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Best Hiking Trails in Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Overview

A toss up between UK and Argentina, but administered as a British Overseas Territory, the Falkland Islands are a group of islands off the coast of southern Argentina.  Remote and sparsely populated, there are low mountains here to explore and enjoy the rugged scenery and wildlife.  The main islands are East Falkland Island and West Falkland Island, where you’ll find hikes such as up Mount Usborne and Mount Tumbledown.  The best months to go hiking in the Falklands Islands are November to March.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in the Falkland Islands. 

Capital: Port Stanley

When To Hike in Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)?

November – March
April – December: Cold

Climate: Cold maritime – winter is cold, snowy, windy; summer is cool, rainy, windy 

 

Falkland Islands Climate, Weather By Month, Average Temperature (Falkland Islands) – Weather Spark

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium – Hard: There are walking guides (listed in the Websites section) but there aren’t any trails; it is good to get guidance from locals prior to embarking on hikes.  There is a helpful tourist board in Port Stanley. 

Transportation required: Car

 

Most popular hikes in Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

There are two main islands (East & West Falkland) for hiking, plus a couple of smaller islands. Highest Mountain: Mount Usborne (705 m) on East Falkland Island.

Filter out hiking places of Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) by month

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Weddell Island

  • Weddell Mountain

Saunders Island

  • Island lying just beyond West Falkland
  • Saunders Island Transverse – a long hike taking in a couple of mountains

West Falkland Island

East Falkland Island

  • Where Port Stanley is located
  • Mt Usborne
  • Mount William, Mount Harriet, Mount Tumbledown, Mount Longdon 

Long Distance Trails of Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

  • Saunders Island Traverse

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)'s Walking & Hiking Resources

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Falkland Islands Hiking Books:

  • Falkland Islands: Bradt Travel Guide, by Will Wagstaff, 2018, published by Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3TJMgvn
  • Moon Patagonia: Including the Falkland Islands, by Wayne Bernhardson, 2017, Avalon Publishing – https://amzn.to/3Vw4HFo

 

Best Hikes in Falkland Islands:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from the official hiking websites, as well as trail maps/apps and other websites, and local tourist office:

  • Mount Usborne
  • Mount Longdon
  • Mount Tumbledown
  • Mount Harriet
  • Pilgrimage Route
  • Saunders Island Traverse

Easy Hikes in Falkland Islands:

  • Wireless Ridge
  • Mount William

 

Falkland Islands Hiking Websites:

 

Falkland Islands Official Tourism Organizations:

 

Falkland Islands Hiking Apps:

 

Falkland Islands Hiking Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife
  • Falkland War sites/artifacts

Other Important Points

  • There are minefields that are cordoned off