A small group of more than 740 islands the Falklands are located approximately 650 kilometres of the southern tip of South America. A territory of the United Kingdom the Falklands made worldwide news in a dramatic conflict between Argentina and the UK in 1982. Today the islands main source of income is tourism, the sale of fishing licenses, and the export of agricultural products.
The Falklands experience very similar weather to the UK but with increased sunshine hours and on average a little less rain. In winter expect the occasional light fall of snow and temperatures that can drop to around -5ºC.
There are two main islands with just one town, Stanley, the islands capital, the rest of the inhabitants live in small rural settlements, or on remote farms. The pace of life on the Falklands is not hectic, rather its isolated location meant that until 1997 there was no internet, and only in 2006 was broadband introduced – one year after the first mobile phone network became active.
Without any towering mountains most of the Falkland Islands mountain biking is restricted to cross country riding and bike touring. Just following the coastal roads and tracks you will experience an abundance of coastal wildlife.
Getting to the Falklands generally means travel by air taking a weekly flight from Santiago Chile, or arriving on board a cruise ship directly into Port Stanley. For those wanting to travel direct from the UK, the UK Royal Air Force operate flights carrying commercial passengers on an epic 18 hour flight including a stop on Ascension Island on route. This service may operate up to two flights per week but is subject to military priorities.
Whatever way you decide to travel to the Falklands a MTB holiday at a laid back pace. Experiencing wonderful local hospitality and the opportunity to get up close and personal to amazing wildlife.