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Treasures of the Faroe Islands, self drive

  • Day 1 - Arrive with Atlantic Airways, drive to Sørvágur and surrounding area.
  • Day 2 - Viking ruins, rock formations and the village of Gjógv.
  • Day 3 - Saksun, Dúvugarðar - a beach walk, museums and viking settlements.
  • Day 4 - See the Rolling Stones and enjoy the amazing tunnels and islands of the Faroes.
  • Day 5 - Explore the Northern Islands - churches, bird promontory and tranquility.
  • Day 6 - Travel to Tórshavn and enjoy this cosy capital.
  • Day 7 - Enjoy a full day's excursion to the island of Nólsoy.
  • Day 8 - Explore Tórshavn; a walk through the old part of Tórshavn.
  • Day 9 - Depart with Atlantic Airways

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Departure Information

Journey beginning and ending at Copenhagen, Denmark

Available: 2019-05-01 to 2019-09-30 starting from $2758 AUD

Overview

Experience up close the birdlife, the green nuances of the mountains, the colourful villages, beautiful deep fjords and the nearby islands that rise majestically. Maybe you will feel as though you are part of a fairytale world.

A world of wild and untouched nature, hospitality, Faroese cuisine, Faroese ballads and the pure ocean will surround you on the 9 day self-drive tour. At 50 Degrees North, we encourage you to get off the beaten track so please contact us if you wish to add more to your Faroe Island tour.

Day 1 – Arrive with Atlantic Airways, drive to Sørvágur and surrounding area.

Arrive with Atlantic Airways to Vágar Airport. Upon arrival a local representative will welcome you in the airport and you will have your rented car and a map for the Faroe Islands.

First stop is only some 200 metres down the road, a local hotel. After check in we recommend that you take a drive to the small and picturesque villages Bøur and Gásadalur. The tour offers an unparalleled view of the fjord, the islet Tindhólmur and Mykines. Until recently the only way to get to charming Gásadalur was on foot from Bøur and over the mountain. Although there now is a tunnel to Gásadalur, the village is still unspoiled and has preserved its charm and authenticity.

Hotel Vágar has an international kitchen, where you also have the opportunities to experience Faroese specialities (depending of season).

Day 2 – Viking ruins, rock formations and the village of Gjógv.

Today, head off in your car to Eysturoy via Streymoy, where you on the north/west side will find the village Gjógv.

On the way there you will pass the first subsea tunnel, which on the deepest spot is more than 105 meters under sea level – then to Vestmanna where you have the opportunity by boat to see the most popular attraction on the Faroe’s the bird-cliffs north of the village. The boat trip is approx. 2 hours and is an additional EUR40 & needs to be booked in advance.

On the journey from Vestmanna to Kvívík, stop to see the viking settlements. The trip continues over Streymoy – crossing "the bridge over the Atlantic" for Eysturoy – futher to Eiði where you can see the famous rock formations known as the "giant and the old hag" and also Slættaratindur (882 meters), the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands.

Enjoy the next two nights at the unique Hotel Gjáargarður in Gjógv. There is a small restaurant within this quaint hotel.

Day 3 – Saksun, Dúvugarðar – a beach walk, museums and viking settlements.

We suggest a trip to Tjørnavík – a walk along the beach where you might find remainings from the vikings, as this is the place where the viking settled first in the Faroe Islands.

A stop in Saksun is at must. The village is surrounded by steep mountains and a lagoon-like lake with a sandy beach leading the way out to the Atlantic Ocean. If the tide is going out to can walk all the way out to the sea. Back in the village you can take the opportunity to visit the church and the old farmhouse Dúvugarðar.

Day 4 – See the Rolling Stones and enjoy the amazing tunnels and islands of the Faroes.

Today’s tour goes fra Gjógv to Klaksvík – on the way there you will pass Oyndafjørður and just before the village take the time to see the Rolling Stones. From Oyndafjørður to the island Borðoy through the second subsea tunnel – where you in the bottom will see the fantastic glass paintings of Tronður Patursson.

Next two nights at Hotel Klaksvík.

Day 5 – Explore the Northern Islands – churches, bird promontory and tranquility.

Explore the Northern islands – first to the northern most village Viðareiði, where – if you are fit – you can climb the mountain north of the village to the top of the world highest promontory Enniberg. On the top you will have a excellent view over Fugloy, Svínoy, Borðoy and Kunoy.

From Viðareiði to Kunoy where you can enjoy a walk in the very nice plantation. Then to Klaksvík again where you can visit Christians church, the church in Klaksvík which is told to be the most beautiful church on the Faroe islands.

Take the opportunity to visit Kalsoy which is known for its many legends. The best known of them is the legend about the seal woman who was captured and forced to marry a farmer´s son from Mikladalur and had children with him. But she longed to go back to the sea and one day when her husband had gone fishing, she found the key to the chest where her seal skin was hidden, put it on and returned to her natural element. See the beautiful statue of the seal woman in the village Mikladalur.

Day 6 – Travel to Tórshavn and enjoy this cosy capital.

On the way to Tórshavn we suggest a stop in Leirvík to see the viking settlements there.

In Tórshavn – Take the opportunity to visit the faroese handy work and design shops, the cozy cafes near the harbor Vágsbotn, and maybe even a visit to the National museum, the Art museum and the Nordic house.

Check in to Hotel Streym. Head down to Barbara Fish House – their fish soup is fantastic, located in a very cozy and picturesque location in the old part of the town. Or chasing Michelen star ratings, perhaps taxi out to KOKS.

Day 7 – Enjoy a full day’s excursion to the island of Nólsoy.

A full day excursion to the island of Nólsoy – just 20 minutes away from Tórshavn – you will discover an island totally different from the 2016 Europe – you will travel several decades back in time. Take the opportunity to discover the island together with one of the local guides (an additional cost).

The island has the largest colony of storm petrels – but these birds are only possible to see at night time.

The light house there has on of the largest lens which is more that 3 metre in diameter and the weight is over 4 tonnes. A hike out to Borðan where you find the lighthouse can be recommend.

Day 8 – Explore Tórshavn; a walk through the old part of Tórshavn.

Explore Tórshavn; a walk through the old part of Tórshavn "á Reyni", Tinganes and the old fort Skansin – the tour can also be done with a local guide.

In the afternoon we suggest a tour to Kirkjubøur (20 min. drive) – the old cultural centre of the Faroes. Visit the roughly 900-year-old Roykstovan, where the King’s yeoman still lives after 17 generations; Ólav’s church from AD 1111, named aftger King Olav the Holy. This church is the oldest church in the Faroes, and is still in use. See the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral, which is regarded as one of the largest cultural attractions in the Faroes.

Day 9 – Depart with Atlantic Airways

In the afternoon, head to the airport, deliver hire car and depart.

Inclusions:

  • Return flight with Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands (from Copenhagen) and taxes.
  • Car hire group A (Nissan Micra or similar, manual) including unlimited km, CDW and VAT.
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees

Exclusions:

Tunnel fee of 130 kr /Euro 18, activities and ferry rides between islands, international flights, lunches and dinners not detailed in the program and items of personal nature.

If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are ‘on request’ and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.

Enquiries

To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!

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