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7 days - Self-drive with Heima i Stovu and Tórshavn with local family hosted dinner
Adrift in the frothing swells of the North Atlantic, this mysterious 18-piece jigsaw puzzle of islands is at once ancient and very modern. The proud, long-suffering Faroese character has been forged from Viking blood, Christian piety, Scandinavian openness and an awe for the humbling nature that's all around.
When visiting the Faroes, you are never more than 5km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The countryside is dominated by steep mountains and there are about 80,000 sheep and some 2 million pairs of seabirds, including the largest colony of storm petrels in the world, puffins and gannets.
This 7-day self-drive tour of the Faroes takes you on a sleep over near the bird cliffs of Mykines, the beautiful village of Saksun with its natural amphitheatre of cliffs and the village of Gjógv. You will enjoy a family home dinner in Tórshavn and stay at a boutique seaside hotel on the water's edge.
- Day 1
- Arrive at the Vágar Airport and pick up car
- Day 2
- Drive to Mykines and transfer by ferry for an overnight stay
- Day 3
- Morning walk before travelling to the Suðuroy ferry and out to Heima i Stovu
- Day 4
- Explore the remote island Suðuroy
- Day 5
- Ferry back to Tórshavn and settle into your seaside hotel
- Day 6
- Hiking and guided city tour before a local home dinner
- Day 7
- Departure Day
- Start/End Place
- Vágar, Faroe Islands tours
- Country Visited
- Faroe Islands tours
- 7 Days
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
By car, ferry and on foot
- Late afternoon and evening tour, including ferry ride and B&B stay on the islands of Mykines, famous for it's bird cliffs
- Boutique accommodation in Tórshavn, twin share with private facilities, free WIFI
- Daily breakfast
- Dinner while staying in Mykines
- Mykines hiking fee
- Guided Hiking tour
- Home Dining meal with locals
- Rental car
Gratuities to the guides. You can upgrade to 'The View' cabins but requires a two night stay in Hotel Vagar.
Tunnel fees not included during the drives.
Day 1 - Arrive at the Vágar Airport and pick up car
Arrive at the Vágar Airport and pick up car. Dinner can be at the cafe close by at the fjords end or head to Faroe Fish Dinner, a 15 minute drive back to Sandavágur.
If you are wanting to stretch your legs this afternoon, hiking to Slave Cliff (Lake Above the Ocean) is a 6.5 km hike, taking an hour to walk out at a leisurely pace, small hiking fee applies at entrance to this private land.
AccommodationHotel Vágar - please note that there is no reception or dinner at this hotel.
Day 2 - Drive to Mykines and transfer by ferry for an overnight stay
Drive to Mykines. You will then board the ferry and arrive late afternoon with the boat Jósup. Your local guesthouse hostess and guide Oda will meet you by the boat and take you to the guesthouse.
Here you will enjoy dinner in an old house dated 1895, one of the oldest houses in the village of Mykines. There are only 50 houses and 15 all-year-around inhabitants on Mykines Island. In the summer, there are 30-40 people on the island after the last ferry has left.
You will experience the calmness and stillness of the island. Hear the birds singing, the river run through the village and the sheep calling for their lambs. Hear the roaring waves and stroll through the village in the quiet evening.
After dinner, your hosts will bring a picnic of coffee and sweets as you head out for an evening hiking tour to meet and greet the puffins and the gannets and see the sunset. Remember that you have light until 11pm in the evening in the summer in the Faroe Islands.
You will sleep in cosy B&B double rooms on the first floor under the ceiling in the guesthouse.
Day 3 - Morning walk before travelling to the Suðuroy ferry and out to Heima i Stovu
Morning walk before travelling to the Suðuroy ferry via Torshavn. The car ferry is approximately 2 hours so sit back, grab a hot drink and enjoy your time with locals. On arrival, drive to your accommodation this evening, Heima i Stovu.
The boutique hotel is set in a family house built in 1912 and newly refurbished to resemble a great-grandparents’ home in the same village. It is a perfect place to enjoy a break from your everyday hustle. Immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere in Hvalba, hike in the beautiful mountains surrounding the village, and enjoy food made from local ingredients. Bring your own book or dive into our vintage collection in the cozy sitting room and be transported back to a timeless period.
AccommodationHeima i Stovu
Day 4 - Explore the remote island Suðuroy
This morning, you have a hiking tour included with a picnic lunch. Depending on the weather, your guide will escort you to their favourite spots along the cliff tops and valleys.
The highlight of your stay will be the included meals with a kitchen full of love and memories. Located on the ground floor, the kitchen has direct access to the kitchen garden and a short walk to the nearby shared village allotment where the locals experiment with the berries and vegetables their local climate can sustain.
Day 5 - Ferry back to Tórshavn and settle into your seaside hotel
This morning, ferry back to Tórshavn, check into your hotel and settle in. When you are ready, head out on an old town tour to get your bearings and enjoy the history of this port village. Walk through the narrow cobbled streets, between traditional wooden houses with grass turf roofs, which date back many hundreds of years. You can also take in the the old fortress, the marina and the peninsular known as Tinganes, where you will walk through the iconic redwood, grass-roofed buidings of some the oldest parliament buidings in the world.
Tórshavn has a lively bar and restaurant scene - your reception staff can give you recommendations for your evening meals.
AccommodationSeaside, newly renovated, boutique hotel Hotel Havgrim 1948.
Day 6 - Hiking and guided city tour before a local home dinner
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and join a group hiking tour. Start the walking tour, past Mannafelsdalur, the site of a bloody Viking battle 700 years ago where mounds of grass still grow with a red hue, said to be the blood of the slain Viking rebels, while in the distance, the NATO radar listening station nestled high above the Faroese landscape reminds us of more modern conflict.
Hike to the panoramic and truly breathtaking views overlooking Vágoy and Trøllkonufingur....a photographer's dream! .... and a landscape that would grace a Tolkien legend. Then walk over the ridge to an open landscape with lake views at Vatnsdalur and down to Norðadalur, with spectacular views of the islands Hestoy and Koltur, where you will pause for Faroese delicacies and refreshments, before taking a short drive into the capital, Tórshavn.
Here you will take a historic tour of the ancient and narrow cobbled streets that wind in and out of the traditional wooden, grass-roofed houses that truly define the Faroe Islands and on to Tinganes, to explore the ancient site and traditional red wood, grass-roofed buildings of the oldest parliament in the world.
This evening from 7pm, join the locals for a special home cooked meal. More and more people in the Faroese are offering ‘heimablídni‘, translated as ‘home hospitality’, where they invite people into their own homes for a dinner and a chance to get to know the locals.
Durita and Fróði serve an exciting menu with the special taste of fermented food, which is called ræst in Faroese. Traditional dishes with a milder taste are also on the menu.
The couple, who live in the capital, Tórshavn, serve dinner in their authentic Faroese home with a beautiful view. You will taste 10-12 different Faroese specialities, prepared by Durita and Fróði.
Day 7 - Departure Day
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. 2023 prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs. There is the option to stay in centrally located 3 star city hotel as a standard option.
31 Aug 2023
31 Aug 2023
Please note the weather conditions can be wild and unpredictable in the Faroe Islands. Your guide may change the itinerary at short notice to suit the local conditions. Ferries can be cancelled due to rough sea.
Helicopter flights can be included.
There are new guidelines for protecting the Puffin colony at Mykines which your guide will advise you on.
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