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Essential Faroe Islands Self Drive

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 1,622

Explore the remote Faroe Islands on an incredible self-drive tour. As you head island to island, you’ll cross windswept cliffs, see puffing colonies, climb the world’s highest promontory, and travel back in time as you visit medieval churches and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings.


This 9-day Denmark self-drive takes you across the Faroe Islands, a remote island group located to the north of the United Kingdom. This self-drive tour is perfect for independent travellers who like the flexibility to decide their own pace and itinerary when exploring the world. Whether you prefer a self-drive car with pre-booked accommodation or a rental car, Goway has you covered. The Faroe Islands are perfect destinations to explore at your own pace. If this tour peaks your interest, we also offer self-drive tours in other parts of the world.

The Faroe Islands are a Danish self-governing archipelago located in the North Atlantic Ocean above the United Kingdom. These 18 remote islands are some of the best-kept secrets in Europe. The windswept and treeless moorlands are perfect for hiking, while the mountainous cliffs offer incredible views of the ocean and the surrounding islands. If you love nature and mythical culture, you’ll love a trip to the Faroe Islands.

Your Faroe Islands vacation begins in Sorvagur, where you’ll pick up your car and begin your journey across the islands. Start with a picturesque drive to the villages of Bour and Gasadalur, where you’ll enjoy incredible views of Tindholmur and Mykines. The next day, head through the underground tunnel to Vestmanna, where you can take a boat tour to see the birds that make their home on the cliffs north of the village. Continue on to Kvivik to see the Viking settlements and take the Atlantic Bridge to Eysturoy, where you’ll enjoy wonderful views at Eidi and Gjogv and see the rock formations known as “The Giant and the Old Hag.”

The following day, take a trip to the area around Tjornuvik, where the Vikings settled when they first landed in the Faroe Islands. Also consider heading to the village of Saksun, which is known for its lagoon-like lake and sandy beach leading to the Atlantic Ocean. Continue on to Klaksvik, passing through another subsea tunnel to see the incredible light installations of Trondur Patursson. Pass to the Northern Islands, where you’ll explore Viaareiai, where you can climb to the world’s highest promontory, Enniberg, which has a great vantage point over the surrounding islands. You can also visit Kalsoy, where you’ll learn about the many legends that hold sway over life in the villages.

Continue on to the capital, Torshavn, which is one of the smallest capitals in the world and home to the oldest parliament in the world. While in town, be sure to explore the Old Town, Reyni, visit Fort Skansin, and admire Faroese crafts and handiwork at the design shops near the harbour, Vagsbotn. The next day, enjoy a full-day excursion to Nolsoy, located only 20 minutes across the water from Torshavn. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled decades back in time as you explore the island, which is home to a colony of storm petrels and the incredible lighthouse, which has the largest lens in the world, reaching 3m in diameter and weighing over 4 tonnes.

Close out your Faroe Islands vacation by passing south to Kirkjubour to experience the cultural centre of the islands and visit 900-year-old Roykstovan, where the yeoman to the King of Denmark still lives to this day. You’ll also see Olav’s church, which dates back to 1,111AD and is the oldest remaining church in the islands. Then return to Sorvagur for your flight home.


 

 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,622

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Day 1

Arrival

Upon arrival a representative will welcome you at the airport and you will have your rented car and a map for the Faroe Islands.

First stop is only some 200 meters down the road where you will check in at Hotel Vagar for two nights. After check in we recommend that you take a drive to the small and picturesque villages Bour and Gasadalur. The tour offers an unparalleled view of the fjord, the islet Tindholmur and Mykines. Until recently the only way to get to charming Gasadalur was on foot from Bour and over the mountain. Although there now is a tunnel to Gasadalur, the village is still unspoiled and has preserved its charm and authenticity.

Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Vagar

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    Hotel Vagar



    Showcasing a playground and views of the mountains, Hotel Vagar is located in Sorvagur. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

    Showcasing a playground and views of the mountains, Hotel Vagar is located in Sorvagur. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Baggage storage
    • Business Facilities
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Front Desk Services
    • Heating
    • Ironing Service(Surcharge)
    • Laundry Facilities (Surcharge)
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Mini Golf
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Playground
    • Snack Bar
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Eysturoy

Today’s tour goes to Eysturoy via Streymoy, where you on the north/west side will find the small and charming village, Gjogv.

When leaving Vagar you will pass the first subsea tunnel, which on the deepest spot is more than 105 meters under sea level - further on to Vestmanna where you have the opportunity to go on a boat tour and experience the most popular attraction on the Faroe Islands - the bird cliffs of Vestmanna, which are north of the village. The boat trip is approx. 2 hours and has to be booked in advance.

From Vestmanna to Kvivik for a stop to see the viking settlements. The trip continues over Streymoy where you cross the Atlantic bridge for Eysturoy - futher on to Eiai. The road between Eiai and Gjogv offers many spots where you have an amazing view. One is of the famous rock formations known as the "giant and the old hag". Also, you pass the mountain Slaettaratindur (880 meters), which is the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands. Enjoy the next two nights at the unique Hotel Gjaargaraur in Gjogv.

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Day 3

Tjornuvik

We suggest a trip to Tjornuvik - where you still can see tracks and remains from the Vikings. Enjoy a walk and the amazing view along the beach, as this is the place where the vikings settled when arriving in the Faroe Islands for the first time.

A stop in Saksun is a 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 Duvugardar.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Gjaargardur

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    Hotel Gjaargardur



    This charming eco-friendly guesthouse, surrounded by a stunning natural landscape, is located on the second largest of the Faroe Islands, Eysturoy. It offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. Leisure options at Gjaargardur Guesthouse include table tennis and bicycle rentals. Other facilities include a TV ...

    This charming eco-friendly guesthouse, surrounded by a stunning natural landscape, is located on the second largest of the Faroe Islands, Eysturoy. It offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. Leisure options at Gjaargardur Guesthouse include table tennis and bicycle rentals. Other facilities include a TV room and seasonal restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Facilities

    • Bike Rental
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Gift Shop
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Packed Lunches
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Gjogv and Klaksvik

Today's tour goes from Gjogv to Klaksvík - on the way there you will pass Oyndarfjoraur and just before the village take the time to see the Rolling Stones. From Oyndarfjoraur to the island Boraoy where you pass through the second subsea tunnel - at the bottom you will see Tróndur Patursson's fantastic light installations. Next two nights at Hotel Klaksvík.

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Day 5

Northern Islands

Explore the Northern islands - first to the northern most village Viaareiai, where - if you are up to it - you can climb the mountain north of the village to the top of the world highest promontory Enniberg. On the top you will have an excellent view over Fugloy, Svínoy, Boraoy and Kunoy.

From Viaareiai 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Klaksvik

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    Hotel Klaksvik



    Handicap-friendly tourist hotel situated in the western part of Klaksvík with an excellent view to the town.

    Handicap-friendly tourist hotel situated in the western part of Klaksvík with an excellent view to the town.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Torshavn

On the way to Torshavn we suggest a stop in Leirvik to see the viking settlements there. In Torshavn - Take the opportunity to visit the Faroese handy work and design shops, the cozy cafes near the harbor Vagsbotn, and maybe even a visit to the National museum, the Art museum and the Nordic house.

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Day 7

Nolsoy Island

A full day excursion to the island of Nolsoy - just 20 minutes away from Torshavn - you will discover an island totally different from the 2010 Europe - you will travel several decades back in time. You can also take the opportunity to discover the island together with one of the local guides.

The island has the largest colony of storm petrels - but these birds are only possible to see a night time. The light house there has one of the largest lens which is more than 3 meters in diameter and the weight is over 4 tonnes. A hike out to Boraan where you find the lighthouse can be recommend.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Havn

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    Hotel Havn



    Located in central Thorshavn, Hotel Havn offers free parking and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Thorshavn Harbour is a 4-minute walk away. Breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Guests at Hotel Havn have access to a shared kitchen. ...

    Located in central Thorshavn, Hotel Havn offers free parking and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Thorshavn Harbour is a 4-minute walk away. Breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Guests at Hotel Havn have access to a shared kitchen. Laundry services are also available.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Car Hire
    • Lift
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Packed Lunches
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

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Day 8

Kirkjubour

We suggest that you explore the smallest and most cozy capital in the world. Visit the old town a Reyni, the world's oldest parliament Tinganes and Fort Skansin. Where you get a good overview of the city, its history and its architecture.

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

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Day 9

Departure

The tour has come to an end as you head back home, hopefully with many fantastic experiences from these 18 small islands in the North Atlantic.

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 days car rental - group A-car (Nissan Micra or similar) inclusions. 
  • Free mileage, CDW, TP*, airport tax and VAT.
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Hiking program
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation between islands (ferries and tunnels)
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 
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