Explore the Faroe Islands at leisure on this 5 day fly-drive tour. The Faroes enjoy a temperate climate where it never gets too cold, and year–round you can experience sunshine, rain, and wind all in the space of a few minutes. Whilst travel between October to December can be a little more unpredictable, you can escape the summer crowds and at times it will feel like you have the islands to yourselves (and the sheep). Witness lush green fields that tumble towards steep cliffs, beautifully peppered with colourful Nordic homes and churches. Drive island to island over causeways and through tunnels, and see real life in tiny, scarcely-populated villages. Enjoy the spectacular sea-view vista over Tindholmur, visit the many fishing villages spread all over the islands, and learn about the rich culture and history of this unique destination. Based in Tórshavn, you will have the chance to explore at your own pace, visiting unique museums, and art galleries, driving around the islands and taking in the sweeping vistas.
Fly to Vágar and collect your rental car. Drive to the west of the island and visit the remote village of Gásadalur, perched on a cliff side. Cut off from the rest of the island until a tunnel was dug through the mountains to access it in 2004, this charming village has a population of just 17 and is surrounded by mountains and dramatic scenery. Once you've looked around, drive to Tórshavn and check-in to the beautiful Hotel Føroyar for four nights, with views across the town and sea.
With your own car, and with short driving distances between the islands, it is easy to cover a lot of ground each day. Today you could visit the picturesque village of Saksun, situated at the end of a long valley and perched above the Pollurin tidal lagoon. From here you can retrace your steps and then head up the eastern coast of Streymoy Island to the village of Tjørnuvík which is perhaps one of the most dramatic villages in the islands. Surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides and with views out to sea on the other, the village is said to be one of the first places on the islands to have been settled. Return to Tórshavn in the evening.
Today you could head towards the Northern Islands, crossing the Atlantic by bridge to the island of Eysturoy and on towards Bordoy. On Eysturoy, visit the village of Gjógv with its gorge and colourful houses and winding roads heading towards the sea, whilst the church in Norðragøta is decorated by artist Tróndur Pattursson. From here you can drive through the undersea tunnel to the town of Klaksvík, where the modern Christianskirkjan was built to reflect the local fishing traditions, including a wooden eight-oared boat hanging from the ceiling. Return to Tórshavn after your day exploring.
Today, you could spend the day exploring Tórshavn, walking through the old town “A Reyni”, Tinganes and the old fort of Skanskin. Visit the village of Kirkjubøur (a 20 minute drive) - the Faroe Islands' historical and cultural centre with its ancient churches and remains dating back to the 12th century. See a picturesque old farm, the unfinished Magnus Cathedral and the small medieval church of St. Olav. If you’re feeling energetic you can walk there from Tórshavn before returning by bus (or on foot!).
Drive back to the airport and return the rental car before catching your flight back to the UK.
This trip runs from Thursday to Monday between 1st October and 19th December from Edinburgh. Daily flights are available via Copenhagen daily for a supplement, departing from a variety of airports across the UK.