More than 600 miles (nearly 1,000 kilometres) from Denmark’s west coast lie the Faroes, a triangle of eighteen windswept islands, seventeen of which are inhabited. Only 48,500 people plus some 70,000 sheep roam these remote lands. Much of the islands’ heritage reflects a medieval past, beginning with the arrival of farmers from western Norway who settled here in the 9th century. Evidence of this Scandinavian heritage is preserved through centuries of isolation; ancient structures can still be seen in villages clustered around old churches. View more
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Explore the capital and largest city of the Faroe Islands during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion to Tórshavn and its surrounds.
Tórshavn, Eidi and Funning Viewpoints, and Scenic Bridge
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive north, past idyllic villages, en route to photo stops at the Eidi and Funning viewpoints. During your stops, see 'the only bridge over the Atlantic', as it is sometimes called, which spans the narrow channel of Sundini to connect Eysturoy with the larger island of Streymoy. Because the channel is so narrow, spectacular eddies form at the base of the bridge when the current is running strong with the tide. During your visit, you are invited to walk the short distance, 'over the Atlantic'.
Sea Stacks and Slættaratindur Mountain
Next, re-board your coach, continue past Eidi and cross the mountains to Gjógv Village. Along the way, take in a splendid view of two very distinctive sea stacks known as 'The Giant and the Hag', and pass by the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, the approximately 2,894-foot-high (about 882-metre-high) Slættaratindur.
Gjógv Village, Pancakes and Tórshavn Viewpoint
Upon arrival in Gjógv Village, see the approximately 617-foot-long (about 188-metre-long) gorge that serves as a natural harbour for fishing boats, and stop for pancakes and coffee at a local guesthouse. Following your visit, re-board your coach and head to the Tórshavn Viewpoint, which overlooks the capital. After a brief photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and small hills, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking across the bridge is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers and a weatherproof jacket or coat with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. Guests must be at least 10 years old to participate on this tour.
Enjoy the scenic views and hear the traditions of the villagers in this remote, but beautiful destination during this half-day tour.
Boarding your coach at the harbour across from historic tinganes, the rocky peninsula in Tórshavn harbour where the ancient vikings met. Travel up to the scenic, ridge-top road that runs along the southern part of Streymoy island, pausing above Tórshavn for a photo stop at a viewpoint overlooking this colourful capital city. In the green, sheep pastures above Tórshavn, be on the lookout for stone cairns, which marked the footpaths between villages in olden times.
Further north, views of Kaldbak and Kollafjørður fjords open below; stop for a photo opportunity. Winding down into a valley, pass a charming mountain tarn and pause to admire the hand-hewn stone salmon ladders leading to Lake Leynar. Arriving in Leynar, visit the local woodcarver and watch him work or you may wish to take a walk on the Leynar beach.
Rejoining your coach, continue your tour with a short drive further west where you discover the colourful village of Kvivik, site of an ancient viking settlement dating from the 10th century. Alongside a pleasant stream, explore the remnants of viking farmhouse and byre and enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful village.
The next stop will be further south in Kollafjørður where a visit is made to an old Faroese church. This black, wooden built church with its traditional Faroese turf roof is one of nine churches built in the period of 1830 to 1850.
The journey back to Tórshavn takes you through a 1.8-mile (3-kilometre) long tunnel and then along a fjord at sea level. Your scenic drive ends with a return to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. The order of sites visited may vary. We recommend guests dress in seasonal clothing and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.
Peace, tranquillity and stunning vistas can be enjoyed during this leisurely mile-and-a half (2.5 kilometre) hike that takes you closer to the nature of the Faroe Islands.
Depart Tórshavn by coach and ascend the mountain road glimpsing fjords and distant islands until reaching approximately 216 yards (200 metres) above sea level. From here, embark on a cross-country trek in the company of knowledgeable local guides. The first 216 yards (200 metres) of the hike is strenuous after which you can relax and appreciate the fascinating landscapes as they unfold.
Pause on top of the columnar basalt of Streymoy Sill. This fascinating volcanic formation was sculpted smooth by glaciers and glacial etchings are still visible. Stretching below is the sea with the island of Vagar beyond. In this remote area the ethereal silence is punctuated only by the sounds of nature. Enjoy these magnificent surroundings before returning to the coach. The return to Torshavn is via a tunnel that emerges at the Kaldbakfjord where gentle waterfalls and wandering sheep complete the tranquil picture.
Please Note: This tour involves an approximate 1.5 mile (2-kilometre) hike where the first 216 yards (200 metres) up a steep hill is strenuous; participants should be in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. It is necessary to descend the same steep slope at the end of the hike. The ground is uneven and can be boggy and hiking boots and warm, waterproof clothing will be required. The operation of this tour is dependent upon favourable weather conditions.
Gain an insight in to daily life in the Faroe Islands as well as new friends during this visit to a local family's home.
A Faroese family opens the doors to their home and invites you in. Your hosts will serve light refreshments including coffee, tea, and home baked cake. This visit will give you an excellent opportunity to make acquaintance with locals and to see how a Faroese family lives. Learn the way of life and engage in an enlightening discussion of cultures, economics and heritage.
On your return to the harbour, a stop at a viewpoint overlooking Tórshavn, will allow you a wonderful photo opportunity and the perfect end to this unique intimate experience.
Please note: This tour involves very little walking but is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair due to the stairs involved. Participation in this tour is extremely limited.
Enjoy a unique perspective on the Faroe Islands' spectacular scenery from both land and sea.
Departing the harbor, drive alongside fjords where many waterfalls cascade from cragged, mountains into tranquil waters. Pass through tunnels carved from ancient rock and enjoy magnificent vistas of a lake-filled valley before descending to Vestmanna - a colourful village on the western coast of Streymoy.
From here, enjoy an unforgettable boat trip with the direction of the current dictating whether you cruise north or south. To the north see ever more dramatic cliffs with sheep grazing high on their grassy tops. At the northernmost point of the journey, enter sea caverns and traverse channels between freestanding rock formations and coastal cliffs where seabirds including puffins and guillemots are often seen swirling above.
Turning south from Vestmanna you would cross the narrow sound and see the island of Vágar rising dramatically before you. Hugging the eastern coast the route passes spectacular gorges cut by the ever-present energy of water. Sea birds including puffins and guillemots can often be seen where they nest on sea cliffs. At the southernmost point of the journey sail beneath Troll Wife's Finger, an amazing pinnacle of rock standing sentinel to Vágar Island. From Vestmanna enjoy stunning views from the scenic ridge top road as you return to Torshavn.
Please note: This tour involves little walking with few steps to negotiate and is suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair; however guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach and boat.
Enjoy an introduction to this lovely capital city during this half-day excursion.
It began with a Viking "Thing" (original Norse assembly), followed by a market, later it became a thriving town and today it is one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world. Tórshavn today blends the historical and picturesque with all the features of a modern city. Discover quality restaurants and hotels, conference facilities, interesting museums, discotheques, cinema, live theatre, exhibitions, sports facilities, parks and of course, excellent shopping. The town and the surrounding areas are ideal for window-shopping and pleasant strolls.
Many extended excursions to the rest of the Faroes begin from the harbour. As Tórshavn is located in the centre of the country, the well-developed bus and ferry service can whisk you away to almost every corner of the Faroes and back again the same day.
Tinganes and Skansin
At this historical section of Tórshavn, make a short stop at Skansin to explore the old fort before continuing up to the beautiful Nordic House cultural centre. Drive through the modern sections of the city and before heading back to the harbour, stop briefly at a viewpoint overlooking the capital.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. The order of sites visited may vary.