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    6 days - Family Adventure tour with local and authentic experiences

    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 Faroese character has been forged from Viking blood, Christian piety, Scandinavian openness and an awe for the humbling nature that's all around.

    This family tour of the Faroes takes you to the bird cliffs of Mykines, the beautiful village of Saksun with its natural amphitheatre of cliffs and the village of Gjógv. You will meet the Faroe Island ponies for a horse riding tour, meeting this one-of-a-kind breed close to nature. Head off for an adventurous rib boating experience or enjoy family hiking to a bloody Viking battle ground from 700 years ago.

    Day 1
    Arrive Vágar Airport
    Day 2
    Day trip to Mykines before transferring into Tórshavn
    Day 3
    Day tour to the historic village of Kirkjubøur, Saksun and Gjógv
    Day 4
    Viking Hiking Tour
    Day 5
    Rib boating adventure under the bird cliffs, Loftið
    Day 6
    Departure Day
    Start Place
    Vágar, Faroe Islands
    End Place
    Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
    Country Visited
    Faroe Islands
    Duration
    6 Days
    Start Date
    Flexible
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Easy family-friendly tour
    Code
    50DN0260

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    By car, day tour by minivan and on foot.

    Included
    • Accommodation family rooms with private facilities, upgrades are possible
    • Car hire group A (Nissan Micra or similar, manual) including unlimited km, CDW and VAT
    • Daily breakfast
    • Full day tour to the villages of Kirkjubøur, Saksun and Gjógv including lunch and refreshments
    • Day tour and ferry ride to the islands of Mykines, famous for it's bird cliffs
    • Viking Hiking Tour
    • Rib boating adventure to the bird cliffs of Loftið, depending on availability
    Not Included

    Tunnel fees where applicable, activities and ferry rides between islands.

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

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Vágar Airport

    Arrive at the Vágar Airport and pick up car. Dinner can be at the cafe close by at the fjords end or head to Faroe Fish Dinner, a 15 minute drive back to Sandavágur.

    If you are wanting to stretch your legs this afternoon, hiking to Slave Cliff (Lake Above the Ocean) is a 6.5 km hike, taking an hour to walk out at a leisurely pace, small hiking fee applies at entrance to this private land.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Vágar or similar. This hotel is currently under renovation and is opening up again in 2024.

    Day 2 - Day trip to Mykines before transferring into Tórshavn

    Meet your private guide in Sørvágur, ready to take the ferry to the Mykines island at 10:20. After ca. 45min ferry journey and on arrival at Mykines, you will go on a guided tour of the village with some refreshments.
    After then continue on a guided walk to Mykineshólmur, which is connected to the main island by a wooden footbridge over a 35 meter deep gorge and ends with spectacular views from the lighthouse. You will be walking directly through the Puffin colony, so expect "close encounters of the bird kind" and many photo opportunities. Return ferry to Sørvágur at 17:05.

    Travel into Tórshavn, check into your hotel and settle in. When you are ready, walk through the narrow cobbled streets, between traditional wooden houses with grass turf roofs, which date back many hundreds of years. Visit 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 buildings in the world.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Centrally located Hotel Hafnia, Hotel Føroyar or similar
    Restaurants
    Um Áarstovu
    Etika Faroe Islands

    Day 3 - Day tour to the historic village of Kirkjubøur, Saksun and Gjógv

    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 Faroe 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Accommodation
    Hotel Hafnia, Hotel Føroyar or similar
    Restaurants
    Um Áarstovu
    Etika Faroe Islands

    Day 4 - Viking Hiking Tour

    After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and join a group hiking tour. Start the walking tour, past Mannafelsdalur, the site of a bloody Viking battle 700 years ago where mounds of grass still grow with a red hue, said to be the blood of the slain Viking rebels, while in the distance, the NATO radar listening station nestled high above the Faroese landscape reminds us of more modern conflict.

    Hike to the panoramic and truly breathtaking views overlooking Vágoy and Trøllkonufingur....a photographer's dream! .... and a landscape that would grace a Tolkien legend. Then walk over the ridge to an open landscape with lake views at Vatnsdalur and down to Norðadalur, with spectacular views of the islands Hestoy and Koltur, where you will pause for Faroese delicacies and refreshments, before taking a short drive into the capital, Tórshavn.

    Here you will take a historic tour of the ancient and narrow cobbled streets that wind in and out of the traditional wooden, grass-roofed houses that truly define the Faroe Islands and on to Tinganes, to explore the ancient site and traditional red wood, grass-roofed buildings of the oldest parliament in the world.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel Hafnia, Hotel Føroyar or similar

    Day 5 - Rib boating adventure under the bird cliffs, Loftið

    After breakfast, drive to the small village of Gamlarætt. Here you will start a round trip from Gamlarætt in Streymoy to the island of Hestur, sightseeing around the island. Slowly your rib boat will move as near as possible to the birds under the cliff, Loftið, which vertical wall measures some 1,200 feet.

    Hestur Island harbours guillemots, puffins, black guillemots, shags, fulmars and eiders. A couple of seal caves are there as well.

    If the weather is good, you will also sail into the caves, Álvagjógv and Klæmintsgjógv, depending on current and wind directions.

    This afternoon is free for your final night in Tórshavn.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel Hafnia, Hotel Føroyar or similar

    Day 6 - Departure Day

    Drive to the airport, return your rental car and depart.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs. There is the option to upgrade to a seaside, newly renovated, boutique hotel Hotel Havgrim 1948. We can custom make and price this itinerary for you.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 May 2024
    31 Aug 2024
    1 May 2024
    31 Aug 2024
    NZD 5,252
    On request
    Standard

    Important Information

    Please note the weather conditions can be wild and unpredictable in the Faroe Islands. Your guide may change the itinerary at short notice to suit the local conditions. Ferries can be cancelled due to rough sea.

    Helicopter flights can be included.

    There are new guidelines for protecting the Puffin colony at Mykines which your guide will advise you on.

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