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Faroe Islands Complete Self Drive - Torshavn to Torshavn

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13 Days
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Explore the remote Faroe Islands on this self-drive Denmark tour. Travelling from island to island, you’ll explore windswept moorlands, see puffin colonies on towering cliff sides, and seemingly travel back in time as you visit Viking settlements and 1000-year-old churches.


This 13-day Denmark self-drive takes you through the Faroe Islands, a remote island group 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. Denmark is a perfect country 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.

Begin your Danish self-drive on the westernmost island of Mykines, which is known for the incredible number of birds that live along the steep cliffs. During your day here, hike through the mountains to the only gannet colony in the Faroe Islands and spot puffins living on the steep cliffs that sit hundreds of metres above sea level. Continue your self-drive, passing through a subsea tunnel that is 105m below sea level at its deepest point. When you reach Vestmanna on Streymoy, you’ll have the chance to head on a boat tour to see the most popular attraction in the islands, the bird colonies pitched along the cliffs. Afterwards, cross the Atlantic Bridge to Eysturoy, where you’ll enjoy wonderful views at Eidi and Gjogy and see the rock formations known as the “Giant and the Old Hag.”

The next day, you have the option of exploring the area around Tjornuvik, where the Vikings settled when they first landed in the Faroe Islands. You should also take the time to stop in Saksun, a village surrounded by steep mountains and a lagoon-like lake. Continue on to Klaksvik, passing through another subsea tunnel and seeing the incredible light installations of Trondur Patursson. Once in the Northern Islands, you’ll explore Vidareidi, the northernmost village in the islands. Also be sure to head to Enniberg Promontory, where you’ll have great views over the surrounding islands.

Leave the Northern Islands and take the ferry to the southernmost island, Suduroy. Known for its deep-green mountains and colourful villages, the island is great for birders and nature lovers. Head down to Akraberg to visit the southernmost point in the islands. Then take a hiking tour through Hvannhagi and gaze out across the waters at the islands, Litla Dimun and Stora Dimun. Bid farewell to Suduroy and take two ferries to end up on Sandoy, an island steeped in myth. Sandoy is known for its isolated homes and supernatural traditions. As you explore the island, you might undercover a legend or two and witness the mystical powers of the island for yourself. Pass on to Skuvoy, where the Viking Chieftain Sigmunder Brestisson built the first church on the islands. If you head along the island’s west coast, you may be able to see bird hunters snatch birds and eggs from the cliff edge while suspended from long ropes from high above.

Continue your trip to the Faroe Islands by heading 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. Pass 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. Close out your Denmark tour to the Faroe Islands with a full-day tour of 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 lighthouse lens in the world that reaches 3m in diameter and weighs over 4 tonnes.

This self-drive of the Faroe Islands is the ultimate way to explore these enchanting islands.


 

 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices:
On request

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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

Mykines

Visit Mykines, the Faroes' westernmost island with a local guide. It is known for its abundant birdlife, mountains and the fantastic hike to Mykines-islet. Experience the spectacular nature, puffins up close, hiking on narrow paths hundreds of meters above sea level, the only gannet colony in the Faroe Islands, Faroese specialties and much more.

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Day 3

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 (not included in the trip price) is approximately 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 - further on to Eidi. The road between Eidi 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". 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 Gjaargardur in Gjogv.

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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

Tjornuvik

We suggest a trip to Tjornuvik - where you still can see tracks and remains from the Vikings (not included in the trip price). 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, you 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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Day 5

Klaksvik

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

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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.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Northern Islands

Explore the Northern islands - first to the northern most village Vidareidi, 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, Svinoy, Bordoy and Kunoy.
Then to Klaksvik again where you can visit Christians church, the church in Klaksvik 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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Day 7

Suduroy

You will leave the northern islands and drive towards the capital, Torshavn. From Torshavn you will take the afternoon ferry to Tvoroyri (not included in the trip price), located on the southernmost island, Suduroy.

The island is known for its magnificent green mountainsides, colorful villages and its rugged Westside with free-standing rocks and steep bird cliffs. We recommend visiting both Akraberg, the southernmost point of The Faroe Islands, and the spectacular rock of Beinisvord which is the second highest bird cliff in the Faroe Islands. Next two nights at Hotel Tvoroyri.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Tvoroyri

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    Hotel Tvoroyri



    The hotel is located in Tvoroyri on Suouroy and has 15 rooms.

    The hotel is located in Tvoroyri on Suouroy and has 15 rooms.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Television

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Day 8

Suduroy

We recommend a hiking tour to the area Hvannhagi (not included in the trip price), one of the most beautiful and unique natural areas on Suduroy. During this hike you will have an amazing view over the small islands Litla Dimun and Stora Dimun.

You may also visit the small village Famjin where you will find the very first original Faroese flag which is kept in the village church. The creator of the Faroe flag only lived to the age of 23 and is buried there.

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Day 9

Sandoy

Morning ferry back to Torshavn (not included in the trip price) where you drive to Gomluraett and take another ferry to the saga island Sandoy (not included in the trip price).

The beautiful, green island Sandoy, is different from the other islands as it is less steep and has large flatter areas. Sandoy is known as the saga-island as it is packed with places known for tales about supernatural beings and mysterious events. Today, although isolated, the islands are home to modern, thriving communities that still honor and savor their ancient roots. Next two nights at Hotel Skalavik.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Skalavik

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    Hotel Skalavik



    Situated in Skalavik, Hotel Skalavik features a garden and a terrace. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and to a bar. The hotel provides garden views, a children's playground, and free WiFi is ...

    Situated in Skalavik, Hotel Skalavik features a garden and a terrace. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and to a bar. The hotel provides garden views, a children's playground, and free WiFi is available.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • BBQ Area
    • Bike Rental
    • Childrens Playground
    • Garden
    • Laundry
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Parking
    • Picnic Area
    • Terrace
    • Wellness facilities
    • WiFi

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Day 10

Skuvoy

Today we suggest that you explore the small island Skuvoy located south of Sandoy. By ferry (not included in the trip price) from Sandur you will arrive to Skuvoy where the Viking Chieftain Sigmundur Brestisson built the first Christian church and also lies buried.

Skuvoy is well known for its bird cliffs on the western side of the island. The cliffs rise vertically from the sea and the traditional gathering of birds and eggs by hunters suspended from long ropes is practiced even to this day.

On Skuvoy you will also find the beautiful valley Fagradal where you see the thwart of the house where Rannva lived – a Faroese girl that was isolated after becoming pregnant outside of marriage.

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Day 11

Kirkjubour

The tour returns to Torshavn. 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.

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.

In the afternoon a tour to Kirkjubour (20 min. drive) - the old cultural center 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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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Streym

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    Hotel Streym



    This property is a 15-minute walk from the beach. 366 m from Torshavn Ferry Terminal, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. Guests can relax with free hot beverages in the cozy communal TV lounge with a flat-screen TV. A fitness center is ...

    This property is a 15-minute walk from the beach. 366 m from Torshavn Ferry Terminal, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. Guests can relax with free hot beverages in the cozy communal TV lounge with a flat-screen TV. A fitness center is in the neighboring building.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Baggage storage
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Available
    • Fitness Centre
    • Heating
    • Ironing Service
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Tour Desk
    • Wellness facilities

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Day 12

Nolsoy

On a full day tour 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 (not included in the trip price).

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 tons. A hike out to Bordan where you find the lighthouse is recommend (not included in the trip price).

Day 13

Departure

The tour has come to an end and you are heading back home - hopefully with many fantastic experiences from these 18 small amazing islands in the North Atlantic called the Faroes!

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 days car rental - group A-car (Nissan Micra or similar) incl. free mileage, CDW, TP*, airport tax and VAT.
  • Guided tour on Mykines incl. ferry, guide and packed lunch
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Hiking program
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • 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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