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9 days - Get off the beaten track & explore Faroe Islands
Experience up close the birdlife, the green nuances of the mountains, the colourful villages, beautiful deep fjords and the nearby islands that rise majestically. Maybe you will feel as though you are part of a fairytale world.
A world of wild and untouched nature, hospitality, Faroese cuisine, Faroese ballads and the pure ocean will surround you on the 9 day self-drive tour. At 50 Degrees North, we encourage you to get off the beaten track so please contact us if you wish to add more to your Faroe Island tour.
- Day 1
- Arrive with Atlantic Airways, drive to Sørvágur and surrounding area.
- Day 2
- Viking ruins, rock formations and the village of Gjógv.
- Day 3
- Saksun, Dúvugarðar - a beach walk, museums and viking settlements.
- Day 4
- See the Rolling Stones and enjoy the amazing tunnels and islands of the Faroes.
- Day 5
- Explore the Northern Islands - churches, bird promontory and tranquility.
- Day 6
- Travel to Tórshavn and enjoy this cosy capital.
- Day 7
- Enjoy a full day's excursion to the island of Nólsoy.
- Day 8
- Explore Tórshavn; a walk through the old part of Tórshavn.
- Day 9
- Depart with Atlantic Airways
- Start/End Place
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Countries Visited
- Faroe Islands
- 9 Days
By car and on foot
- Return flight with Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands (from Copenhagen) and taxes.
- Car hire group A (Nissan Micra or similar, manual) including unlimited km, CDW and VAT.
- Accommodation with breakfast
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
Tunnel fee of 130 kr /Euro 18, activities and ferry rides between islands.
If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are 'on request' and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us .
Arrive with Atlantic Airways to Vágar Airport. Upon arrival a local representative will welcome you in the airport and you will have your rented car and a map for the Faroe Islands.
First stop is only some 200 metres down the road, a local hotel. After check in we recommend that you take a drive to the small and picturesque villages Bøur and Gásadalur. The tour offers an unparalleled view of the fjord, the islet Tindhólmur and Mykines. Until recently the only way to get to charming Gásadalur was on foot from Bøur and over the mountain. Although there now is a tunnel to Gásadalur, the village is still unspoiled and has preserved its charm and authenticity.
Hotel Vágar has an international kitchen, where you also have the oppertunities to experience Faroese specialities (depending of season).
Today, head off in your car to Eysturoy via Streymoy, where you on the north/west side will find the village Gjógv.
On the way there you will pass the first subsea tunnel, which on the deepest spot is more than 105 meters under sea level - then to Vestmanna where you have the opportunity by boat to see the most popular attraction on the Faroe's the bird-cliffs north of the village. The boat trip is approx. 2 hours and is an additional EUR40 & needs to be booked in advance.
On the journey from Vestmanna to Kvívík, stop to see the viking settlements. The trip continues over Streymoy - crossing "the bridge over the Atlantic" for Eysturoy - futher to Eiði where you can see the famous rock formations known as the "giant and the old hag" and also Slættaratindur (882 meters), the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands.
Enjoy the next two nights at the unique Hotel Gjáargarður in Gjógv. There is a small restaurant within this quaint hotel.
AccommodationOvernight accommodation on Gjógv.
We suggest a trip to Tjørnavík - a walk along the beach where you might find remainings from the vikings, as this is the place where the viking settled first in the Faroe Islands.
A stop in Saksun is at must. The village is surrounded by steep mountains and a lagoon-like lake with a sandy beach leading the way out to the Atlantic Ocean. If the tide is going out to can walk all the way out to the sea. Back in the village you can take the opportunity to visit the church and the old farmhouse Dúvugarðar.
Today's tour goes fra Gjógv to Klaksvík - on the way there you will pass Oyndafjørður and just before the village take the time to see the Rolling Stones. From Oyndafjørður to the island Borðoy through the second subsea tunnel - where you in the bottom will see the fantastic glass paintings of Tronður Patursson.
Next two nights at Hotel Klaksvík.
AccommodationOvernight accommodation in Hotel Klaksvík.
Explore the Northern islands - first to the northern most village Viðareiði, where - if you are fit - you can climb the mountain north of the village to the top of the world highest promontory Enniberg. On the top you will have a excellent view over Fugloy, Svínoy, Borðoy and Kunoy.
From Viðareiði to Kunoy where you can enjoy a walk in the very nice plantation. Then to Klaksvík again where you can visit Christians church, the church in Klaksvík which is told to be the most beautiful church on the Faroe islands.
Take the opportunity to visit Kalsoy which is known for its many legends. The best known of them is the legend about the seal woman who was captured and forced to marry a farmer´s son from Mikladalur and had children with him. But she longed to go back to the sea and one day when her husband had gone fishing, she found the key to the chest where her seal skin was hidden, put it on and returned to her natural element. See the beautiful statue of the seal woman in the village Mikladalur.
AccommodationOvernight accommodation in Klaksvík.
On the way to Tórshavn we suggest a stop in Leirvík to see the viking settlements there.
In Tórshavn - Take the opportunity to visit the faroese handy work and design shops, the cozy cafes near the harbor Vágsbotn, and maybe even a visit to the National museum, the Art museum and the Nordic house.
Check in to Hotel Streym. Head down to Barbara Fish House - their fish soup is fantastic, located in a very cozy and picturesque location in the old part of the town.
AccommodationOvernight accommodation in Tórshavn.
A full day excursion to the island of Nólsoy - just 20 minutes away from Tórshavn - you will discover an island totally different from the 2016 Europe - you will travel several decades back in time. Take the opportunity to discover the island together with one of the local guides (an additional cost).
The island has the largest colony of storm petrels - but these birds are only possible to see at night time.
The light house there has on of the largest lens which is more that 3 metre in diameter and the weight is over 4 tonnes. A hike out to Borðan where you find the lighthouse can be recommend.
AccommodationOvernight accommodation in Tórshavn.
Explore Tórshavn; a walk through the old part of Tórshavn "á Reyni", Tinganes and the old fort Skansin - the tour can also be done with a local guide.
In the afternoon we suggest a tour to Kirkjubøur (20 min. drive) - the old cultural centre of the Faroes. Visit the roughly 900-year-old Roykstovan, where the King's yeoman still lives after 17 generations; Ólav's church from AD 1111, named aftger King Olav the Holy. This church is the oldest church in the Faroes, and is still in use. See the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral, which is regarded as one of the largest cultural attractions in the Faroes.
In the afternoon, head to the airport, deliver hire car and depart.
Dates & Prices
All prices listed are per person, based on two people travelling.
30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018
For a greener option, please ask us about changing your vehicle to a 'green' car; either a diesel or a hybrid.
It is also possible to fly from Bergen, Reykjavik & Edinburgh.
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Faroe Islands accommodation - self guided
If you would like accommodation other than a hotel, guesthouse or bed & breakfast, we can offer you a summerhouse. There are several to choose from all over the islands, some situated in areas of natural beauty outside the towns. Check-in is usually at 14:00 pm, and check-out 11:00 am.
Please ask us for a recommendation based on your preferences and number of family members.
Self drive on the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands has 600 km of good roads, most of which are two-lane and asphalted. Bridge, dam, ferry or helicopter connects 17 of the 18 islands. Since the arrival of the underwater tunnels on the Faroes, it is now possible to drive from the village of Gásadalur in the west to Viðareiði, the most northerly village on the Faroes.
In the Faroe Islands, there are two sub-sea tunnels for which a toll is charged: between Vagoy and Streymoy and between Eysturoy and Boray. You can pay this toll at petrol stations all over the Faroes.