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The Faroe Islands

Unspoiled, untamed, undiscovered & unforgettable
 
Delight in landscapes of elemental wonder on this self-guided, three-centre holiday in the North Atlantic – an island-hopping adventure on which you’ll discover a proud seafaring culture and unique way of life, by means of our memorable walking and driving routes.
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the Faroe Islands

This remote outpost of 18 volcanic islands, occupying a lonely patch of the Norwegian Sea midway between north-west Scotland and south-east Iceland, is one of the few places in Europe where life still moves at a beguilingly Slow pace. This is not a destination for adhering to a packed schedule, ticking off the sights or topping up a tan. It’s a place to immerse yourself in the forces of nature; to give yourself over to the vagaries of the climate and to join a hardy local people in respecting – worshipping, even – the awe-inspiring and unyielding landscapes (and seascapes) that surround you.
And what surroundings they are! Characterised by an all-pervading and austere beauty, they leave an indelible impression on each and every visitor. Towering, layer-cake mountains and magnificent, sheer-sided sea cliffs – teeming with birdlife – plunge into the churning swells of the Atlantic far below; while, amid deep and rounded glacial valleys, thundering cascades, sparkling streams and charming clusters of human habitation vie for your attention. These Faroese towns and villages, with their turf-roofed and timber-framed houses, painted in defiant shades of red, yellow and blue, keep the worst of the weather at bay and offer snug and cosy bases for you to plan a series of unforgettable days out.
 
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Itinerary

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  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The weather is very changeable. It is entirely possible to experience all types of weather in one day, so pack for all eventualities, including, of course, good waterproofs.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 5 5 5 7 9 11 12 12 11 9 6 5
    mm 165 119 144 98 75 72 86 93 153 187 158 171
  • Arrival in Klaksvík
    Night 1: at Hotel Klaksvík (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Klaksvík: 4km to 10km
    Klaksvík is the Faroe Islands’ second-largest town as well as the bustling centre of the all-important fishing trade. While you are here, call in at the local brewery to buy some excellent Föroya Bjór direct from the door, or pay a less profane visit to Christianskirkjan: consecrated as recently as 1963, this imposing church contains a huge altar fresco of The Last Banquet and has a traditional, eight-oared rowing boat hanging from its ceiling. We also suggest a number of walks in this dramatic north-eastern corner of the Faroes:

    The ridge of Klakkur (grade 1-2): 10km, 3hrs
    The best way to appreciate Klaksvík’s spectacular setting (on a sheltered isthmus between impressive mountains and fjords) is to take an invigorating stroll from the door of your hotel up onto the ridge-summit of nearby Klakkur.

    The island of Fugloy (grade 1): 7km, 2.5hrs
    If conditions permit, another worthwhile option is to journey by bus and boat to the easternmost island of Fugloy for a walk between two of the island’s most outlying villages. You can even book a great-value helicopter ride for your return journey: skimming scree-topped peaks, you will be whisked back to Klaksvík in what seems like the blink of an eye.

    The lighthouse of Kalsoy (grade 2): 4km, 1.5hrs
    Take your hire car on the short ferry crossing to neighbouring Kalsoy for an exhilarating hike across tussocky moorland to the lighthouse at Kallur. Hold on to your hats as you gaze westwards beyond precipitous sea cliffs to Eysturoy.
    The island of Fugloy
    Church at Husar, near Kalsoy
  • Choice of walks from Gjógv: 4.5km to 10km
    After two nights in Klaksvík, you embark on a spectacular tunnel-peppered and fjord-lined drive (45mins) to reach your second base, the turf-roofed Gjáargarður in the beautiful coastal village of Gjógv, where you stay for three nights. There are plenty of options for your days here, whether you want to follow our walking suggestions or combine them with some sightseeing (we highly recommend a drive to Vestmanna from where you can take a trip to admire the incredible bird cliffs from the rock-and-roll comfort of a boat). Some thrilling walking trails lead direct from the hotel:

    Ambadalur Valley (grade 2-3): 10km, 4hrs
    This energetic walk across the verdant hillside above the village and down through the magical Ambadalur valley rewards with terrific cliff-top views of the sea stacks, Risin and Kellingin.

    Slættaratindur (grade 2): 4.5km, 3hrs
    We highly recommend this short but steep walk to the highest point in the Faroe Islands: the peak of Slættaratindur, at 882 metres. The name Slættaratindur means ‘flat peak’, and it’s easy to understand why – despite its steep flanks, the top is a plateau from where you can view the incredible Faroese archipelago in its entirety on a clear day, from northernmost Viðoy to Suðuroy in the far south.

    Between the Mountains (grade 1): 6.5km, 2.5hrs
    This relatively easy walk strikes out from the village and heads up to a grassy plateau between the peaks of Tyril and Middagsfjall from where there are outstanding views over Funningfjørður. On clear days it's also well worth the extra effort of ascending either – or both – peaks.

    Saksun & the Dalá River (grade 1): 9km, 3hrs
    The wonderfully remote hillside village of Saksun is well worth a visit, its turf-roofed houses adding to the atmosphere of the surrounding awe-inspiring scenery in what seems like a marvellous natural amphitheatre. Our suggested route follows the Dalá River to the Pollurin tidal lagoon and its mouth looking out to sea. The beautiful clear waters of the river, with cliffs rising steeply all around, make this a beautiful short walk.
    Seastacks on the Ambadalur Valley route
    Gjogv
  • Choice of walks from Tórshavn: 4km to 16.5km
    You finish your Faroese adventure with two nights at the Føroyer Hotel in Tórshavn, the capital (and only!) city of the Faroes. Named after the Norse god of war, Tórshavn has plenty to offer – two popular pastimes include shopping for hand-made knitwear and people-watching from the coffee shops alongside the picturesque harbour. We suggest three walks for your time here:

    Historic Kirkjubøur (grade 1-2): 13km, 5hrs
    This is an easy walk along a well-marked path over Streymoy’s southern tip, from Kirkjubøur on the west coast to Tórshavn on the east. There are good views towards the islands of Koltur and Hestur during the ascent, and over Tórshavn and Nólsoy on the descent, while the idyllic and historic village of Kirkjubøur is certainly worth visiting.

    Nólsoy (grade 1): 4km, 1.5hrs; longer option (grade 2): 16.5km, 6hrs
    Travel to the nearby island of Nólsoy, only 5km away, yet a completely different world altogether. The village boasts a particularly quaint setting, nestled around a small harbour on a narrow peninsula from where we recommend an easy walk to the lower slopes of the island’s main peak, Eggjarklettur, or a much longer walk to the Nólsoyar Viti (Nólsoy Lighthouse), on the south-eastern cape.

    Mykines, the bird island (grade 2): 7.5km, 3hrs
    For one last island trip, head west to Mykines by ferry, perhaps the most fabled of all the Faroes and home to improbabilities of puffins, nesting in their thousands close to tufty cliff tops during summer.
    Saksun village
    Historic Kirkjubøur
 

Accommodation

You stay in a small and very welcoming guesthouse and two equally welcoming hotels, all very different yet all with fascinating histories.
If you are staying in Gjógv on a Wednesday evening between 7 June and 23 August, a Faroese Cultural Evening is included in your stay.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 June 2020 - 30 September 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Jun - 31 Aug 2020 £1390 £495
    1 - 23 Sep 2020 £1345 £470
    3rd & 4th person discount -£300
    Single traveller supplement £300

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 7 days' category C car hire (eg Opel Corsa or Peugeot 208 (255, 255, 255) or similar with manual transmission)

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Gjaargardur, Gjógv (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 26 Aug 2020 £195 £255
    27 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 £185 £245
    Hotel Føroyar, Tórshavn (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 30 Sep 2020 £170 £248
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Vágar. You can fly from a choice of UK airports to Copenhagen (see flight options below) and then take a connecting flight to Vágar, of which there are two or three each day.

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Copenhagen. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Copenhagen SAS 
    Aberdeen - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Aberdeen - Vagar Flybe 
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    Birmingham - Copenhagen SAS 
    Birmingham - Vagar (via Aberdeen) Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Copenhagen easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Copenhagen easyJet,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  SAS 
    Edinburgh - Vagar Atlantic Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Copenhagen SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Copenhagen easyJet,  Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Copenhagen British Airways,  SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Copenhagen Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Copenhagen Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Copenhagen easyJet,  SAS 
    Manchester - Vagar (via Aberdeen) Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Copenhagen SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Copenhagen. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • 7 days’ category C car hire
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least six months’ validity to travel to the Faroes on holiday, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate (worldwide, rather than European) insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The national language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese, although the official second language is Danish. The currency is the Faroese Króna and the Danish Kroner (bank notes can be used interchangeably; they have the same value). Faroese time is the same as GMT. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on the same time as BST.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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