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Faroe Islands Walking Holiday

Faroe Islands Drive & Hike

Overview

The Faroe archipelago comprises 18 volcanic islands, occupying a patch of the Norwegian Sea halfway between Scotland and Iceland. They are a place to fully immerse yourself in nature and take in awe-inspiring landscapes and seascapes. Feel the wind in your hair, see colourful villages, grazing sheep, green mountains, mysterious fog and the nearby islands, which rise majestically on the horizon. The itinerary includes a hike to Slættaratindur, the archipelago’s highest peak (882m).

During the walks on this itinerary, you will be led by an experienced local guide and will have the opportunity to explore the archipelago on your own by car. Please note that local authorities have recently implemented tight restrictions regarding access to the hiking areas and on most trails, it is now mandatory to be accompanied by a local guide.

  • Gásadalur, located on the edge of Mykinesfjørður
  • Slættaratindur the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands
  • Tjørnuvíkthe northernmost village on Streymoy
  • Vestmanna Bird Cliffs – the 700-metre high cliffs provide safe nesting places for puffins, razorbills, guillemots and fulmars
  • MykinesFaroe’s most westerly outpost

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to the Faroe Islands. Visit Gásadalur

Arrival with Atlantic Airways. Pick up the rental car at the airport. Take the short drive to the village of Gásadalur, which was the last village connected to the rest of the islands by a tunnel. Enjoy the quiet and stunning view of Tindhólm. Spend the night on Vágar.

Day 2: The bird island Mykines | 3 hrs

The tour starts with a grand boat trip by majestic sea cliffs. Spot puffins, that charming little bird with a colourful beak, or the impressive gannet, which can only breed on the isolated isle to the west of the main island. Upon arrival to the island, you meet the guide and start the walk. Return and spend the night in Klaksvík.

  • Walking for the day: 3 hours, 7-8 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Klaksvík or similar

Day 3: Svínoy guided hike | 4 hrs

Take the ferry from Viðoy to Svínoy. Today’s beautiful hike starts in the village, and we walk out to the headland called Dragin, where the British used to have an outpost during WW2. There is also a bird fowling seat at Dragin. Among the birds, it is expected to see or hear whimbrels, European golden plovers, arctic skuas, arctic terns, common eiders, meadow pipits, greylags, and several species of gulls. Spend the night in Klaksvík.

  • Walking for the day: 4 hours, 5 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Klaksvík or similar

Day 4: Kallin lighthouse | 3-4 hrs

Take the ferry from Klaksvík to the island of Kalsoy. In the village of Trøllanes, you meet the local guide at the bus stop. The guide will walk with you to Kallin. After approximately an hour’s walk, you will get to the lighthouse and be rewarded by an unforgettable panoramic view. Spend the night in Eysturoy.

  • Walking for the day: 3-4 hours, 10 km
  • Accommodation: Gjáargarður or similar

Day 5: Hike to beautiful Hvannhagi on Suðuroy | 4 hrs

Because of its location, Hvannhagi has some of the most beautiful and unusual nature on Suðuroy. Together with the guide, you follow an old path across the mountain. When you reach the northern side of Suðuroy, you will have an amazing view of the nearby islands. Following a steep, narrow path, you descend to the inland lake at Hvannhagi. Return with the ferry to Tórshavn. Spend the night in Tórshavn.

  • Walking for the day: 4 hours, 6 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Streym or similar

Day 6: Hiking to the centre of the Faroe Islands | 4-5 hrs

The hike starts in Kaldbaksfjørður, where the big river Tíggjará meets the ocean. Here you meet the guide and park the car. The guide will lead you along the river and then 346 m up the mountain till you reach the exact centre of the Faroes. Enjoy the beautiful view before the hike continues to the lakes Stóravatn and Brúnavatn. Afterwards, you walk to the old Viking village of Kaldbak. Spend the night in Tórshavn.

  • Walking for the day: 5 hours, 7 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Streym or similar

Day 7: Free Day or Kirkjubøur hike or Vestmanna Cliffs boat tour | 4-5 hrs

You can have a rest day or optional tours. Hike over the mountain and back to the cultural centre of Kirkjubøur. Enjoy the majestic view over the islands of Sandoy, Hestur, Koltur, and Vágar. After arriving in Kirkjubøur, it is possible to visit Roykstovan which is approximately 900 years old. See the ruins of the Saint Magnus Cathedral and Ólavs’ church from the year 1111. If you prefer to take a rest from walking today, you can alternatively take a boat tour to Vestmanna Cliffs with lunch and visit the Saga Museum. Spend the night in Tórshavn.

  • Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, 14 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Streym or similar

Day 8: Departure

Return rental car at the airport. Departure with Atlantic Airways.

What to Expect

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in private en-suite double/twin rooms in charming hotels and guesthouses. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at or at the village pubs and restaurants.

Difficulty & terrain

This is an exciting and not challenging walking holiday, intended for a broad range of walkers. You’ll be accompanied by accomplished local guides on all hikes (read more about difficulty grades). You will be accompanied by an experienced local guide on all walks as described in the itinerary.

When to go

This trip is available to start from early June till late August on Thursdays only because there are flights from Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands only once per week, on Thursdays.

Getting there

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By plane

Our recommended airport for this tour is Copenhagen in Denmark. Atlantic Airlines connect Copenhagen with the Faroe Islands.

  • You will pick up/drop off your rental car at the airport.

Inclusions

Included

  • 7 nights in comfortable hotels and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary, private en-suite rooms
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Class C rental car – Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 or similar – with airport pick up on Day 1 / drop off on Day 8
  • Experienced local guide for the hikes on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as detailed in the itinerary
  • Return ferry on Day 2
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Ferry tickets – unless mentioned as included
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is NOT available to solo walkers as it would be cost-prohibitive
  • Boat trip to Vestmanna Cliffs, lunch, Saga Museum visit on Day 7
  • Rental car upgrade

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