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.
|Day 1:||Arrive at Vagar airport and meet your guide for the week before taking the scenic drive to Torshavn and check-in to your hotel for 2 nights and enjoy dinner. (D)|
|Day 2:||In the morning, drive through the recently opened subsea tunnel to Sandoy, an unspoiled island where you can immerse in the traditional Faroese lifestyle. Lunch is included, and you'll explore the largest art collection in the Faroe Islands at the Sandur art gallery. Return to the capital for a leisurely dinner. Overnight in Torshavn. (B,L,D)|
|Day 3:||Your day starts with a bus pick-up and transfer to the harbour for a combined ferry and bus tour. The ferry carries you from Torshavn to Suduroy, the southernmost Faroe Island. Enjoy a scenic 2-hour voyage that leads you to Suduroy's charming villages and striking landscapes. Explore Akraberg, the Faroes' southernmost point, visit Famjin's historic church featuring the "Merkið" flag, and take a break at a local café, housed in a former grocery store, where you can savour coffee, tea, and freshly baked waffles (included). The day concludes with a set dinner, and a comfortable overnight stay at Hotel Tvoroyri. (B,L,D)|
|Day 4:||Returning to Torshavn in the morning, you'll head to Vestmanna for a boat trip to the Vestmanna Cliffs, offering bird-watching opportunities. After the boat trip, enjoy your lunch at Vestmanna. Next, journey to the northern part of Eysturoy, taking a scenic coastal drive on Streymoy. Pass by picturesque villages, cross the bridge to Eysturoy, and reach Gjógv, passing notable landmarks such as "the Giant and the Witch" rock formations and the highest Faroese mountain, "Slættarartindur." You'll also pass Funningur, the Viking settlement site. Conclude the day with a short walk in Gjógv and check in for the night at Hotel Gjáargardur, where a 2-course set dinner awaits. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5:||Today's adventure begins with an exploration of the Northern Isles and Klaksvik. Drive through charming coastal villages, passing through the subsea tunnel decorated by Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson, and arrive in Klaksvik, the Faroes' main fishing port. While in Klaksvik, visit the "Christianschurch" before heading to Kunoy for a leisurely stroll through a small forest. Enjoy a lunch box en route. On the return to Gjógv, make a stop to see the new church in Gøta, also adorned by artist Tróndur Patursson, and explore the knitting shop Navia in Toftir. Rest for the night at Hotel Gjáargardur in Gjógv, where a 2-course set dinner awaits. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6:||Embark on a journey to the picturesque village of Saksun on Streymoy, known for its stunning vistas. Explore the historic farmhouse "Dúvugarðar" before returning to Tórshavn via a scenic mountain road. In the early afternoon, hop on a ferry to Nolsoy, a charming and popular destination. Enjoy a guided tour of the village, visit the local museum, and see the small boat that local legend Mr. Ove rowed from Nólsoy to Copenhagen. Lunch will be served in Nólsoy. Your night's accommodation awaits at Hotel Føroyar in Tórshavn, with dinner plans at your discretion (reservations recommended). (B,L)|
|Day 7:||Start your day with breakfast and a guided walking tour of Tórshavn, exploring the local park, city center, old town, and the harbor area with its Middle Age charm. After lunch, visit the Nordic House, Art Museum, and National Historical Museum. Later, head to Kirkjubøur to see historical sites, including the impressive St Magnus Cathedral and St Olavs Church. Conclude your day with a homemade 3-course dinner in Kirkjubøur, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Your accommodation for the night is at Hotel Føroyar in Tórshavn. (B,D)|
|Day 8:||After breakfast, journey to the village of Gasadalur, which was once one of the most isolated villages on the islands until a new tunnel was opened in 2003, providing access. Previously, reaching the village required a challenging two and a half-hour walk over a 434m peak. Explore the iconic waterfall before transferring back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.|
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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.