Wild, handsome, rugged – these are the words that spring to mind when one thinks of the Faroe Islands. The archipelago, nestled between Norway, Iceland, and Scotland, isn’t on the tourist radar just yet. This ensures unspoilt panoramas, dramatic fjords without a soul in sight, scenic cliff-top villages with less than a dozen houses, and solitude in glacial valleys. Put this one on your itinerary if you are planning an offbeat road trip his year and enjoy driving or outdoorsy activities such as hiking, bird watching, and fishing.
Faroe Island Itinerary
Day10. :Fly back
Tórshavn, on Streymoy Island, is the capital city of the Faroe Islands. It’s known for its old town, Tinganes, crammed with wooden turf-roofed houses on a small peninsula. Nearby is Tórshavn Cathedral, rebuilt in the 19th century. Local boutiques dot the main shopping strip, Niels Finsens gøta. To the north, the Nordic House cultural center offers theater, dance and music performances in a contemporary space.
Day 1 & 2
Tórshavn’s old town, consisting of Reyn and Undir Ryggi, is home to two dozen or so small, black-tarred wooden houses with white-framed windows and grass roofs. People still call these 14th century houses their homes today. Stroll along charming narrow winding lanes and passageways and experience a wonderful mixture of old and new.
Tinganes is the historical core of the country’s capital. Dividing two harbours, this flat rocky outcrop is dominated by delightfully muddled turf-roofed structures that, quite unassumingly, are home to the Faroese Home Rule government (Føroya Landssýri).
Tinganes is said to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, parliamentary meeting places in the world, along with Tynwald Hill in the Isle of Man and Þingvellir in Iceland. It was here, in around year 900, that the Viking parliament first began meeting every summer to discuss matters of national importance.No armed security guards here, visitors are free to wander at will – who knows, you might even catch the Prime Minister on his way to lunch! Guides can explain the history of each structure, but random strolling is enough for most visitors.
Føroya Fornminnissavn (National Museum)
Nólsoy is a small island to the east of Streymoy, just a quick 20 minute ferry ride away from Tórshavn. No car is needed on Nólsoy. There are no grocery stores or convenience stores or any kind. But what Nólsoy lacks in amenities, it makes up for in charm. The quaint, colorfully clad houses make for the perfect backdrop for an afternoon stroll through this tiny toy-like town.
Most people come to the island to hike out to the Borðan lighthouse; however, it’s about 14 km long and takes about five hours to complete. Doing it to not will depend on us when we are there.
In 1580, the great Faroese adventurer Magnus Heinason ordered the construction of a fort to protect the trading centre of Tórshavn from a steadily increasing number of seaborne attacks across the North Atlantic – in many cases from pirate raids. The original fortification only lasted until 1677, when French pirates destroyed the fort after their final demand for 100 oxen, 200 sheep, 500 pairs of gloves, 1,200 pairs of stockings and 60 nightshirts wasn’t met by the people of Tórshavn within the 12-hour deadline.The fort served as a British Royal Navy headquarters during the Second World War. The two guns which face out to sea from behind the fort were used to defend the islands against German attack. Skansin also includes four older brass cannons from the time of the Danish Trade Monopoly and a lighthouse.Although not much remains of the fort today, Skansin still offers quite exceptional views out over the sea to neighbouring island Nólsoy. The grass lawn is a great spot for a packed picnic.
The Gallery is housed in a building opened in 1993 and designed by Niels Frithiof Truelsen (DK) and Palle Gregoriussen (FO). The construction was financed from official and private funds, Faroese as well as Danish.*
With its black-stained exterior and numerous gables, the building recalls the traditional Faroese boathouse while the straightforward interior floorboards is similar to the other museum designs by Truelsen in Denmark.
To the left you find the new exhibition rooms, and from the entrance hall there is also access to an older exhibition hall with skylights, built in 1970 by the Faroe Islands Art Society and designed by Gregoriussen.
One of the buzziest Cafe-pubs in Torshavn, Cafe Natur offers a decent range of beers and a reasonably priced bar menu that includes full meals as well as snacks and sandwiches. There is live music on the weekend bathe cafe can get quite boisterous sometimes, but in general it is a friendly and welcoming place with attentive service.
Day 3 Drive to Saksun and Tjørnuvík
Saksun is one of the most beautiful places in the Faroe Islands. The place is simply wonderful, with a beautiful lagoon surrounded by sand in the fjord. The tall mountains give the area an air of mystery, but not least unimaginable beauty. The fjord used to be a good natural harbour, but after a heavy storm in the 1600s, the fjord was blocked with sand. On the way up to the cairn, the path may be indistinguishable in some places, but when you reach the cairn itself, there is a cairn path all the way to Tjørnuvík. The cairns will lead you in a more easterly direction towards the area Frammi í Dal, where the river, Gellingará, meanders down through the valley. There is a special tranquillity here that ensures peace of mind and a smile on your face.
You now come to Tjørnuvíksskarð and the path goes slightly uphill. On Tjørnuvíksskarð, there is a beautiful view to the north of Eysturoy. From here, you see the characteristic rock pillars, Risin and Kellingin (Giant and Witch). The story of these two is that they were sent to the Faroe Islands to drag the islands to Iceland. The giant was standing in the sea, while his wife climbed up the mountain Eiðiskollur to tie the Faroe Islands together so that the giant could pull the islands away. She then set off so hard that the north of Eiðiskollur cracked. The preparations took longer than expected, and as the two were about to go back home to Iceland, the sun rose and turned the pair to stone.Here, you also have a view of Slættaratindur and Gráfelli, which – with their respective heights of 880 and 856 meters – are the two tallest mountains in the Faroe Islands.
Follow the cairns all the way down to Tjørnuvík. The densely settled village is a very beautiful and charming part of the Faroe Islands. Tjørnuvík is known for its special hymn singing, the Kingo-songs, which is an ancient hymn tradition that originates from the Danish hymn writer Thomas Kingo. The village has a choir that performs Kingo hymns. Tjørnuvík also has a nice sandy beach and striking waves that attract many visitors.
“Fossá” in Faroese means “river with waterfalls” – several streams on the islands have such name. In fact islands are very rich with waterfalls – and many smaller streams have formed even taller waterfalls than Fossá – but Fossá is considered to be the largest one.
The stream of falls starts in the uplands. One of the tributaries comes from Víkarvatn lake
Áarstova used to be a family home on the outskirts of the Tórshavn. Today, it provides the setting for a cozy wooden restaurant located in the heart of the city – undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in the Faroe Islands. The impeccable service at Áarstova is only matched by the food and wine menu, which includes fabulous Faroese lamb and carefully chosen wine and Scottish ales.
Day 4 Explore the island of Eysturoy
Slættaratindur, translated as “flat summit”, is the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, towering at 880 metres. On a clear day, all 18 islands of the Faroe Islands can be viewed from the top (some claim that Iceland’s Vatnajökull mountain can also be seen!). On June 21, the longest day of the year, it is tradition to climb Slættaratindur and watch the sun set and rise again.There are two points from which to start climbing to reach the summit; the first, from Gjógv, takes about four hours of hiking; the second, from Eiðisskarð, takes under an hour.As the country’s highest mountain, the mountain has an alluring effect on both old and young, Faroese and visitors. You start your trip at Eiðisskarð, which is the pass between Eiði and Funningur. Go over the fence at the parking lot where Eiðisskarð is highest. At this first leg, there is no path as such up to Slættaratindur, but when you go up, stay in a straight line from the parking lot. The fence is on your right-hand side. When you get to about 670 metres’ altitude, or after about a 30-40 minutes’ walk, you will come to the path that leads to the top . The path is inclined uphill to the left. Here, you are already so high that you have a view of, e.g. Haldórsvík, with the eight-sided church and a string of mountains that encircle the villages in the north. Throughout the hike, you will be accompanied by sheep that graze at the top of the Faroe Islands.
Despite being only 63km from the capital city of Tórshavn, the village can leave you feeling light years away from reality and society. There is not much happening there; nature is all one needs to keep occupied. Gjógv has one of the best natural harbors in the Faroe Islands and has a rich fishing history. Rich history doesn’t come without a tragedy or two, and Gjógv is no exception.
In the village, you will undoubtedly see a memorial dedicated to the many fishermen who lost their lives at sea. We never saw another soul in Gjógv, not even a local, so this really humanized the place and reminded me that life on the beautiful Faroe Islands didn’t come without countless sacrifices. The memorial is imaged by a female and two children looking out to the sea with the names of the lost fishermen behind them.
The statue was created by Janus Kamban. His name is well-known across the Faroes for his commemorative statues throughout the islands.
Day 5 Hike to Krosstindur
Day 6 & 7 Go Birdwatching in Mykines
Spectacular beauty. It is as simple as that.
The hike from the old solitary Mykines village with turf-roofed houses to the lighthouse at the end of the the islet of Mykineshólmur is truly something special – an otherworldly experience at the edge of this world. This secluded island, with its rolling hills and precipitous cliffs, has deservedly become a traveller’s favourite.
Enjoy tremendous views of the ocean to the west and other islands to the east as you walk across the island dubbed the “paradise of birds” because of its magnificent and rich bird life, including hundreds of cute puffins nestled in burrows in the clifftops during the summer months.
Day 8. Gasadalur
Home to the beautiful waterfall Múlafossur, the village of Gásadalur sits tucked away between lush green fields and soaring mountains to all sides. It is one of those locations that you only imagine you will experience through photographs.Prior to 2004, there were only three ways of reaching the tiny community; none of them included travel by car. One way was to hike over the 700-metre mountains, and the other two options were by boat or helicopter. The inaccessibility of the remote location meant the village’s population fell dramatically.In 2004, a tunnel was blasted through one of the mountains, allowing automobile travel to the isolated settlement. Today, the population totals approximately a dozen people.
Day 9 Explore Vágar
Q. I never been on a solo trip, will I enjoy it?
Ans. At TBT 90% solo travelers join the trip because they do not have friends who want to go with them or they don’t want to go with friends so yes you will meet like minded people on trip and you will enjoy it.
Q.Can I see pictures from your earlier trips?
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Q. How we will travel from one city to another?
Ans. Private taxi.
Q. What kind of hotels we will be staying?
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