Highlights of The Faroe Islands

Highlights of The Faroe Islands

In the Faroe Islands you will find everything from unique nature experiences, a rich wildlife and an exciting culture with down-to-earth people who do not let modern society either run past or from.

The Faroe Islands offer untouched nature, an exciting history and unexpected encounters with the welcoming locals. We have made a travel proposal so that you can see the absolute best of the Faroe Islands in a relatively short time. Everything from a full-day trip to the bird island of Mykines to meet perhaps the country’s coolest inhabitants; the puffins. For walks on Suðuroy and Tórshavn with its combination of ancient traditions and modern society.

You continue to the Nordøerne with its dramatic mountain landscape and a boat trip to Vestmannabjergene with caves and steep cliffs. The trip ends at Eysturoy where one of the highlights is a visit to the small idyllic village Gjógv with beautiful views and very peculiar nature. You have your own rental car throughout the trip and it is easy and fun to drive in the Faroe Islands with a well-functioning road network and good connections between the islands in the form of bridges, ferries and tunnels.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia and arrival in the Faroe Islands

You land in the Faroe Islands and pick up the rental car at the airport. You continue towards Gásadalur on the island of Vágar, which was the last of the Faroese settlements to be connected by road. An isolated place where it sometimes feels as if time has stood still for centuries. Behind the village the mountains rise and in front is the iconic waterfall where the water rushes directly over the cliffs into the sea. Here you enjoy the tranquility and the magnificent view of Tindhólm.

Day 2: Puffins at Mykines

Today awaits a full day trip to Mykines, the westernmost point of the Faroe Islands and a paradise for the beautiful puffins that live here. Mykines is completely car-free and there are only a dozen residents here. The excursion begins with a boat trip along the steep and magnificent rock walls before you reach Mykines itself. You can enjoy a cup of coffee at the small café before it’s time to set off on a whale watching trip. The hike from the old village of Mykines to the island’s lighthouse at Mykineshólmur is something very special. Here you really feel that you are at the end of the world. Mykines is also known for its large colonies of puffins. With their colorful beaks, they sit in the hundreds by the island’s rock walls. You have a guide with you on the excursion and lunch in the form of a packed picnic. ( F , L )

Day 3: Hiking on Suðuroy

After a short drive to Tórshavn, take the ferry to Suðuroy. The island, which is the southernmost point of the Faroe Islands, is known for its many fine walks. You can challenge yourself with trekking in the Hvannhagi area. A beautiful hike in a couple of hours through a landscape with wind and weather-beaten rock formations, green fields with grazing sheep and then suddenly you arrive at the beautiful lake Hvannhagi, surrounded by steep mountain sides and the goals of the hike. The tourist office in Tvøroyri has lots of information about the area’s various activities and hikes. ( F )

Day 4: Sightseeing on Suðuroy with local guide

You will be picked up in the morning at your B&B by your local guide who will take you around to Suðuroy’s highlights today. Here are many exciting stories and beautiful views. You also visit Tvøroyri with its many historic buildings and interesting legends about the relationship between Denmark and the Faroe Islands. You have a lunch picnic with you and there are many cozy cafes inside the small town. ( F , L )

Day 5: The world’s smallest capital

You take the ferry back to Tórshavn. The whole day is free to stroll around on your own and explore the city. A must is the old town where you wander around amidst a jumble of streets and alleys, stairs and tarred houses with green grass roofs. A feeling of having stepped back to the Middle Ages that is broken when you see that modern people live and work here. Now you take the ferry back to Gamlarætt and from here it is just a short drive to the capital Tórshavn where you spend the day Here you keep both traditions and affirm news, which makes Tórshavn a vibrant city. Feel free to make a discovery trip in the old district Reyn with alleys and houses with grassy roofs. Or visit the aquarium Sjósavnið where saltwater fish from the sea around the Faroe Islands can be seen up close. After the visit to Tórshavn, you take the car and drive to the island of Eysturoy where you will stay in the summer house which is your base for the next four days. (F )

Day 6-7: On your own in the fantastic Faroe Islands

From Tórshavn you take the ferry to Nósloy. Life here is calm and quiet – not least because there are no cars. You meet your local guide who shows you around the island and tells all kinds of stories. You see, among other things, the house Brunn, built of driftwood in the 17th century. A very special attraction is Ro-Ove’s boat. In 1986, Ove rowed all the way to Langelinje in Copenhagen to kiss “The Little Mermaid”. If you want, you can also hike up to the top of Nólsoy with beautiful views towards Tórshavn and the surrounding islands. When you go back to Tórshavn, take the opportunity to try one of the many restaurants in the city known for their fish dishes. ( F )

Day 7: Boat trip to Vestmannabjergene

The day offers an experience by far. From the village Vestmanna you take the boat to Vestmannabjergene. The journey goes between rocks and vertical rock walls. Above fly seabirds that remind that bird hunting has been an important part of life for the people of the Faroe Islands for many centuries. Later in the day you drive towards the North Islands, a beautiful journey through a dramatic landscape. A very special experience is the tunnel under the sea from Leirvík to the town of Klaksvík. The tunnel is decorated with light installations by the famous Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson. If you feel like it, the northernmost community in the Faroe Islands, Viðareiði, is well worth a visit. ( F )

Day 8: Kalsoy and Sälkvinnan

After breakfast you drive out to Kalsoy. A 12 kilometer long road that goes through the island’s four tunnels that connects the island’s four communities and which has given the island the nickname “the recorder”. Stop in Mikladalur, known for its fairy tales and artists. Here you will also find the sculpture ‘Sælkvinden – the seal woman by the sea as a monument to the Faroese saga about her. You can also stop in Trøllanes at the top of the north and visit the lighthouse Kallin. This excursion must be done with a guide and booked when booking. Just do not forget to bring your own picnic and something to drink as there are no restaurants here. ( F )

Day 9: Scenic Gjógv

You now return to Eysturoy and drive to the northern end where you spend the day in idyllic Gjógv. This beautiful, quiet and well-preserved village is extremely idyllic surrounded by mountains. With less than 50 inhabitants who all live in old wooden houses with grass roofs, Gjógv is incredibly picturesque and charming. If you are lucky, you will also see puffins here. Walk along the mountainside by the fjord and at the end you can sit on Crown Princess Mary’s bench and enjoy the wonderful view. ( F )

Day 10: Fjords, communities and Faroese shirts

Today you can continue the journey of discovery on your own. We suggest you drive to the southern part of Eysturoy. For example, go to Oyndarfjørður where you can see Rinkusteinar – two huge cliffs which according to legend are two enchanted pirate ships. You can also visit Runavík with its picturesque rectory in the village of Nes. The yarn store Navia is located in Toftir and has a large selection of classic Faroese sweaters and yarns for those who knit themselves. ( F )

Day 11: Departure back to Scandinavia

After a fantastic adventure around the Faroe Islands, you drive back to the airport, return your rental car and take the flight back home again. ( F )

Overnight stays

Two nights at Vágar at B&B
Two nights at Suðuroy at B&B
Two nights at Tórshavn at B&B
Two nights at at Nordøerne at B&B
Two nights at Eysturoy at B&B

Highlights of The Faroe Islands