Planning your Faroe Islands holiday: 29 July
Don't miss Faroese National Day – 29 July – A day of celebration.
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5 days - Discover the Faroe Islands for yourself - easily combined with Iceland.
Discover for yourself why the Faroe Islands are voted as National Geographic Traveler magazine #1 Island Travel Destination. Visit the charming capital of Faroe Islands, perfect for those looking to get a flavour of the Faroe Islands in a short space of time, followed by two nights in the serenity of the small picturesque village of Gjógv.
Start your journey by staying amongst the colourful buildings in one of the smallest capitals of the world, Tórshavn, for two nights. Visit the charming pedestrian precinct where visitors can shop for local crafts and fashion design, listen to music and visit the fish and food market on the harbour, take a stroll through the town's old centre, characterized by densely built wooden houses, some with traditional turfed roofs and narrow alleys. With your rental car, you have the opportunity to also explore the surrounding areas while in town.
For the last two nights of your visit, you will stay at the peaceful and cosy guesthouse Gjáargarður. Spend your days as you please, for example hiking on your own in the hills and mountains around Gjógv. You could even walk to the very top of the Faroes' highest mountain Slættaratindur which is nearby. Gjógv is also known for its special natural harbour. If you wish to explore further, the central location of Gjógv makes this ideal.
By car and on foot.
Tunnel fees where applicable 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.
Arrive to Vágar Airport and pick up your rental car and map, and get ready to explore the Faroe Islands.
Before starting your drive towards Tórshavn, take a drive to the small and picturesque villages Bøur and Gásadalur. The tour offers an unparalleled view of the fjord, the islet Tindhólmur and Mykines. Until recently, the only way to get to charming Gásadalur was on foot from Bøur and over the mountain. Although there now is a tunnel to Gásadalur, the village is still unspoiled and has preserved its charm and authenticity.
Continue to Tórshavn, about an hour's drive from the airport. On the way there you will pass the first subsea tunnel, which at the deepest point, is more than 105 meters under sea level. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the town's excellent restaurants.
After breakfast, meet your local guide at your hotel. After short 15min drive, explore Mannafelsdalur, the site of a bloody Viking battle 700 years ago, and enjoy the panoramic and truly breathtaking views overlooking Vágoy and Trøllkonufingur during the hike. Pause will be made for Faroese delicacies and refreshments along the way, before driving back to Tórshavn.
Here we 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. A truly iconic image of the heart of the Faroe Islands!
After the tour, you will have time to discover the charming pedestrian precinct where visitors can shop for local crafts and fashion design, listen to music and visit the fish and food market on the harbour. Take a stroll through the town's old centre, characterized by densely built wooden houses, some with traditional turfed roofs and narrow alleys. If you are interested in art, pick up a map from the tourist information highlighting the many sculptures and statues found in the town. Worth a visit is the Faroese Museum of History and Natural History, a short drive, or 2-hour hike away.
Why not head out for a boat trip to Nólsoy island, only a 20-minute ferry ride away but a different world from the busy capital. From June 1st to August 31st the island has a tourist information centre near the harbour, from where you can get the best tips for hiking on this small island.
With your rental car, you have the opportunity to also explore the surrounding areas while in town.
Today, head off in your car to Eysturoy via Streymoy and to the small village of Gjógv. On the way, stop at Vestmanna to join a 2-hours boat trip to see the famous bird cliffs. Here the cliffs shoot over 600 metres straight up in the air. Thousands of seabirds have their home here in the summer
Along the way we also recommend stopping at the viking settlements in Kvívík. The trip continues over Streymoy - crossing "the bridge over the Atlantic" for Eysturoy - futher to Eiði where you can see the famous rock formations known as the "giant and the old hag" and also Slættaratindur (882 meters), the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands.
You could also take a quick trip to Saksun and Tjørnuvík today. Saksun is surrounded by steep mountains and a lagoon-like lake with a sandy beach leading the way out to the Atlantic Ocean. If the tide is going out you can walk all the way out to the sea. Back in the village, you can visit the church and the old farmhouse Dúvugarðar. Tjørnuvík, on the other hand, is the place where the Vikings settled first in the Faroe Islands. It's now a sleepy, small village with a beautiful beach.
Enjoy the next two nights at the unique Hotel Gjáargarður in Gjógv. There is a small restaurant within this quaint hotel and dinners are included in your stay. Every Wednesday from 01. June until 31. August, there is a Cultural evening at the hotel. If your stay falls on Wednesday, the cultural evening is included.
Stroll down to the beautiful small harbour of Gjógv, and if you are up for a hike, follow the path along the sea cliff for amazing views over the village. For hikes further, either to the local sea stack or to the highest mountain of Faroes, the Slættaratindur (882 meters), ask for more info at the guest house.
If you want to explore further, drive to Klaksvik, the 2nd largest town of the Faroe Islands and onwards to Viðareiði, where - if you are fit - you can climb the mountain north of the village to the top of the world's highest promontory, Enniberg. On the top you will have a excellent view over Fugloy, Svínoy, Borðoy and Kunoy.
From Viðareiði to Kunoy - where you can enjoy a walk in the very nice plantation. Then to Klaksvík again where you can visit Christians church, the church in Klaksvík which is said to be the most beautiful church on the Faroe islands.
Take the opportunity to visit Kalsoy which is known for its many legends. The best known is the legend about the seal woman who was captured and forced to marry a farmer´s son from Mikladalur and had children with him. But she longed to go back to the sea and one day when her husband had gone fishing, she found the key to the chest where her sealskin was hidden, put it on and returned to her natural element. See the beautiful statue of the seal woman in the village Mikladalur.
Drive to the airport and, depending on your flight time, explore the small villages close by before dropping off your rental car at the airport.
All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.
For a greener option, please ask us about changing your vehicle to a 'green' car; either a diesel or a hybrid.
Don't miss Faroese National Day – 29 July – A day of celebration.
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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.
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.