Offering a perfect breeding and nesting environment for migrating birds, the Faroe Islands become home during the summer months to puffins, plovers, sparrows, wild geese, storm petrels, ravens, crows, gannets, guillemots and the national bird of the Faroes – the oyster catcher.
Embark upon a unique fly-drive adventure to this undiscovered destination, locked away in the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean. Witness thousands of Atlantic puffins on Mykines gathering to nest and rear their young, go in search of the only Faroese gannet colony, and take part in a fascinating excursion after dark on the island of Nolsoy to discover the largest colony of storm petrels in the world.
If time permits enjoy a boat trip to the renowned Vestmanna bird cliffs. Cruise alongside the towering cliff faces and hunt for the breeding areas of guillemots and razorbills.
This itinerary is available from 1 June to 15 August.
Fly to Vagar. Collect the rental car at the airport and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps, visit the small villages of Bour and Gasadalur, or take a walk from the village of Midvagur to the rock formation known as the Witches’ Finger. This walk offers a beautiful scenery. Overnight in Vagar.
Drive to the village of Sorvagur and travel by ferry to the island of Mykines - the westernmost of the 18 Islands of the Faroe Archipelago - an island rich with bird life. Upon arrival, meet with a local guide and begin a 2-3 hour hike to Mykinesholm. Enjoy spectacular views, admire dramatic coastline and discover bird colonies, including thousand of puffins. Mykines is also home to the only Faroese gannet colony. Later in the afternoon return to Vagar by ferry and return to the accommodation for an overnight stay. (B,L)
Drive through the island of Streymoy, and over the bridge to Eysturoy. Continue to the village of Eidi and embark upon a 2 hour hike with a local guide to Mount Eidiskollur - the only area in the Faroe Islands where sheep are prohibited to graze. Experience rich bird life and plant life and enjoy the panoramic view from the top of the mountain. Continue on to the village of Gjogv, passing the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Slaettaratindur at 882 meters. Keep a look out to sea for the impressive rock formations - the Giant and the Witch. Overnight in Eysturoy. (B) As lunch is not included today, why not ask the hotel/guesthouse for a lunch bag. Ensure you pre-order the day before.
Spend the morning in the pretty village of Gjogv, which is known for its natural harbour. Here, it is possible to hike in the surrounding area. Just a 30 minute walk up the mountainside will offer beautiful views of the adjacent islands, and over bird cliffs. In the afternoon, drive to the village of Soldafjordur via Funningsfjordur to visit a private home with a unique garden, and to enjoy coffee and cake. Drive to the harbour in Gamlaraett via Torshavn and board the ferry to the island of Sandoy. Overnight on Sandoy. (B) As lunch is not included today, Regent recommends eating at the Gjaargardur Guesthouse in Gjogv.
Enjoy a guided walk with a local guide to Lake Grothusvatn, to see and hear more about the bird life including puffins, gannets, oyster catchers, plovers, sparrows and wild gees. Continue to the sand dunes where a large array of flowers, including spotted orchid, moss and lichens can be found. Overnight on the island of Sandoy. (B,L)
Return to Torshavn. There is a regular ferry service back to the capital. Once back in Torshavn, spend the day at leisure. Perhaps drive to the village of Kirkjubour where St Olav's church - the oldest church still in use in the Faroe Islands, is located. Kirkjubour is also home to Roykstovan, a farmhouse more than 900 years old which has been occupied by 17 generations of the same Faroese family. Perhaps, stop for lunch at cafe Bordkrokur, which is located at the Nordic House. In the evening travel by ferry to the island of Nolsoy. Upon arrival, head to the local tourist office to discover where the accommodation for the overnight stay will be. Later in the evening, take part in a guided walk to discover the largest Storm Petrel colony in the world. This exciting walk takes place from 10pm to 2am. Overnight on the island of Nolsoy. (B)
Return to Torshavn by ferry and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps, visit the National Museum and the Open Air Museum, which is situated in beautiful surroundings by the old village of Hoyvik. Overnight in Torshavn. (B) As lunch is not included today, Regent recommends eating in the quirky capital Torshavn. Choose from the cosy Kaffihusid by the harbourside, Hvonn Brasserie at Hotel Torshavn, or café Kaspat at Hotel Hafnia. Take an optional excursion and embark on one of the most popular tourist trip in the Faroe Islands - an unforgettable boat tour to the renowned Vestmanna bird cliffs and grottos. Cruise alongside towering cliff faces and search for the breeding areas of puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Contact a Regent Travel Specialist to book.
Return the rental car at the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)
8 day tour, from £1885 per person
- Return flights in economy class with Atlantic Airways direct fom Edinburgh
- All airport taxes
- 8 days car hire group B incl. unlimited mileage, CDW+TP*, including pick up/drop off at Vagar airport
- 7 nights accommodation in B&B and guesthouses with breakfast
- Meals as specified
- Sightseeing tours wih local guides
*Please contact us for full details and conditions of car hire
Remember to bring warm and practical clothes, a water bottle for the walks and binoculars.
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