Faroe Island tour
Description of Faroe Island tour
The Faroe Islands are a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway. They are known for their stunning landscapes, with precipitous cliffs, sweeping valleys and breath-taking views whichever way you look.
Whilst the Faroese number only around 50,000 people they are a proud nation who still live a traditional, subsistence lifestyle as befits such a remote location, making the most of the resources that they have, with nothing going to waste.
Each of the 18 islands has unique characteristics both in terms of landscape and culture and across the country there is a rich Viking history. Some of the islands are now uninhabited whilst others retain only a handful of families (or in some cases only one).
The landscape is one of the biggest draws to the Faroes with huge vertical cliffs, steep-sided fjords and sounds and mountains with views across the whole country. Birdlife too is rife with puffins, gannets and guillemots making the cliffs their summer nesting homes, diving gannets and fulmers can be seen out to sea and Nolsoy is home to Europe's largest colony of storm petrels.
This group tour explores the islands from the narrow, turf-roofed houses in the old town of the charming capital Torshavn, to the southernmost island of Suduroy all the way up to the northern islands of Bordoy and Kunoy, giving you the chance to see as much of the country as possible without feeling rushed.
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|Day 1:||On arrival at Vagar airport you will be met by your guide and drive to the remote village of Gasadalur - until 2003 it could only be reached on foot. Admire the waterfall before continuing to Torshavn and check in to your hotel for 2 nights. (D)|
|Day 2:||This morning drive the short distance to the harbour at Gamlaraett and take the ferry to the island of Sandoy. This is one of the most unspoilt of the islands, with the chance for a short walk and a visit to one of the largest art collections in the Faroes. Return to the capital. (B,L,D)|
|Day 3:||Have the morning free before heading to Torshavn harbour for the ferry to Suduroy, the southernmost of the islands. Stopping en route at the spectacular Eggjarnar cliffs continue to the southernmost point and the lighthouse at Akraberg. Visit the church in Famjin which is home to the first ever Faroese flag - made by students in 1919. You will also enjoy tea/coffee and fresh waffles here. Dinner tonight will be traditional Faroese fare in an old converted warehouse now used as a folk-house. Overnight will be in comfortable cabins on the ferry. (B,L,D)|
|Day 4:||Wake-up on board as the ferry sets sail for the return leg to Torshavn with breakfast on board. On arrival drive to Vestmanna for an unforgettable boat trip along these impressive cliffs, rising up to 600m in places, and home to puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills. After lunch in Vestmanna continue to the island of Eysturoy stopping to admire the views in several locations, passing Slaettarartindur - the highest mountain on the islands - and finishing in the pretty village of Gjogv, where you will stay for 2 nights. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5:||Today explore the Northern Isles, starting with the subsea tunnel from Eysturoy to Bordoy - the tunnel has been decorated by Faroese artist Trondur Patursson. Stop in Klaksvik to visit the impressive Christianskirkjan church. Continue on to Kunoy and take a stroll through the small forest and enjoy a packed lunch. Return to Gjogv in the evening for dinner. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6:||Return to the island of Streymoy and visit the village of Saksun - a remote and picturesque village at the end of a long valley perched above the Pollurin tidal lagoon. Take the mountain road with its panoramic views stopping on the way to enjoy a packed lunch. In the afternoon visit Kirkjubour one of the most important historical sites on the island. St Magnus Cathedral, the largest medieval construction, and now a ruin, stands next to St Olav's church. The farm is currently occupied by the 17th generation of the same family and enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the old farmhouse. (B,L)|
|Day 7:||In the morning take a tour of Torshavn, visiting the narrow streets and turf-roofed houses of the old town and as many of the Nordic House, Art Museum and National Historical Museum that time allows. At noon take the 20-minute ferry to the island of Nolsoy first having lunch at a local café. Then explore the island tour around the small village, local museum and see the small boat in which local hero Mr Ove rowed from Nolsoy to Copenhagen. There will be time to take a walk out of the village and enjoy the views out across the sea and back towards Torshavn. Return to your hotel for dinner. (B,D)|
|Day 8:||Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)|
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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.
The Hotel Hafnia which is used in Torshavn encourage their staff to learn all aspects of the business, working as waiters, chefs and receptionists to improve employment prospects for the local staff.
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