Mykines is one of the Faroes' most iconic islands and a bird-watchers paradise - considered a must see for many visitors. The Faroe Island's most western island is accessible by a 45 minute ferry from Sørvágur, as well as by helicopter for those looking to experience something a little different and take in the aerial view.
The ferry does tend to book up well in advance and inclement weather can cause cancellations so it is always advisable to plan to visit Mykines towards the beginning of a holiday.
The tiny Mykines village is full of its own charm and has just 10 all-year residence. The brightly coloured houses and traditional tarred and grass roofed building paint a very pretty picture, amplified by the fact that there are no roads here.
The bird life in Mykines, specifically the ability to see adorable puffins up close during the summer nesting season is the island's main draw. Second to that is the spectacular hike to Mykineshólmur islet. This moderately difficult, 2.5 km linear hiking trail boasts magnificent views across the sea and the archipelago. At the end of the trail, hikers cross a precarious 40m foot bridge over the Atlantic to get to the tiny islet that is home to the island's famous lighthouse.
We recommend experiencing the joys of this island with a local guide to get the most out of the visit. An experienced guide ensures you will enjoy the best views and locations to take in the abundance of bird life. Speak to your Regent Faroe Islands specialist for more information.
Please note that a conservation fee is required for all visitors to this island.