Hiking adventures in the Faroes

Randonnées aux Iles Feroé

Senderismo en Las Islas Féroe

Wanderabenteuer auf den Färöern

Vandreeventyr på Færøerne

Gonguupplivingar í Føroyum

 

 

 2019 Summer /  L'été / El verano / Sommer / Summar

 

 

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Trekking Adventure in the Faroe Islands

In the middle of the ocean, midway between Scotland and Iceland, at latitude 62 ° N emerges a mountain archipelago of seventeen islands: the Faroe Islands (in Faroese Føroyar, "the Sheep Islands "). These magnificent islands out of time have remained inaccessible for a long time. they are a revelation for the few travelers who go there. Rain and sun, the light is exceptional, the fresh air, the powerful ocean, the innumerable puffins, the vertiginous cliffs, the very green grass, the sheep and the silky fog, the tiny and colorful fishing villages, the traditional wood boats in "Viking style", the friendly Faroese population. Nowhere else than on an island, such as Mykines one does feel as much the vastness of the ocean, its breathing and the curvature of the blue planet. Join us and discover the great natural beauty of the archipelago and its birds, the originality of its culture, the history, the language and the traditions of the Faroese in the permanent light of the northern summer!

 

Guide: Randi Meitil

Randi Meitil has been guiding in the Faroes for 30 years, knows every corner and speaks 8 languages.

 

Language: English, French, Spanish, German, Danish and Blandinavish.

 

The dates of the scheduled trekking tours are:

- Friday June 7th to 14th.

- Monday July 8th to 15th.

 

Travelling to the Faroes and accommodation:

The days have been chosen, so it is possible for travelers with Atlantic Airways from Edinburgh to arrive on the first day of the trekking tour without worrying about accommodation and go directly to the airport at the end of the trekking tour.

The MS Noröna from Faroese Smyril Line provides ferry services between Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands and Seydisfjørður on the East coast of Iceland.

The airline Atlantic Airways provides daily return flights with Europe (UK and Denmark) and several weekly return flights between Vágar and Reykjavík.

The Scandinavian company SAS also provides daily flights to Vágar from Copenhagen with countless connections to airports around the world.

 

Accommodation and meals in private homes are included from the afternoon on arrival day and breakfast on departure day. One evening will be left open for participants to visit a restaurant or cafeteria on their own.

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome and dinner in Tórshavn.

 

Day 2: Mykines

Boarding the Jósup, for the mysterious island of Mykines. We will hike on Mykineshólmur and see sheep and puffin fight over grass slopes. Colonies of gannets, vertiginous cliffs and lighthouse at the end of the world. Nowhere else than on an island, such as Mykines one does feel as much the vastness of the ocean, its breathing and the curvature of the blue planet. (trek 4-5 hours) Dinner and night in private home in Tórshavn

 

Day 3: Vágar.

Trekking on Vágoy following the old postal route across the mountain from Bøur to Gásadal with the astonishing view over Tindhólmur, Drangarnir, Mykines and Múlafossur. Afterward up through the valley at Gásadalur to the beautiful and isolated lake Fjallavatn, the second biggest lake in the Faroes. (trek 5 hours) Dinner and night in private house in Tórshavn. Dinner and night in private house in Tórshavn.

 

Day 4: The Northern Islands

On Viðoy will we hike up to the fourth highest mountain, Villingardalsfjall (841m), with an overwhelming view over all the six Northern Islands, Borðoy, Fugloy, Svínoy, Viðoy, Kunoy and Kallsoy. (the trek is about 3-4 hours) On our way back we will stop in Klaksvík, the second biggest town, an walk up to the mountain top Klakkur from where there is a beautiful overview over Kunoy, Kallsoy and Eysturoy. (trek 2 hours) Dinner and night in private house in Tórshavn.

 

Day 5: Saksun Lagoon - Tjørnuvík

In the morning: Hike on the black sand of the Saksun lagoon to the open sea where we have lunch. In the afternoon we head back to the mountain following the old pass of antic cairns. Steep descent on the tiny village of Tjørnuvík, where there are tombs from the Viking age. Spectacular views of Sundini Sound, and the impressive reefs of Risin, "The Giant", and Kellingin, "The Witch". These two Icelandic trolls had the crazy idea of towing the Faroe Islands to Iceland. Fortunately and justly the first rays of the spring sun petrified them for eternity. (trek 6 hours) Dinner and night in private house in Tórshavn.

 

Day 6: Fyri Vestan Trail - Tórshavn

We take the bus to Hundsárabotnur where we start for the beautiful hike of Fyri Vestan (4 hours), to the west of Streymoy Island among the mountains with an immense view on the Island of Vágar. An interesting route geologically because one can observe the "Streymoyarsyllin" - a great volcanic intrusion (a dike) that splits and crosses the whole landscape. Arrived at the village of Norðradalur we take the "afternoon" coffee with typical cakes in a farm. Arriving at Norðradalsskarð the bus picks us up to take us down to Tórshavn, "the Port of Thor". Night in private house in Tórshavn. Evening and dinner on your own in the charming capital of the Faroe Islands.

 

Day 7: Kirkjubøur - Tórshavn

Today the cairn path will lead us to the hamlet of Kirkjubøur, former cultural and religious center of the Faroe Islands, pre-reform episcopal residence. Visit the ruins of the Sct. Magnus cathedral and the imposing medieval tarred and grass roofed timber farm, representative of the traditional Norse habitat. Magnificent view of the islands of Sandoy, Hestur and Koltur. Rest of the day on your own to enjoy all the charm of the small capital: Narrow streets and tiny tarred timber houses with multicolored doors and windows and grass roofs in the Tinganes district on the old fishing port of Tórshavn, the beautiful modern architecture that also uses traditional materials, local cafés, woolen shops and marine equipment. Dinner on your own in Tórshavn. Night in private home.

 

Day 8: Departure day

 

Included

• Multi-lingual guide

• Travel by minibus and / or taxi

• Luggage transported by vehicle on the hiking days

• Boat crossings between islands

• Full board except one night in Tórshavn

• Admission to the island of Mykines

 

Not included

• Transport to/from the Faroe Islands from Europe or Iceland, and the transport to Tórshavn the day of arrival .

• One dinner in Tórshavn, the capital

• Personal insurance for cancellation - first aid - repatriation • Exchange rate fluctuations and CB exchange charges

• Personal insurance for cancellation, first aid, repatriation

• Exchange rate fluctuations and CB exchange charges



Tour dates and price

Tour No. 1    

June 7th 2019  to June 14th 2019       1313 €/ 8,900 DKK

 

Tour No. 2

July 8th 2019 July to 15th 2019      1313 €/ 8,900 DKK

 

 

 


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Itinerary and safety:

The day-to-day program can be changed or even reversed. Rare but unpredictable in advance, these modifications can be imposed for safety reasons due to natural phenomena specific to these territories: Fog, exceptionally unfavorable weather. Your guide knows perfectly the terrain and will be the only Master on board to take the necessary decisions with our base when it is necessary to interpret the whims of nature almighty and under these high latitudes.

 

Vehicle: Taxi or small bus depending on the size of the group.

 

Average level: Accessible to all average hikers. Travel on board a small comfortable bus. The duration of the walks depends on the weather conditions of the day and the level of the group. They can be lengthened or shortened. A person not wishing to do all the hikes can of course take part in this journey.

 

Group size: Multi-national group of 4 to 12 participants.

 

Composition of the group: In general, participants on our trips come from several countries. We generally have French, Swiss, Scandinavians, Germans, Hungarians, Canadians, Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, Japanese, Spanish-speakers, Icelanders and even a trekker group from South Korea. Your Faroese guide is fluent in English and speaks other languages. Travelling with Faroe Trekking is also a chance to meet, exchange ideas and socialize with friendly people from other countries that otherwise you may never have known and it is therefore a unique opportunity to make friends around the world and wring the neck of certain prejudices and misconceptions.

 

If you want to have a private tour: On other dates that might better suit your holiday plans, it may be possible to arrange for private tours for a family or a larger group of up to 12 persons. Contact us to check the possibilities and for a quotation! The number of trekking days can be reduced. As it may not be possible in this case to secure private accommodation and meals like breakfast and warm evening meals, this offer may depend on your own travelling arrangements, but for a family or group already having accommodation arranged in Tórshavn or nearby it certainly is a great opportunity. It could be hotel or Airbnb accommodation already secured, or caravan/camper/tent at a campingsite. Whatever, contact Faroe Trekking, if this is of interest.