The Far Islands are just a short flight from Iceland, yet they're way off the standard traveller's radar.
Adrift in the frothing swells of the North Atlantic, this mysterious 18-piece jigsaw puzzle of islands is at once ancient and very modern. The proud, long-suffering Farse character has been forged from Viking blood, Christian piety, Scandinavian openness and an awe for the humbling nature that's all around.
When visiting the Fars, you are never more than 5km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The countryside is dominated by steep mountains and there are about 80,000 sheep and some 2 million pairs of seabirds, including the largest colony of storm petrels in the world, puffins and gannets.
This short tour of the Fars takes you out the bird cliffs of Mykines, the beautiful village of Saksun with its natural amphitheatre of cliffs and the village of Gjógv. You will enjoy a tour of the old town and explore the old-world charm of Tórshavn. Stay at a boutique luxury hotel on the water's edge. Be sure to secure a booking at Michelin star rated restaurant KOKS before you go!
|Tour Provider||50 Degrees North|
|Number of Days||
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
1 to 20
Nature and Wildlife
|01 May 2019||30 Sep 2019||On request||AUD $2,485|
Arrive at the Vágar Airport in the Far Islands and private transfer to your seaside hotel (40 mins). Check into our hotel and settle in. When you are ready, head out on an old town tour with a guide to get your bearings and enjoy the history of this port village. Walk through the narrow cobbled streets, between traditional wooden houses with grass turf roofs, which date back many hundreds of years. You will also take in the the old fortress, the marina and the peninsular known as Tinganes, where you will walk through the iconic redwood, grass-roofed buidings of some the oldest parliament buidings in the world.
Tórshavn has a lively bar and restaurant scene - your guide can give you recommendations for your evening meals but be sure to reserve a booking at KOKS as early as you can.
After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel and driven to the historic village of Kirkjubøur, the southernmost village on Streymoy. Here is the country's most important historical site with the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300 and the Saint Olav's Church from 12th century. Visit the old farmhouse Kirkjubøargarður from 11th century, which is still occupied by the same family for 17 generations.
Then drive to the beautiful village of Saksun with its natural amphitheatre of cliffs and stunning nature. During low tides it is also possible to walk along the sandy beach to the ocean.
After exploring Saksun, your next stop is the village of Tjørnuvík, the most northerly village on Streymoy and now popular with surfers...yes you heard correctly...surfers!
Tjørnuvík also has one of the oldest Viking burial grounds where you can see the original burial stones. Take time here to enjoy your packed lunch whilst admiring the view of the "Giant and Hag" rock formations on the headland and learn about the legend behind the rocks.
Drive to the highest point on the Far Islands and descend into the beautiful and picturesque village of Gjógv. Here you may also get the opportunity to take coffee and cake with the locals. Return to Tórshavn in the late afternoon.
Meet your guide this morning and then together catch a local ferry from Sørvágur at 10:20. Your guide will point out places of interest on the ferry journey to Mykines and then on arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the village with refreshments.
Now it is time to head out to Mykineshólmur, which is connected to the main island by a wooden footbridge over a 35 metre deep gorge and ends with spectacular views from the lighthouse.
Following strict local guidelines, your guide will help you move through the Puffin colony with minimum impact on the birds.
Afterwards, return to Sørvágur on the 5.10pm ferry with transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.