The Faroe Islands: from South to North
FAROE ISLANDS SELF-DRIVE TOUR
Gásadalur | Sørvágur | Mykines | Sørvágur | Tórshavn | Suðuroy
Kirkjubøur | Tórshavn | Eysturoy | Gjógv | Klaksvík | Viðoy | Klaksvík
Guaranteed Departures: Daily May 15 – September 01, 2019
The ultimate tour for those who want to explore the Faroe Islands by car! This tour gives you the freedom to travel around the small villages, see the fantastic views and investigate the local events – all at your own pace. Flights, rental car, and accommodations are all pre-booked; we also provide suggestions for stops and activities, but you have the freedom to choose what you see!
Day 01: Arrive Faroe Islands - Gásadalur
You arrive today on your Atlantic Airways flight from Copenhagen, and pick up your rental car at the airport. Today you’ll spend a full day on Vágar Island, exploring independently.
Drive to the village of Gásadalur – the last village connected to the rest of the islands by tunnel – walk along marked paths, enjoy the impressive view of Tindhólm, and don’t miss the attractive waterfall that runs down into the sea. The quiet and stunning view of Tindhólmur in particular is a must-see: the steep, .25-square-mile islet was named for its five peaks (Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, and Bogdi) and is uninhabited.
Overnight at your hotel on Vágar. Dinner is on your own.
Hotel Vágar or similar
Day 02: Gásadalur - Sørvágur - Sail to Mykines - Sørvágur - Tórshavn
Enjoy your first Faroese breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, we suggest a day trip to the bird island of Mykines. The tour begins from the harbour in Sørvágur where you park your car. You reach the island of Mykines by ferry, which passes by some of the Faroe Islands’ most majestic sea cliffs.
On the island you will spot charming puffins with their colourful red beaks and the striking gannets that only breed on Mykineshólmur, the tiny islet at the tip of Mykines Island. Cross the footbridge over the open Atlantic Ocean to reach the islet and its lighthouse. You can explore the islet and its lighthouse before crossing the bridge back to the village, where you can pop in at the local café.
On your return to Sørvágur, pick up your rental car and drive to Tórshavn.
Spend the night in Tórshavn. Dinner is on your own.
Hotel Streym or similar
Day 03: Tórshavn - Suðuroy - Akraberg Lighthouse (Optional Hike)
This morning after breakfast at your hotel, take the ferry from Tórshavn to the island of Suðuroy. The nature on Suðuroy varies from that further north, and is particularly well suited to hiking. We recommend visiting the lighthouse at Akraberg on the southernmost tip of the island and as well as the Beinisvørð cliffside, to enjoy the magnificent panorama that unfolds when you get to the top. The village of Famjin, situated roughly in the middle of the island in beautiful and dramatic surroundings, is also well worth a visit. The original Faroese flag hangs in the church.
In Tvøroyri on the east side of the island, you can visit some of the historic buildings used by the Danish Royal Monopoly Store and have a coffee in the cosy café and bar Pubbin, situated down on the harbour.
Spend the night on Suðuroy. Dinner is on your own.
Hotel Tvøroyri or similar
Day 04: Tórshavn - Kirkjubøur - Tórshavn
After breakfast at your hotel this morning, return to Tórshavn on the ferry. Walk through Tórshavn’s Old Town (Reyni, the historic district, and Tinganes, the governmental district) and soak up the atmosphere of the small houses with their white window frames and grass roofs. When the first Vikings settled here in the early 9th century, they established their main parliament base on the Tinganes peninsula. The Viking Age and its influence ended approximately in 1035 with the death of the Danish, English, and Norwegian (and parts of what is now Sweden) king Canute the Great (Cnut); at this point Tinganes became a market and, gradually, a permanent trading area. The old town here is unique, not only in the Faroes but in the entire world: its oldest houses were never destroyed by fire, and therefore can be dated from the early 14th century. These houses are still in use today as private residences and administrative offices.
We recommend a visit to Kirkjubøur, which is the historical and cultural center of the country. In Kirkjubøur you can visit Kirkjubøargarður, which is thought to be the oldest inhabited wooden house in the world (approx. 900 years old, established in the 11th century). The oldest part is the roykstova, or smoke room; other areas of interest include the loft room and the large room. In Kirkjubøur you can also see the ruins of the Saint Magnus Cathedral (built in the 1300s) and Ólavskirkja (Ólav’s Church, from year 1111 AD). Afterward, you travel back over the island to Tórshavn.
Back in Tórshavn, dinner is on your own. You will find many different restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy excellent Faroese food. Spend the night in Tórshavn.
Hotel Streym or similar
Day 05: Tórshavn - Eysturoy - Gjógv - Klaksvík - Viðoy - Klaksvík
Drive across Streymoy passing the old whaling station, Við Áir, and on over the bridge to the island of Eysturoy. Continue towards the village of Eiði as you take the panoramic route to Gjógv. See the impressive rock formations called Risin and Kellingin (the Giant and the Witch) and the Faroe’s highest mountain, Slættaratindur (880m/2890 ft). Explore the village of Gjógv, famous for its natural harbor.
On the other side of the island, drive from Leirvík through the subsea tunnel to Klaksvík. The tunnel is decorated with ‘light’ art by the well-known Faroese artist, Tróndur Patursson. When you arrive in Klaksvík, we suggest a visit to the elegant Christian’s Church and the exhibition in the church cellar.
It is easy to explore the other Northern Isles from Klaksvík, each with its own dramatic landscape. For example, you can easily visit the island of Viðoy which is the northernmost island of the Faroes. Viðoy has two villages – Viðareiði to the north and Hvannasund to the south.
Spend your final night in the Faroe Islands in the Northern Isles. Dinner is on your own.
Hotel Klaksvík or similar
Day 06: Depart Faroe Islands
On the way to the airport, we recommend that you take the fascinating two-hour boat trip to the Vestmanna bird cliffs, sailing between the cliffs and into the grottoes. We also recommend taking the time to visit the unique Saga Museum in Vestmanna, which describes Faroese history from the time of the Viking Age.
Continue onto the airport and return your rental car. You depart on your Atlantic Airways flight back to Copenhagen.
- Round trip flights with taxes from Copenhagen*
- Car rental, category A with airport pick up / drop off, free mileage and CDW.
- 5 nights with breakfast
NOTE: Prices do not include international airfare (from the USA), extra beverages, extra items, or any services not listed in the program above. Tour operator reserves the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions; tour operator also reserves the right to substitute listed hotels for hotels of a similar quality if conditions warrant. *It is also possible to fly via Bergen (BGO) or Reykjavik (KEF). Please contact us for pricing via these gateways.
2019 STARTING PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Due to availability, season, & car category chosen, single rates are on request. Please contact us for full pricing.
Departure Dates and Information
| Tour dates & availability per 12/13/2018. All departures are in USD. Price includes roundtrip airfare from Copenhagen*, as well as the listed car category rental. Driving times listed for self-drive tours are approximate and may vary depending on traffic, weather, and any stops made en route. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.
Upgrades available! Upgrade to a larger car or van (including minivans). Please note that there are 11 total car categories; prices vary widely due to availability, season, & category chosen. All additional upgrades, including single person in car upgrades, quoted upon request.
Land + Air*