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13th January 2019
This bestselling 7 nights fly-drive holiday to the Faroe Islands is the perfect way to explore this unique archipelago composed of 18 islands on your own terms.
Inspiring landscapes, unique and unspoiled nature, great hiking trails, good infrastructure, rich culture, friendly locals and very few tourists.
Enjoy the captivating silence, which is only broken by cascading waterfalls and the sound of waves crashing against the cliff face. In the Faroe Islands you are never further than 3 miles from the ocean and the highest mountain measures 882m above sea level.
On arrival pick up your rental car at the airport. Experience the island of Vágoy on your own. We recommend a visit to the small village of Gásadalur. From here you can walk on marked nature trails and enjoy the impressive view over Tindhólmur. Don't miss the beautiful waterfall that runs into the ocean.
1 night VÁGOY - Hotel Vágar (B)
On your way northwards we recommend the two hours boat trip to Vestmanna birdcliffs, where you will sail between the cliffs and into the grottoes. Also visiting Tjørnuvik, which is surrounded by steep mountains. Here, you can see the impressive rock stacks, the Giant and the Witch. Cross the bridge that connects the islands of Eysturoy and Streymoy, and continue to the village of Eiði. More beautiful surroundings and nature await you, as well as a view of the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Slættaratindur, 882 meters.
2 nights EYSTUROY - Hotel Gjáargarður (B)
*Boat trip not included
Enjoy this day at the picturesque village of Gjógv, which is known for its unique natural harbour. Here it is possible to hike on your own and enjoy the view of the birdcliffs and the beautiful valley Ambadalur. Hiking maps are available from your hotel.
From Leirvik you drive through the sub-sea tunnel to the town of Klaksvík. The tunnel is decorated with lights by the famous Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson. From Klaksvik it is possible to explore the other Northern Islands, each offering dramatic landscapes. On the island of Viðoy lies the northernmost village in the Faroe Islands, Viðareiði, which offers stunning views across the isthmus to the island of Fugloy ('bird island').
1 night BORÐOY - Hotel Klaksvik (B)
We suggest you visit the island of Kunoy in the morning. From this tiny village is a beautiful view of the island of Kalsoy, the most westerly of the all northerly islands. Local legend tells of a wooden plank from Noah's ark covered in clams and seashells which washed onto the shores of Kunoy. People who have gotten lost in the fog have seen the plank, but no one who has gone looking for it has ever found it. Back on Eysturoy you will drive towards the village of Søldarfjørður, where you visit a private home with an impressive garden. Here coffee and cake will be served before you return to Tórshavn.
2 nights TÓRSHAVN - Hotel Hafnia or Hotel Føroyar (B)
Visit the beautiful and green island of Sandoy, also called the Saga-island. The island is, compared to the other islands, characterised by mostly flat terrain. The island has a wealth of history and wonderful nature. Take the ferry from the harbour in Gamlarætt to the village of Skopun. Don't miss the villages of Dalur and Húsavik which lie in beautiful surroundings. It's also worth a short detour to the fishing village of Skálavik.
Enjoy the day in Tórshavn at your own pace, but don't forget to visit the village of Kirkjubøur which is the Faroe Islands' historical and cultural centre, and about 6 miles away from Tórshavn. The picturesque old farm is home to a family who for 17 generations have run the farmstead and ecclesiastic site. See the unfinished Magnus Cathedral and the small medieval church of St. Olav.
1 night VÁGOY - Hotel Vágar (B)
Return rental car at the airport. Depart home.
Departure Day: Mondays and Fridays
Departure Dates: 30 March - 24 September
Mon: Depart EDI 1925 Arrive Faroes 2050
Fri: Depart EDI 1010 Arrive Faroes 1135
Mon:Dep Faroes 1715 Arr EDI 1840
Fri: Dep Faroes 0800 Arr EDI 0925
Duration: 7 nights
Price per person: £1280 (single supplement on request)
Hotel Vágar ***
This Vágar Island hotel is situated in the picturesque fishing village of Sørvágur, just a 2-minute walk from Vágar Airport. Rooms are clean and comfortable and furnished with private bathroom, satellite TV, and wireless internet. We recommend having dinner in the à la carte restaurant and bar, as the kitchen serves international dishes, as well as local specialities. It offers free parking, 24-hour reception and impressive views of the landscape.
Hotel Gjáargarður **
This charming turf roof hotel nearby the harbour boasts spectacular views of the Faroe Islands. All rooms are simple yet cosy with private bathroom and internet. You can enjoy the TV room, and resturant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Staying here gives you great options for hiking, with Slættaratindur and Gráfelli mountains nearby.
Hotel Klaksvik ***
Hotel Klaksvík is well located in Klaksvík with a beautiful view of the surrounding area. You can enjoy good food and a comfortable stay with wireless internet. All rooms are fully equipt with bathroom, TV, and hairdryer. After a full day of sightseeing we recommend relaxing in the restaurant overlooking the harbour. The hotel is close to the city center, tourist attractions and tourist information centre.
HOTEL HAFNIA (4 star) - Tórshavn
Situated in the heart of Tórshavn, Hotel Hafnia is within ideal walking distance of the harbour and the historical part of town. All rooms are ensuite and nicely furnished, complete with telephone, radio, hairdryer, minibar and wireless internet. This hotel has great facilities including a restaurant, cafe, bar, sauna, and a fabulous roof terrance from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city.
Hotel Føroyar ****
Beautifully located hotel with a striking turf roof. All rooms are ensuite and complete with bathtub/toilet, telephone, radio, TV, hairdryer, and mini bar. The business rooms and suites have a bathroom with a Jacuzzi. Fine dining restaurant KOKS, and cafe/bar in the hotel lobby, and internet. The hotel is approx. 2 km from the city centre and has a panaromic view over Tórshavn and the island of Nólsoy.
The Classic Circle
Boat trip to Vestmanna birdcliffs
Travel through nararow, deep grottoes, carved by the surf through ages, and sail close to the 1500 feet high-rise cliffs where thousands of seabirds are nesting. In the midst of this magnificent North Atlantic nature, man feels indeed very inferior, and you will understand why Faroese culture is so deeply rooted in respect for the forces of nature!
Departure: June, July & August, with up to three departures daily
Duration: 2 hours
Price: Approx £27 per person
The Faroe Islands have 900 kilometres of good roads. Most have two lanes and are paved. 17 of the 18 islands are connected by bridges, land bridges, ferry and/or helicopter.
We recommend that you bring warm clothing and a rain coat. Rubber boots or sturdy shoes are a necessity. Remember your camera and bincoculars.
Oceanic climate. Average temperature in July 11° Celsuis. In June the Faroe Islands enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight.
Banks and ATMs can be found in all major towns.