The Far Islands is a dream destination for those who love nature and outdoor activities. It is an exceptional place to travel in because there is no need to go far to experience outstanding and unspoiled nature. As much of the more rugged scenery is accessible only on foot, a great way to explore the islands is to hike around them, there are footpaths on all the islands, some marked with cairns which function as inland lighthouse to aid walkers' navigation between villages.
Join this independent tour where we will provide you with a proposed program and detailed route descriptions, but where you can set the agenda and pace for your tour, just as you like it!
|Tour Provider||50 Degrees North|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Cycling/Trekking, Nature and Wildlife, Walking
|01 May 2019||31 Aug 2019||On request||AUD $4,225|
After arrival you will pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to Hotel Vágar - only 200 meters down the road - where you will spend the first night. If you have energy, we recommend you to start this hiking week with a hike along Leitisvatn, the largest lake in the Far Islands. This is an easy two-hour walk to the stunning waterfall of Bøsdalafossur, which runs from the lake straight to the sea.
Take the ferry to the westernmost isle of the Fars for a Hike on the amazing bird island of Mykines. You will take a hike out to the Mykines-islet, which is known for its challenging route and rich bird life, and in particular the puffins and gannets are the attraction, but you might see some inquisitive or dozing seals as well. The lighthouse in the end of the hike is well photographed and definitely worth a visit.
In the evening, drive to the small village of Gjógv and its welcoming guesthouse for the next two nights. Gjógv is a great place for discovering the northern regions of the Far Islands.
Today, you have many options for local hikes. For those wanting an easy start, you could hike straight from the door of your guesthouse to see the local sea stacks and the views over the Atlantic, ask for more information at the guest house. If the day is clear, we also recommend a hike to Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Fars. This can be done as a return trip from Gjógv.
Alternatively, you could drive to see the picturesque villages of Saksun and Tjørnuvík. If you are interested in doing the scenic hike in between the villages (we recommend from Saksun to Tjørnuvík), ask for transportation options from the guesthouse the night before.
Drive via the capital, Tórshavn, to the car ferry on your way to the southernmost island of Suðuroy, and check-in at Hotel Tvøroyri. Take the hike to Hvannhagi where you have the beautiful view over Lítla Dímun and Stóra Dímun.
Hiking from Øravík to Vágur which gives you the chance to see a lot of the island. You can hike the same way back to Øravík, or you can take the bus back to Tvøroyri. Alternatively, take a hike to the bridge over Rituskor for some stunning photos, and only if you are not afraid of the heights!
Today you are heading back to Tórshavn where you will have the opportunity to go on a boat tour, just relax, go shopping or just enjoy the peaceful capital. Take a walk through the old town - á Reyni og Tinganes. Check in at your hotel for the next two nights.
Only 20 minutes ferry ride away you will experience the life on a small island called Nólsoy, where people still live the peaceful and traditional lifestyle. Hike to the lighthouse on Borðan.
We also recommend the hike from Tórshavn to Kirkubøur - the old cultural center of the Far Islands with historical buildings dating back to the 1100s. Visit the oldest wooden house Roykstovan with its 900 years, the Far oldest church from the year 1111 and the ruins of St. Petersburg. Magnus Cathedral, considered one of the greatest cultural attractions.
This hiking week has come to an end and you have a plane to catch. If you have time, take a small detour to the small and picturesque villages of Bøur and Gásadalur before dropping-off your rental car at the airport.