Silversea Luxury Cruises À TORSHAVN (Faroe Islands)

TORSHAVN (Faroe Islands)

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

Sheer cliffs and waterfalls carve Streymoy, the largest of the islands, where Torshavn is one of the world’s smallest capitals with about 12,400 inhabitants, plus another 5,000 living in the suburbs of Argir and Hoyvik. Visitors find interesting museums, churches, monuments and all the amenities of a modern town and thriving harbour here. The world’s oldest, still active parliament was founded in the Viking age. Today, it houses the main offices of the local government. Many of the attractions are found outside of Torshavn in the rugged beauty of Streymoy. There are fields with grazing ponies and sheep, tiny hamlets where residents live in half-timbered houses topped by green grass roofs, and dramatic rock formations. Birds by the thousands populate the craggy seaside cliffs, which make an ideal stopover for migratory gannets, guillemots and puffins. The Faroes' climate is generally wet and windy. Because of the Gulf Stream, the temperature is a good deal more moderate than the latitude might imply; it also helps to keep Faroe harbours ice-free year-round.

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Excursions depuis TORSHAVN (Faroe Islands)

Hike to Streymoy Sill

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.


Streymoy Sill

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.

Home Visit with a Faroese Family

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.


Home Visit

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.

Scenic Faroes & Pancakes

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.

Tórshavn the Capital

Enjoy an introduction to this lovely capital city during this half-day excursion.


Torshavn

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.

Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

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.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.