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FEX8: Faroe Islands Explorer (self drive) / 8 days
Departures from Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Reykjavik

Departures from Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Reykjavik. Experience the Faroe Islands - a nation of 18 small islands in the middle of the North Atlantic, driving around in a rental car at your own pace. This is a modern nation with roots in a proud and ancient culture, surrounded by steep cliffs, blue fjords and fertile valleys.

The Faroe Islands is a firm favourite with National Geographic Traveler Magazine. This gem of a destination has been voted the ‘Best Trip 2015’ destination by the magazine’s readers – and only a few years ago the same readers rated the Faroe Islands as the No. 1 destination in the world among 111 island communities.

Midway between Norway and Iceland the Faroe Islands rise out of the Atlantic Ocean like a hardy little flower. The islands offer thrilling experiences and a rugged environment: Steep cliffs rising from the open sea, narrow straits between the islands, natural harbours surrounded by small villages and a countless number of birds. A nation of 18 small islands of which 17 are inhabited by less than 50.000 people and more than 3 million sea birds – a dream for the ornithologists and all nature lovers.

Ancient Norse culture still alive today

The Faroese are a proud people who, due to the geographical location, have been able to preserve their own culture and their own language which has its roots in the Old Norse language from the Viking Age. History is still an integral part of the daily life – it is one of the few places in the world where you can still experience the old medieval ballads and chain dance, which people in Europe practiced more than 800 years ago.

Amazing scenery and easy to drive around

The scenery at the Faroe Islands is spectacular.
You can experience all four seasons in one day, which is rather unique - from brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to short rain showers. Average temperature in the summer is 11C and in the winter 3C.

Driving on the Faroe Islands is easy; the infrastructure is of very good quality and the distances short. You can see a lot in only a few days. It is generally not necessary to use GPS as the roads are clearly marked and given the small size of the islands it is virtually impossible to get lost.

Day 1

Arrival to Vagar from Copenhagen, Edinburgh or Reykjavik. Transfer by shuttle bus to Hotel Streym in Torshavn for check-in.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Hotel Streym

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel.

Pick up your rental car from the hotel reception and start your discovery.

We recommend a visit to the old cultural center of Kirkjubøur, where you can visit the 900-year old wooden house Roykstovan, considered to be the oldest of its kind in the world. Ruins of the old cathedral are one of the biggest cultural attractions on the Faroes.

We would also recommend going by ferry to the little island of Nolsey in front of Torshavn. Here you can go for a stroll around the little village where time seemingly has been standing still for years.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Streym

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel.

Say goodbye to Torshavn and drive north. En route you can visit the beautiful small villages of Saksun and Tjørnuvik. Continue to the village of Runavik on southern Eysturoy where you will spend the next two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Runavik

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel.

Explore the island of Eysturoy at your own pace.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Runavik

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Leivik and inspect the restored Viking ruins in the town before continuing further north to Nordoyggjar (The Northern Isles). There should be plenty of time to explore some of the tiny settlements as well as the town of Klaksvik before arriving in Gjogv.

It is a tiny village with dramatic views of the North Atlantic. Guesthouse Gjaargardur is a cosy retreat where we hope you will feel at home.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guesthouse Gjaargardur

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel.

Discover the amazing nature on a few different walks on the northern part of Eysturoy.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guesthouse Gjaargardur

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive back towards Vagar Island - we recommend you explore the village of Vestmanna on the way - if time allows you can join one of the boat tours to the Birdcliffs on the coastline outside the bay.

Return your car at the Airport before enjoying your last evening in Hotel Vagar (a short 200m walk from the airport).

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Vagar

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to the airport (only 200 metres from the hotel) for check in and return flight to Copenhagen.

Included meals: Breakfast

The down-loadable Trip Sheet is for the Copenhagen departures. Please contact us to obtain the Reykjavik or Edinburgh Trip Sheets

 

 

This tour can easily be extended with the following Arctic Upgrade:

AUBBQ: Faroese BBQ Break

 

Route map

Departures

  • 2017: Guaranteed departures from Copenhagen daily between June and August
  • 2017: Guaranteed departures from Edinburgh every Thursday or Sunday between June and August
  • 2017: Guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every Monday, Tuesday and Friday between June and August
  • Low season departures on request only.

Included

  • Return flight to/from Vagar with all taxes
  • Car rental from day 2 until day 7 including free milage, CDW and Theft Protection.
  • Accommodation with private facilities and breakfast

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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