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4 days - Short stay in Tórshavn with local, authentic experiences

Adrift in the frothing swells of the North Atlantic, this mysterious 18-piece jigsaw puzzle of islands is at once ancient and very modern. The proud, long-suffering Faroese character has been forged from Viking blood, Christian piety, Scandinavian openness and an awe for the humbling nature that's all around.

When visiting the Faroes, you are never more than 5km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The countryside is dominated by steep mountains and there are about 80,000 sheep and some 2 million pairs of seabirds, including the largest colony of storm petrels in the world, puffins and gannets.

This short tour of the Faroes takes you on a sleep over near the bird cliffs of Mykines, the beautiful village of Saksun with its natural amphitheatre of cliffs and the village of Gjógv. You will enjoy a family home dinner in Tórshavn and stay at a boutique seaside hotel on the water's edge.

Day 1
Arrive at the Vágar Airport and transfer to Mykines for an overnight stay
Day 2
Morning walk in village before transferring to Tórshavn and guided tour
Day 3
Day tour to the historic village of Kirkjubøur, Saksun and Gjógv then local home dinner
Day 4
Departure Day
Start/End Place
Vágar, Faroe Islands tours
Country Visited
Faroe Islands tours
Duration
4 Days
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
Code
FID001

Details

Transportation

Private transfers throughout and a return ferry ride to Mykines.

Included
  • Boutique accommodation on the water's edge, at Úti við Strond, a stone’s throw from the historic fort Skansin in Tórshavn, twin share with private facilities, free WIFI
  • Daily breakfast
  • Home Dining meal with locals
  • Full day tour to the villages of Kirkjubøur, Saksun and Gjógv including lunch and refreshments
  • Late afternoon and evening tour, including ferry ride and B&B stay on the islands of Mykines, famous for it's bird cliffs
  • Guided walking tour of the old town of Tórshavn
Not Included

Gratuities to the guides. You can upgrade to the sea view suite.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at the Vágar Airport and transfer to Mykines for an overnight stay

Arrive at the Vágar Airport in the Faroe Islands and transfer to Mykines from the airport. You will then board the ferry and arrive late afternoon with the boat Jósup. Your local guesthouse hostess and guide Oda will meet you by the boat and take you to the guesthouse.

Here you will enjoy dinner in an old house dated 1895, one of the oldest houses in the village of Mykines. There are only 50 houses and 15 all-year-around inhabitants on Mykines Island. In the summer, there are 30-40 people on the island after the last ferry has left.

You will experience the calmness and stillness of the island. Hear the birds singing, the river run through the village and the sheep calling for their lambs. Hear the roaring waves and stroll through the village in the quiet evening.

After dinner, your hosts will bring a picnic of coffee and sweets as you head out for an evening hiking tour to meet and greet the puffins and the gannets and see the sunset. Remember that you have light until 11pm in the evening in the summer in the Faroe Islands.

You will sleep in cosy B&B double rooms on the first floor under the ceiling in the guesthouse.

Meals
1 Dinner

Day 2 - Morning walk in village before transferring to Tórshavn and guided tour

After breakfast, take a stroll through the village and down to the ocean or one more tour to see puffins and birds on the edge before you sail back to Sørvágur with the morning ferry.

Travel into Tórshavn, check into your hotel and settle in. When you are ready, head out on an old town tour with a guide to get your bearings and enjoy the history of this port village. Walk through the narrow cobbled streets, between traditional wooden houses with grass turf roofs, which date back many hundreds of years. You will also take in the the old fortress, the marina and the peninsular known as Tinganes, where you will walk through the iconic redwood, grass-roofed buidings of some the oldest parliament buidings in the world.

Tórshavn has a lively bar and restaurant scene - your guide can give you recommendations for your evening meals but be sure to reserve a booking at KOKS as early as you can.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Seaside, newly renovated, boutique hotel Hotel Havgrim 1948

Day 3 - Day tour to the historic village of Kirkjubøur, Saksun and Gjógv then local home dinner

After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel and driven to the historic village of Kirkjubøur, the southernmost village on Streymoy. Here is the country's most important historical site with the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300 and the Saint Olav's Church from 12th century. Visit the old farmhouse Kirkjubøargarður from 11th century, which is still occupied by the same family for 17 generations.

Then drive to the beautiful village of Saksun with its natural amphitheatre of cliffs and stunning nature. During low tides it is also possible to walk along the sandy beach to the ocean.

After exploring Saksun, your next stop is the village of Tjørnuvík, the most northerly village on Streymoy and now popular with surfers...yes you heard correctly...surfers!

Tjørnuvík also has one of the oldest Viking burial grounds where you can see the original burial stones. Take time here to enjoy your packed lunch whilst admiring the view of the "Giant and Hag" rock formations on the headland and learn about the legend behind the rocks.

Drive to the highest point on the Faroe Islands and descend into the beautiful and picturesque village of Gjógv. Here you may also get the opportunity to take coffee and cake with the locals. Return to Tórshavn in the late afternoon.

This evening from 7pm, join the locals for a special home cooked meal. More and more people in the Faroese are offering ‘heimablídni‘, translated as ‘home hospitality’, where they invite people into their own homes for a dinner and a chance to get to know the locals.

Durita and Fróði serve an exciting menu with the special taste of fermented food, which is called ræst in Faroese. Traditional dishes with a milder taste are also on the menu.

The couple, who live in the capital, Tórshavn, serve dinner in their authentic Faroese home with a beautiful view. You will taste 10-12 different Faroese specialities, prepared by Durita and Fróði.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Seaside, newly renovated, boutique hotel Hotel Havgrim 1948

Day 4 - Departure Day

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Important Information

Please note the weather conditions can be wild and unpredictable in the Faroe Islands. Your guide may change the itinerary at short notice to suit the local conditions. Ferries can be cancelled due to rough sea.

Helicopter flights can be included.

If you are planning on eating at KOKS, please reserve a seating time. They do waitlist and can organise a taxi transfer (30 mins) from your hotel to their restaurant.

There are new guidelines for protecting the Puffin colony at Mykines which your guide will advise you on.

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