Walking on the Faroe Islands
A near neighbour to Iceland, the Faroe Islands are an excellent location for a two-centre holiday. Located roughly midway between Scotland and Iceland, this intriguing collection of islands offer a wonderful opportunity for slow travel, walking and sightseeing. Like Iceland, the Faroes are rugged and wild, but as we have found out there’s plenty that is quite unique.
Perfect if your holiday wish list includes slow and sustainable travel, remote landscapes, getting away from crowds and time spent outdoors. It’s a year-round destination with bird watching as just one summer highlight and opportunities in the spring and autumn for sightseeing with walking. The Faroes are accessible by sea, so this is an exciting no-fly destination too.
5 days/ 4 nights
Faroe Islands walking and sightseeing
Tour Code FW20
Departure: Thursday Oct 8 2020
DAY 1: THURS 8 OCT-ARRIVAL DAY
Check in at Edinburgh airport in the early afternoon, and after landing we transfer via a tunnel from the island of Vagar to Streymoy and the world’s smallest capital city, Torshavn.
Check in at our centrally located hotel and spend free time in the evening around the harbour and for supper.
DAY 2: FRI 9 OCT-ESTUROY ISLAND WALK
The first of our walks includes some sightseeing as we travel from Streymoy through another of the sub-sea tunnels to the island of Esturoy. The walk is an easy 5-10km which will take 4-5 hours and begins on one of the most northerly points of the whole island archipelago with great views. Highlights of the walk include the old World War 2 look out, views of the enormous sea stack Stakkurin and the highest peak on the Faroes, Slættaratindur. As we return the the village of Eidi, we’ll visit a local art gallery before we return to Torshavn and the hotel.
DAY 3: SAT 10 OCT-TORSHAVN OR MORE
With a delightful small and walkable city waiting to be discovered, today is a free day for just that, or to travel further afield if you prefer. Torshavn has a picturesque harbour surrounded by shops and cafes, and behind are the small winding streets of the Old Town. Here, small wooden houses with grass rooves are nestled charmingly together and near to Torshavn’s attractive shopping streets, great for browsing in the various wool, craft, glassware and pottery. Also to discover are some pretty park walks, the Nordic House and art galleries, so more than enough to do. However, if heading off by boat appeals then a trip to the nearby island of Nolsoy is well worth considering.
DAY 4: SUN 11 OCT-THE POSTMAN’S ROUTE
An iconic walking route that includes some of the most stunning must-see views and features of the whole of the Faroes. We take the bus back across to Vagar, aiming for the very western edge of the island to the small and very attractive settlement of Bøur. The walk follows the coast to another tiny settlement at Gásadalur, the location of the Múlafossur waterfall that cascades over the cliffs and into the sea below. All during the day as we climb up and over the ridge that divides these villages, we are following the old route taken on foot by the Faroese postman who, unlike us, also had to walk back! Views from the walk include the island of Mykines, the most westerly point of the Faroes and a huge rock arch that life off-shore. There’s an opportunity at the end for Faroese coffee and cakes before the bus picks us up to return to Thorshavn. Today’s walk is a moderate 5-10km distance which will take between 4 and 6 hours to complete.
DAY 5: MON 12 OCT-DEPARTURE DAY
We leave Torshavn after breakfast for the airport and a morning check in with arrival at Edinburgh airport at lunch time. Extensions to this holiday are available with onward departures to Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Reykjavik amongst others.
Please note that this walking plans are subject to the conditions on the day and alternative plans may need to be made.
Arrival and departure air transfer
- Escorted bus and walking tours on 2 days
- See the islands of Streymoy, Vagar and Esturoy
- 4 nights’ standard ensuite Hotel accommodation in Torshavn (upgrades available)
- Breakfast on 4 days
- Return flights between Edinburgh and Vagar
- Maximum group size of 20 guests
- Your pre-travel questions answered
- Your documentation, travel information pack, detailed itinerary and travel vouchers
- ATOL protected package
- 100% financial protection guarantee
- Price per person from £799
WHY NOT ADD THESE?
- A day trip to another island on Sunday (for example a boat trip to Nolsoy)
- Packed lunches on walking days available on request
- Extra days on the Faroes for more island adventures
- Faroese cuisine is quite something – evenings ‘at home’ or at the Michelin Koks restaurant
- Travel on to Iceland from the Faroes.
- Drinks and meals other than those listed
- Travel insurance
- Single room supplement or upgrade
- Onward flight other than to Edinburgh as listed
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