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6 Faroese Islands explored

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Classic Faroe Islands

from £795 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Apr-Oct

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Highlights

In pictures
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Take an optional boat trip to the Vestmanna bird cliffs

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Delve into the colourful capital of Torshavn

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See Viking ruins and turf-roofed farms

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View Mulafossur waterfall plunging into the sea

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Visit the famous Island Wool Company at Toftir

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Enjoy a cultural evening in the remote village of Gjogv

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

Overview

With a whole week to explore the breathtaking Faroes, this free-spirited self-drive weaves through several of the islands, allowing you to explore at a relaxed pace and enjoy the many natural and cultural wonders of this rugged North Atlantic outpost. Stay in the capital Torshavn to explore Streymoy and Vagar before hopping over to stay on the islands of Eysturoy and Bordoy. There’s also time for optional visits to Mykines, Sandoy or Nolsoy.

Wild wonders of the west

On arrival, drive to the capital Torshavn on Streymoy where you'll be based for two nights. Your days are free to explore this island as well as allowing time to explore Vagar, which not only boasts two of the Faroe Islands’ most iconic sights (the horsetail waterfall of Mulafossur cascading over sea cliffs, and Sorgasvatn ‘the lake above the ocean’), but it is also the stepping-off point for optional ferry trips to Mykines – a wonderful little island that’s peppered with puffins during summer. Alternatively, you could drive to Vestmanna from where boat tours depart daily for the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs, soaring 700m above sea level and home to thousands of seabirds including kittiwakes and guillemots.

Exploring Eysturoy and the Northern Isles

From Torshavn enjoy a breathtaking drive to the Northern Isles, stopping en route for a night in the tiny village of Gjogv on Eysturoy, perched between mountains and cliffs, with a narrow gorge providing locals with the only access to the sea. On Wednesday nights during summer, Guesthouse Gjaargardur hosts a cultural evening with a Faroese buffet and traditional chain dancing. Continuing towards the Northern Isles the following morning, there’s time to visit the Viking ruins at Leirvik before driving through the tunnel between Eysturoy and Bordoy. The fishing town of Klaksvik is the cultural hub of the Northern Isles, but other highlights worth exploring include the statue of the Seal Woman on Kalsoy Island (reached by ferry) and the Faroes’ northernmost village of Vidareidi (on Vidoy island) where there are magnificent views of mountains and cliffs.

Southern Eysturoy and Torshavn

Leaving the Northern Isles, your itinerary takes you back to Eysturoy, looping through the southern part of the island where you can visit the famous wool factory at Toftir and enjoy lunch at the charming Gardahusid in Soldafjordur – a traditional Faroese homestead with views across Skalafjordur. Round off your holiday with two nights in the capital Torshavn with plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, sampling local cuisine or taking a day-trip by ferry to the islands of Sandoy or Nolsoy.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive in the Faroe Islands

Fly to the international airport on Vagar Island, collect your rental vehicle and drive to Torshavn on the island of Streymoy for a two-night stay.

Fly to the international airport on Vagar Island, collect your rental vehicle and drive to Torshavn on the island of Streymoy for a two-night stay.

Day 2 exploring Vagar Island

Return to Vagar Island to explore visiting the towns of Sandavagur, Bour and Gasadalur. You may also choose to take the ferry to the island of Mykines or drive to Vestmanna and join a boat excursion to the bird cliffs from there.

Return to Vagar Island to explore visiting the towns of Sandavagur, Bour and Gasadalur. You may also choose to take the ferry to the island of Mykines or drive to Vestmanna and join a boat excursion to the bird cliffs from there.

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Day 3 Torshavn - Gjogv

Drive to the beautiful small villages of Saksun, set in a natural amphitheatre high above the tidal lagoon and Tjornuvik. Continue north to the Island of Eysturoy visiting the small settlements that lead to the tiny village of Gjogv offering dramatic views over the North Atlantic. Overnight at Guesthouse Gjaargardur.
On Wednesday nights from June to August, there will be a Cultural Evening which includes a dinner platter of local specialities.

Drive to the beautiful small villages of Saksun, set in a natural amphitheatre high above the tidal lagoon and Tjornuvik. Continue north to the Island of Eysturoy visiting the small settlements that lead to the tiny village of Gjogv offering dramatic views over the North Atlantic. Overnight at Guesthouse Gjaargardur.
On Wednesday nights from June to August, there will be a Cultural Evening which includes a dinner platter of local specialities.

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Day 4 Gjogv - Klaksvik

Drive to the island of Bordoy and visit Klaksvik, the second biggest town of the Faroe Islands. En route make a stop in Leirvik and visit the old Viking ruins. Take time to explore the small villages on the islands of Vidoy, Kunoy and finally Bordoy, where you overnight at Hotel Klaksvik.

Drive to the island of Bordoy and visit Klaksvik, the second biggest town of the Faroe Islands. En route make a stop in Leirvik and visit the old Viking ruins. Take time to explore the small villages on the islands of Vidoy, Kunoy and finally Bordoy, where you overnight at Hotel Klaksvik.

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Day 5 Klasvik - Torshavn

Explore the southern part of Eysturoy, perhaps visit the famous wool factory Navia in Toftir and the Viking age villages of Sydrugota, Gotugjogv, and Nordragota. Take a drive over the mountains for a magnificent view of the islands before heading to the capital Torshavn for the following three nights.

Explore the southern part of Eysturoy, perhaps visit the famous wool factory Navia in Toftir and the Viking age villages of Sydrugota, Gotugjogv, and Nordragota. Take a drive over the mountains for a magnificent view of the islands before heading to the capital Torshavn for the following three nights.

Day 6-7 exploring Streymoy

Visit to the old cultural centre of Kirkjubour, and the 900-year old wooden house Roykstovan, considered to be the oldest of its kind in the world. Ruins of the old Magnus Cathedral are amongst the most visited cultural attractions in the Faroe Islands. Take a ferry ride to the island of Nolsoy and walk around the little village where time has stood still.

Visit to the old cultural centre of Kirkjubour, and the 900-year old wooden house Roykstovan, considered to be the oldest of its kind in the world. Ruins of the old Magnus Cathedral are amongst the most visited cultural attractions in the Faroe Islands. Take a ferry ride to the island of Nolsoy and walk around the little village where time has stood still.

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Day 8 depart the Faroes

Drive to Vagar Airport and drop off your rental vehicle before your flight home.

Drive to Vagar Airport and drop off your rental vehicle before your flight home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday referenced in the itinerary. However, with a choice of accommodation in the Faroe Islands including hotels and guesthouses, we can mix and match to suit your personal preference and advise of the best locations to stay according to your interests.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £795 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • Culture evening*
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on two sharing in rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price
Jun - Sep 2020 7 nights B - Ford Fiesta £879
Jun - Sep 2020 7 nights C - Ford Focus £893
Jun - Sep 2020 7 nights D - Volvo V40 £914
Oct 2020 7 nights B - Ford Fiesta £795
Oct 2020 7 nights C - Ford Focus £809
Oct 2020 7 nights D - Volvo V40 £823
Apr - May 2021 7 nights B - Ford Fiesta £943
Apr - May 2021 7 nights C - Ford Focus £958
Apr - May 2021 7 nights D - Volvo V40 £972
Jun - Sep 2021 7 nights B - Ford Fiesta £1,031
Jun - Sep 2021 7 nights C - Ford Focus £1,046
Jun - Sep 2021 7 nights D - Volvo V40 £1,068
Oct 2021 7 nights B - Ford Fiesta £943
Oct 2021 7 nights C - Ford Focus £958
Oct 2021 7 nights D - Volvo V40 £972

* Culture Evening is included if staying at Guesthouse Gjaargardur on a Wednesday night in June, July or August.

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nordic team eric shadbolt bw
One of our specialists
Meet Eric

6 Faroese Islands explored

5 Successful whale watching trips

34 Countries visited

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