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Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:15 pm

My partner and I have been talking about making a trip to the Falkland Islands and maybe Ushuaia next year, has anyone ever been? We've always liked taking unconventional trips, and think this would be pretty cool. I know the RAF does weekly flights from BZE, are there any other options? If anyone has any experience with getting there, and tips we'd appreciate some feedback!

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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:40 pm

I have apparently been to the capital of the Falklands, according to a sign when entering the city... Ushuaia. But not the actual Falkland Islands which are British.

Although it sounds pretty crazy, you are probably best visiting them separately, as in making two trips from the UK. I looked at travelling to the Islands from South America, and for a return flight the price was in the region of £700 - that was with LAN Chile on an A320. It is only a weekly service too, which isn't that convenient. Plus the cost of booking two one ways, into Mount Pleasant and back from South America to the UK will quite easily make it add up to more than the cost of two returns.

You have four options for getting to Ushuaia; Aerolineas Argentinas/Austral, LAN Argentina, LADE, or overland by bus. Don't discount the last two straight away, I flew LADE for the rare aircraft and then took a bus the remaining way to Ushuaia which took me through some beautiful scenery. If you are looking for a direct flight though, I'd suggest LAN. Aerolineas are just too unreliable, and more expensive. LADE are significantly cheaper, if you want to try them drop me an email and I'll send you some more information on them.


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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:28 pm

I've been there for 2 weeks in March this year and can tell that it's paradise if you're nature lover. Except for the temperature, but still a must see!

we flew in with LAN from Rio gallegos and back to Punta Arenas.

LAN operates 1 weekly flight (saturday): SCL - PUQ - MPN and v.v. Once a month they stop at RGL (2nd Saturday going, 3rd Saturday back). I have to say, ticket prices were not low, but still acceptable.
Problem from Europe is that the flight from SCL does not connect, you'll have to stay overnight.

RAF indeed operates special flights from Brize Northon twice a week, with stop in Ascension Island.

Inter islands flights are operated by Britten Norman Islander of FIGAS, which is a quite unique experience. There's no real schedule, flights are planned as per the requests. The day before departure, the final schedule is published and hotels, lodges are contected to advertise the schedules to the passengers. Even the radio broadcasts the schedules, including the names of the passengers travelling from where to where. Sounds strange to hear your name on the radio, especially when it's a quite difficult Flemish name...
http://www.falklandislands.com/conte.../get-around/internal-flights-figas


Anyhow, an experience to never forget.
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:34 am

Never been however I would very much like to go, its a shame that they are a bit "tricky" to get to

A direct service from EZE should be established maybe 2 weekly.
 
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:59 am

Ive not been, quite a long and probably varied trip to get there from the UK. Amazingly though in the news this week has been mentioned our vulnerability to another invasion again there. Now thats a far away place i dont want to be in if that happened again.
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:24 pm

I've been to USH - it was associated with an Antarctica trip. Liked my time there. We flew from EZE on Aerolineas Argentinas charter flight. It was great to fly into USH on a 744. Love the terminal - just so different.

It's not a big place, but we found friendly people, good food, and a range of activities.
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:41 am

The British Navy was there is May of 1982. Perhaps if you can find a member of Her Majestys Navy who was there
ask him.
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:37 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 1):
Although it sounds pretty crazy, you are probably best visiting them separately, as in making two trips from the UK. I looked at travelling to the Islands from South America, and for a return flight the price was in the region of £700 - that was with LAN Chile on an A320. It is only a weekly service too, which isn't that convenient. Plus the cost of booking two one ways, into Mount Pleasant and back from South America to the UK will quite easily make it add up to more than the cost of two returns.

Hmm, visiting in two separate trips ?

Probably depends on your budget ...
Last thing i heard about the RR flights from BZZ they´d ask something like 2000,- GBP (for a one-way !) if booked by a civilian. But that was in 1998. So, i don´t know if anything has changed since. At least you´re pretty sure to sit in a Lockheed Tristar (don´t think they would fly the VC-10 pax/combi version to the falklands anymore - even as a back-up)

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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:08 pm

Quoting MHG (Reply 7):
At least you´re pretty sure to sit in a Lockheed Tristar

Indeed, big chance to end up in their Tristar.
But in the past, RAF from time to time chartered 767 from Air Seychelles and 340 from Air Tahiti NUI for these flights.

Best is to combine visits to Falklands and Patagonia. Okay, flights to/from MPN are not that cheap, but still much better than doing it in 2 trips.
Agree, a once weekly service by LAN does not offer much flexibility, but if you are into wildlife (and that's mainly the reason to visit the islands, except for visiting family) you can easily fill a week. As a matter of fact, we planned a week, but on the 2nd day decided to stay for another week!
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:09 pm

Quoting 330lover (Reply 8):
Quoting MHG (Reply 7):
At least you´re pretty sure to sit in a Lockheed Tristar

Indeed, big chance to end up in their Tristar.
But in the past, RAF from time to time chartered 767 from Air Seychelles and 340 from Air Tahiti NUI for these flights.

Are the Tristar really back on the Falkland flights? I thought the RAF has used civilian equipment on these flights for quite some time as the L1011 is already pretty stretched with commitments in Afghanistan and elsewhere. As far as I know they used FlyGlobespan B767 for some time until they went bust and then the 767 from Air Seychelles and 340 from Air Tahiti NUI
 
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:24 pm

Quoting IL62Mdakar (Reply 9):
Are the Tristar really back on the Falkland flights? I thought the RAF has used civilian equipment on these flights for quite some time as the L1011 is already pretty stretched with commitments in Afghanistan and elsewhere. As far as I know they used FlyGlobespan B767 for some time until they went bust and then the 767 from Air Seychelles and 340 from Air Tahiti NUI

No.

civilian Aircraft at the moment - usually a TN A340. The L1011's are very busy doing Afghanistan duty due to having the missile protection systems fitted to them (most).  
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:56 pm

Quoting nema (Reply 4):
Amazingly though in the news this week has been mentioned our vulnerability to another invasion again there.
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:59 pm

My dad went twice as a serving RAF Flight Sgt, thankfully JUST after the war.

Id love to go and see the island. Its a big part of English History for everything that happened in the 80s.
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:41 pm

Always wanted to go there. Some cruise ships call to Stanley if you want to do it in luxury.
 
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RE: Anyone Been To The Falklands?

Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:30 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Some cruise ships call to Stanley

Don't do it on a cruise if you really want to know the islands. Ships call at Stanley port, leaving you a couple of hours to see the capital (where honestly not much to see). Some 'expedition ships' also call at Saunders Island, Pebble Island and others. You'll get a couple of hours to explore one or another island, which is nice to have a quick look around.

Having been there, I can only advise to allow more time than one would think of in the first place. Visiting the islands mostly means that you are interested in nature and wildlife. You can easily spend 3 days at Sea Lion island for instance. Ideal to discover the island on foot, you can walk where you want, getting close to sea lions, elephant seals, rockhopper penguins, gentoo penguins,... Saunders Island is also worth a couple of days. We've been there for 4 nights (3 at The Neck, 1 at the Rookery), and thought this was too short. King, Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins, Black Browed albatrosses, elephant seals and some whales off the coast... The massive king penguin colony at Volunteer Point and other places (like Pebble Island and others)... If you're fan of wildlife, please count some extra days, you'll need them!
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