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8 days - Set your own agenda and pace on this hiking tour.
The Faroe Islands is a dream destination for those who love nature and outdoor activities. It is an exceptional place to travel in because there is no need to go far to experience outstanding and unspoiled nature. As much of the more rugged scenery is accessible only on foot, a great way to explore the islands is to hike around them, there are footpaths on all the islands, some marked with cairns which function as inland lighthouse to aid walkers' navigation between villages.
Join this independent tour where we will provide you with a proposed program and detailed route descriptions, but where you can set the agenda and pace for your tour, just as you like it!
- Day 1
- Arrive in the Faroes and head off on a hike along the Leitisvatn, the largest lake in the islands
- Day 2
- Ferry ride to the western most island for a hike on the bird island of Mykines.
- Day 3
- You will enjoy many options for local hikes - the highest mountains or the beach scapes & local churches.
- Day 4
- Drive via the capital Tórshavn & then hiking to Hvannhagi with beautiful views over Lítla Dímun and Stóra Dímun.
- Day 5
- Hike to the bridge over Rituskor - only if you are not afraid of the heights.
- Day 6
- Tórshavn - the lovely small capital of the Faroe Islands
- Day 7
- Hike from Tórshavn to Kirkubøur, or to the lighthouse on Borðan.
- Day 8
- Departure day - but don't despair, there is more! Visit the small and picturesque villages of Bøur and Gásadalur before dropping-off your rental car at the airport.
- Start/End Place
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Destinations Visited
- Faroe Islands
- 8 Days
- Easy independent self-drive holiday suitable for singles & couples
By car, local ferries and on foot
- Return flight with Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands (from Copenhagen) and taxes.
- Car hire group A (Nissan Micra or similar, manual) including unlimited km, CDW, airport tax and VAT.
- Accommodation with breakfast
- Hiking program
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
Incidental tunnel fees (approx. 130 kr /Euro 18), extra activities and ferry rides between islands.
If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are 'on request' and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.
Day 1 - Arrive in the Faroes and head off on a hike along the Leitisvatn, the largest lake in the islands
After arrival you will pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to Hotel Vágar - only 200 meters down the road - where you will spend the first night. If you have energy, we recommend you to start this hiking week with a hike along Leitisvatn, the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. This is an easy two-hour walk to the stunning waterfall of Bøsdalafossur, which runs from the lake straight to the sea.
AccommodationAccommodation: Hotel Vágar
Day 2 - Ferry ride to the western most island for a hike on the bird island of Mykines.
Take the ferry to the westernmost isle of the Faroes for a Hike on the amazing bird island of Mykines. You will take a hike out to the Mykines-islet, which is known for its challenging route and rich bird life, and in particular the puffins and gannets are the attraction, but you might see some inquisitive or dozing seals as well. The lighthouse in the end of the hike is well photographed and definitely worth a visit.
In the evening, drive to the small village of Gjógv and its welcoming guesthouse for the next two nights. Gjógv is a great place for discovering the northern regions of the Faroe Islands.
Day 3 - You will enjoy many options for local hikes - the highest mountains or the beach scapes & local churches.
Today, you have many options for local hikes. For those wanting an easy start, you could hike straight from the door of your guesthouse to see the local sea stacks and the views over the Atlantic, ask for more information at the guest house. If the day is clear, we also recommend a hike to Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroes. This can be done as a return trip from Gjógv.
Alternatively, you could drive to see the picturesque villages of Saksun and Tjørnuvík. If you are interested in doing the scenic hike in between the villages (we recommend from Saksun to Tjørnuvík), ask for transportation options from the guesthouse the night before.
Day 4 - Drive via the capital Tórshavn & then hiking to Hvannhagi with beautiful views over Lítla Dímun and Stóra Dímun.
Drive via the capital, Tórshavn, to the car ferry on your way to the southernmost island of Suðuroy, and check-in at Hotel Tvøroyri. Take the hike to Hvannhagi where you have the beautiful view over Lítla Dímun and Stóra Dímun.
Day 5 - Hike to the bridge over Rituskor - only if you are not afraid of the heights.
Hiking from Øravík to Vágur which gives you the chance to see a lot of the island. You can hike the same way back to Øravík, or you can take the bus back to Tvøroyri. Alternatively, take a hike to the bridge over Rituskor for some stunning photos, and only if you are not afraid of the heights!
Day 6 - Tórshavn - the lovely small capital of the Faroe Islands
Today you are heading back to Tórshavn where you will have the opportunity to go on a boat tour, just relax, go shopping or just enjoy the peaceful capital. Take a walk through the old town - á Reyni og Tinganes. Check in at your hotel for the next two nights.
AccommodationHotel Hafnia or Hotel Føroyar
Day 7 - Hike from Tórshavn to Kirkubøur, or to the lighthouse on Borðan.
Only 20 minutes ferry ride away you will experience the life on a small island called Nólsoy, where people still live the peaceful and traditional lifestyle. Hike to the lighthouse on Borðan.
We also recommend the hike from Tórshavn to Kirkubøur - the old cultural center of the Faroe Islands with historical buildings dating back to the 1100s. Visit the oldest wooden house Roykstovan with its 900 years, the Faroe oldest church from the year 1111 and the ruins of St. Petersburg. Magnus Cathedral, considered one of the greatest cultural attractions.
TransportationHotel Hafnia or Hotel Føroyar
Day 8 - Departure day - but don't despair, there is more! Visit the small and picturesque villages of Bøur and Gásadalur before dropping-off your rental car at the airport.
This hiking week has come to an end and you have a plane to catch. If you have time, take a small detour to the small and picturesque villages of Bøur and Gásadalur before dropping-off your rental car at the airport.
Price per person. Please ask us about children's prices. Early 2019 indicative price.
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
For a greener option, please ask us about changing your vehicle to a 'green' car; either a diesel or a hybrid.
It is also possible to fly from Bergen, Reykjavik & Edinburgh.
Interactive Tour Map
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Faroe Islands accommodation - self guided
If you would like accommodation other than a hotel, guesthouse or bed & breakfast, we can offer you a summerhouse. There are several to choose from all over the islands, some situated in areas of natural beauty outside the towns. Check-in is usually at 14:00 pm, and check-out 11:00 am.
Please ask us for a recommendation based on your preferences and number of family members.
Self drive on the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands has 600 km of good roads, most of which are two-lane and asphalted. Bridge, dam, ferry or helicopter connects 17 of the 18 islands. Since the arrival of the underwater tunnels on the Faroes, it is now possible to drive from the village of Gásadalur in the west to Viðareiði, the most northerly village on the Faroes.
In the Faroe Islands, there are two sub-sea tunnels for which a toll is charged: between Vagoy and Streymoy and between Eysturoy and Boray. You can pay this toll at petrol stations all over the Faroes.