Waterfall by the village of Gásadalur
Waterfall by the village of Gásadalur

The Faroe Islands

5 days From £2,175

4 July 2019

Just an hour’s flight away from Edinburgh, The Faroes tower out of the Atlantic half way between Shetland and Iceland. In these romantic and dramatic islands, home to just 50,000 people, the weather is as unpredictable and changeable as the scenery. The landscape is green but rugged with steeply sloping hills, long sea-lochs and some of the highest cliffs in Europe. The islands are a paradise for nature lovers, with numerous opportunities for bird-watching and botanising. Our tour will give ample opportunity to see the best of these colourful islands and includes a number of excursions in different parts of the islands to ensure that you see the most interesting sights. These include a guided tour, on foot and by coach, of Tórshavn, one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world, with an old town narrow passages and tiny black-tarred houses left over from the Middle Ages. We will also explore Kirkjubøur, the cultural and ecclesiastical centre of the Faroes during the Middle Ages; the neighbouring island of Eysturoy, where we visit the towns of Gjógv and Gøta, and take a boat trip to the Vestmanna Cliffs, covered in an array of noisy seabirds of every type. We also offer an authentic and intimate dining experience as we are welcomed into the home of a local farming family, where we enjoy delicious homemade (and home-produced) food and hear fascinating stories about life on a Faroese farm.

Mobility
Please note a good degree of mobility is required to get the most out of this holiday as there are a number of walks over rough, hilly ground. Suitable rainproof clothing and walking boots or shoes are also essential.

Dietary
The Faroese rely heavily on food they produce themselves, which is primarily lamb, seafood and rhubarb (the only fruit that grows there). There is a limited choice for vegetarians if advance notice is given. Vegans seem to be unknown in the Faroes and are unlikely to be catered for.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
Call for availability £2,195 Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £300

Tour highlights:

  • The unspoilt village of Gásadalur and the Múlafossur waterfall
  • Stepping back into the Middle Ages in Tórshavn
  • The oldest inhabited wooden house in Europe
  • A real taste of life on a Faroese farm

Tour details

Dates 4 July 2019 - 8 July 2019
Duration 5 days
Cost £2,195 Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £300 Balance due by 11 April 2019
Activity Level Moderate
Tour code BWFAR19A

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4 July 2019: Itinerary

We depart on our early afternoon flight from Edinburgh and on arrival in Vágar we will be met by our coach and local guide and depart on a short sightseeing tour of Vagar, driving to the small and picturesque villages Bøur and Gásadalur. The tour offers an unparalleled view of the fjord, the islet Tindhólmur and Mykines. Until recently, the only way to get to charming Gásadalur was on foot from Bøur and over the mountain. Although there now is a tunnel to Gásadalur, the village is still unspoiled and has preserved its charm and authenticity. In Gásadalur you will walk to the viewpoint of the famous waterfall “Múlafossur” – a must see for all visitors.

We then transfer to our comfortable hotel.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Føroyar, Tórshavn

After breakfast we enjoy a guided walking tour of Tórshavn. When you enter the old town you will find yourself in a confusion of lanes and narrow passages, steps and rocks and tiny black-tarred houses – a genuine and unique town from the Middle Ages.

Following lunch (included) we visit the town’s National Museum before driving to Kirkjubøur to see many of the historical sites, which include St Magnus Cathedral, the largest medieval construction in the Faroes, dating from around 1300, and St Olavs Church, the present day parish church which dates from 1111. We will be invited into the 900 year old Roykstovan (the oldest wooden house in Europe still inhabited) where we will enjoy tea and cake. The farmer will entertain us with interesting stories about the 1000-year history of the village and the settlers.

We return to our hotel in the afternoon before going back into town in the evening for a special Faroese dinner featuring lamb and seafood, served in the Áarstova restaurant located in a historic building in the heart of the old town.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Føroyar, Tórshavn

Today is free to explore Tórshavn and surrounding area at your leisure. Alternatively we offer a choice of optional excursions:

  • A full day tour of the Northern Islands, travelling through some stunning scenery, where we visit the towns of Klaksvik (the second-largest town in the Faroes) and Vidareidi. Lunch included.
  • A half day tour to Nolosy, via the 20min ferry crossing from Tórshavn. Visiting the island is like visiting another world, where cars are rare and you are close to nature. A local guide will take us around the village and a seafood lunch is included.

Dinner is served in the hotel this evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Føroyar, Tórshavn

This morning, following breakfast, we travel to Vestmanna to enjoy a boat trip to the Vestmanna Cliffs, a trip not to be missed.  The 2000 feet high jagged stacks and rocks are covered in an array of noisy seabirds of every type, including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills – please note the birds are less numerous in September. Following our boat trip we will have lunch (included) in a restaurant in Vestmanna.

We continue to the northern part of Eysturoy. We begin our scenic drive along the coast on Streymoy passing many picturesque villages, we cross the bridge to the island of Eysturoy and continue to the village of Gjógv passing two rock formations which sprout out on the sea known as “the Giant and the Witch” and pass the highest mountain in the Faroes, “Slættarartindur”, which is 882 metres. We shall have a short stop in the village of Gjógv before continuing to Gøta to see the new church, known for the glass paintings created by Faroese artist Tróndur Paturson. We shall also visit the spinning mill where Faroese woollen garments are produced and sold.

Later we return to our hotel in Tórshavn using the mountain road, which offers fantastic panoramic views (weather permitting).

This evening we enjoy one of the highlights of our tour as we go to Velbastað where we are invited into the home of farmers Anna and Óli for an intimate and authentic dining experience. In addition to being served delicious homemade Faroese food, we will hear interesting stories from the farm and their life in the Faroes. Anna and Óli’s skills in the kitchen goes far beyond an ordinary meal and we will be served a 5-course meal including homemade bread with sausage (Anna’s grandmother’s recipe) and lamb raised on ther own farm.  We arrive back at the hotel at midnight.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Føroyar, Tórshavn

This morning following breakfast, we check out of the hotel, and en-route to the airport we will visit the island of Vágar where we visit the church in Sandavágur, which is one of the oldest settlements in the Faroe Islands.

We continue to the airport in time for our return flight to Edinburgh.

Meals include: Breakfast

4 July 2019: Additional Info

4 July 2019: Accommodation

The natural grass roof of this peaceful, design hotel matches the surrounding green countryside. All rooms overlook Nólsoy Fjord and central Tórshavn, which is 1.2 miles away. Wi-Fi is free.

Hotel Føroyar was designed by well-known Danish architects, Friis & Moltke. Guest rooms feature calm colours and bright, modern design by Philippe Starck and Montana. All have cable and satellite TV channels.

Traditional Faroese food and international dishes are served at the hotel's restaurant, Gras. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the fjord, city and surrounding greenery.

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