|08 Aug - 12 Aug|
Based in the Faroe’s tiny capital of Tórshavn, this small group tour ventures out on a number of forays to explore several of the majestic islands that make up the Faroes. Discover breath-taking scenery, beautiful lakes, historic architectural treasures, and an abundance of birdlife on various day trips out of Tórshavn, before retiring to the lap of eco-luxury at the end of each day.
Stay just a short walk from downtown Tórshavn in the newly opened four-star Hotel Brandon, the Faroe’s first fully sustainable hotel holding the eco-label Green-key. The opulent and welcoming hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a soak in one of several hot tubs after a busy day of sightseeing.
This is a small group tour that operates with a minimum of 8 persons/maximum of 16 persons.
Arrive at Vagar airport and transfer to Torshavn. On arrival check-in to the hotel for 4 nights. Meet the guide in the reception for a walking tour around the old part of Torshavn, named after the Norse god of war. Wander along the cobbled lanes and narrow passages that make up this unique capital from the Middle Ages and admire the private turf covered houses bursting with Faroese charm (please be respectful as these are people’s homes).
This morning head out to Kirkjubour, an important historical site for the Faroese and the southernmost village on the island of Stremoy. It owes its very existence to two strange items; driftwood, which thanks to the tidal currents washes up on the shore here, as well as copious amounts of seaweed. During medieval times it was the ecclesiastic and cultural centre of the Faroe Islands and today is home to the ruined St. Magnus Cathedral and St Olaf's church. Visit the turf-covered farmhouse called Roykstovan, which dates back to the 12th century and is one of the oldest inhabited timber houses in the world. Here, enjoy a coffee and cake before heading to the village of Vestmanna. Set sail for a 2-hour boat trip through narrow sounds and into deep grottoes, carved by the sea over time and out to the Vestmanna Cliffs towering some 600 metres into the sky. These cliffs are home to 1000s of birds - search for puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills. (lunch is a picnic box). (B,L)
After breakfast enjoy the scenic drive along the coast of Streymoy to the island of Eysturoy. Pass the famous rock formations - the Giant and the Witch - and admire the highest mountain in the country, Slættarartindur. Enjoy lunch in the pretty village of Gjogv before visiting the village of Nes. Faroese sheep have been selectively bred over centuries to be particularly resilient so their wool is exceptionally warm and water-resistant - ideal for the Faroes inclement weather. A Faroese proverb even states "Ull er Føroya gull": wool is the gold of the Faroe Islands. Stop off in a local shop that sells knitting patterns and wool etc, there will even be an opportunity to taste some delicious Faroes delicacies. On the way back to Torshavn, drive though the new underground sea tunnel and world’s first undersea roundabout. (B,L)
This morning drive to the harbour at Gamlarætt, which takes around 20 minutes from Torshavn, and board the ferry for the short journey over to Sandoy. Sandoy is an unspoilt natural beauty and is often overlooked by visitors to the Faroes.
In the main village of Sandur you will visit a typical Faroese grass-roofed wooden church, an ancient Viking settlement, and an art gallery showcasing the largest collection of Faroese art. In Sandur there is also a village museum which depicts what a home looked like in the 19th century and how people used to live. In the quaint village of Dalur, with its charming grass-roofed church and black pebbled beach, stop for lunch and enjoy delicious Faroese food and learn about Faroese culture. Afterwards, see how the local women work the wool as they sing Faroese songs and share stories. In the later afternoon catch the ferry back to Streymoy, but not before marvelling at the world’s largest post box. (B,L)
After breakfast, check out and drive to the island of Vagar to visit the stunning remote village of Gasadalur. Prior to 2004, when a tunnel was built through the mountains, the only way to reach this secluded settlement was over the high mountains using the steps cut into the mountain, following the route the postman used to take three times a week. Transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)
08 Aug 2024
12 Aug 2024