Faroe Islands self drive tour
Description of Faroe Islands self drive tour
Explore the Faroe Islands on this fascinating 8 day fly-drive tour. The tour offers you the chance to explore the beautiful Faroe Islands, home to luscious green mountains, towering cliffs and many a welcoming smile.
The emphasis for this tour will be on the islands’ scrumptious cuisine allowing you to sample traditional dishes as well as their more modern counterparts. As an isolated archipelago the Faroese people have historically relied on their natural resources, especially lamb and fish. In more recent years a number of restaurants have emerged that have used the ancient techniques such as drying and smoking to produce some very modern dishes. So along with sampling skerpikjot (wind-dried sheep’s meat) and roestur fiskur (wind-dried fish) be prepared to also experience local ingredients transformed into fine dining.
|Day 1||Fly to Vagar. Land, collect your hire car and check in to the Hotel Vagar. This afternoon enjoy an excursion out to the remote village of Gasadalur. With a population of just 17 the village is surrounded by mountains. We recommend enjoying refreshments in the Gasadalsgardurin Guesthouse & Café.|
|Day 2||Today head towards Eysturoy, first heading through the under-sea tunnel to Streymoy. On Streymoy, we suggest visiting Saksun, perched at the end of a long valley above the Pollurin tidal lagoon before continuing on to Tjornuvik, one of the islands' most picturesque villages, surrounded by towering mountains on three sides and the sea on the other. Drive to the village of Søldafjørður to a local home Gardahus, which means Garden House. Meet with Lena and walk around her beautiful garden. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch on this unique home visit. After lunch continue to the village of Gjógv (B,L)|
|Day 3||Journey through the sub-sea tunnel - which is festooned with lights by a famous Faroese artist - to Klaksvik on Bordoy island. From here there are opportunities to take a ferry to historic Kalsoy, to Kunoy for its excellent walking trails or explore the churches on the islands. We recommend lunch in Café Frida on Klaksvik before returning to Gjogv. Enjoy a cultural evening in the guesthouse complete with a traditional Faroese buffet accompanied by local musicians and a demonstration of the Faroese chain dance. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Today return to Streymoy and we recommend visiting the birdcliffs at Vestmanna on a boat ride passing through the picturesque fjord. End the day in Torshavn. This evening enjoy dinner at the Barbara Fish House and tuck in to a tasty 7-course chef's choice menu. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Enjoy a full free day to explore Torshavn with its narrow streets and turf-roofed houses. Head to the harbour and watch local fishermen bringing in the day's catch. Explore the national museum, a local art gallery and the Nordic house - a cultural centre often home to exhibitions and concerts. This evening enjoy a set menu at ROKS, sister restaurant to Ræst and KOKS. The set menus reflect the bounty from the surrounding waters. (B,D)|
|Day 6||This morning head over to Vestmanna for a memorable "Hook and Cook" experience. Combine a classic deep sea fishing trip in Vestmanna with a culinary experience. Suitable for keen anglers and beginners alike, the captain will advise you on how to catch fish from the waters between the islands Vágar and Streymoy. After around 4 hours on the sea, the captain will fillet your fish ready for the chef back at the marina restaurant "Fjørukrógvin". The chef will then cook your fish for you to enjoy the fruits of your labour. In the afternoon on the way back to Torshavn, perhaps visit nearby Kirkjubour, one of the most important cultural centres in the Faroe Islands and home to the ruined St. Magnus' Cathedral. The farm here has been run by the same family for 17 generations. In the evening if you are still feeling hungry, there are lots of places to eat in the town centre, from casual cafes, to pub food and more formal restaurants. We can recommend the new tapas restaurant Katrina Christiansen but there is plenty of choice. (B.L)|
|Day 7||Today is your final full day in Torshavn. We suggest taking the 20-min passenger ferry to the island of Nolsoy which boasts an extremely slow pace of life. The island offers a number of walking trails to head out for a yomp. This evening back in Torshavn enjoy a 3-course dinner at Aarstova, one of the best restaurants in the Faroes and famous for its Faroese lamb. (B,D)|
|Day 8||Return the hire car to the airport and take the flight back to the UK. (B)|
1 Reviews of Faroe Islands self drive tour
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2022 by Patrick Colyer
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Enjoying the beautiful landscape which was everywhere. The friendly people. Attending the Faroe Islands Premiere League finals soccer match which was at the big stadium across the street from my hotel in the capital.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Depending on what you like, October might not be the best time to visit. In any given day, I hardly saw other tourists at the same sights since October is a low season for tourism. Seeing the sun was a rarity so I didn't get to see the sun illuminating the landscape like one would see in the summer. Also, it wasn't cold enough for snow. It was constantly cloudy, foggy, and misty. To see the sun, Summer would be better but there will also be more tourists. To see snow, winter would be better but the hiking routes may not be passable.
Make sure to bring good hiking shoes and rain gear because of the amount of mist and rain that will be encountered.
Be cognizant of restaurant opening days and times. Outside of the capital, there are very few regular restaurants and bars. They often have opening days and hours that aren't typically what one may be used to.
Everyone spoke English so no problem with communicating.
Most places close on Sunday so don't expect to be able shop for gifts on that day.
Credit cards were accepted everywhere. However, it was rare for AMEX to work anywhere. Mastercard worked every time.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I had many good conversations and interactions with the lovely Faroese people, which I hope had a positive impact on them. There were many trash cans and restrooms situated near popular hiking spots which made it easy to minimize my environmental impact
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The vacation was wonderful. The Faroe Islands was a beautiful place with stunning landscapes and wonderful people. It was a perfect place to get away to for a week. I am very glad to have visited.
PlanetWe are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.
Our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.
Over half the electricity produced in the Faroe Islands is from renewable sources - namely hydro-electric and wind power, with a goal of using solely renewable energy by 2030.
The guesthouse Gjaargardur in Gjogv is insulated in the traditional Faroese way with a turf-roof to help reduce heating costs, as well as to fit in with the local surroundings. The management and staff have an over-arching ethos to limit energy consumption and use local produce whenever possible.
As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.
PeopleBy the very nature of life in the Faroes all services are provided by local people. Our local agents are Faroese owned, managed and run, have been operating in the Faroe Islands for 15 years and have an excellent reputation. Fair salaries are paid to all employees and regular training is provided to support future career development. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals. Guides are required to turn off vehicles when idling to minimise unnecessary emissions and where possible, eco-friendly modes of transport are opted for.
We visit family-run guesthouses and restaurants, thereby boosting the local economy, helping to provide jobs and allowing the Faroese people to tell visitors about local traditions and keep them alive. Importing food stuffs into the Faroe Islands can be prohibitively expensive so all of the food for meals included on the itinerary is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant. All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run.Many of the museums are managed by local communities and also demonstrate traditional crafts such as knitting, with most of the iconic Faroese knitwear for sale having been hand knitted by local craftspeople.
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