation at the Rookery. Pre-prepared meals are provided. For those who prefer to be less isolated, cottage accommodation is available in the settlement.
Morning transfer by FIGAS to Stanley on East Falkland.
Following arrival at Stanley Airport and prior to your arrival at the Malvina House Hotel, a city tour will take in both the historic and most modern parts of this small and remote capital city, as well as a visit to the museum and the Magellanic penguin colony at Gypsy Cove.
On Day 7 a full-day guided excursion by 4x4 vehicle to Volunteer Point will be a highlight of your tour. With its white sandy beach and turquoise waters, this destination has a Caribbeanesque feel to it, but the King and Gentoo penguins will bring you back to the Falklands. There is a host of other wildlife to be seen along the beach and on the lagoons, as well as spectacular scenery as you traverse the north of East Falkland.
You'll spend your last two nights at the Malvina House Hotel, ideally located at the center of town. Particularly popular is its conservatory dining room with a creative menu featuring international foods and local produce.
This afternoon, transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle. Your route will take you past many of the 1982 battlefields, and, more historically, relics from the gaucho era of the 1800s. Return to Chile and continue home or on to further South American adventures.
$895 single supplement
Rates based on current exchange rate GBP/US dollars.
Travelers can also fly from Punta Arenas, Chile, or from Rio Gallegos, Argentina, to get to the Falkland Islands.