The tour begins in Vágar, FO
Intermediate to advanced
Remote, wild and untouched hiking in Faroe's volcanic islands
Explore the Faroe Islands by land and sea on this eight-day tour. You’ll hike trails along steep cliffs and rugged coastlines before boarding a sailboat to navigate the majestic fjords. Historically, not much is known about the 18 forgotten islands, but today travelers are drawn to its brightly painted cities, festival scene, and one-of-a-kind wilderness. One thing is certain — this sailing and hiking expedition will take you to landscapes so extraordinary that you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a mythical selkie swimming straight out of folklore onto one of the archipelago’s cliffs. Magic is made in the mythical Faroe Islands!
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Hiking and Sailing in the Faroe Islands
There’s a reason why the Nordic lifestyle gets a lot of hype. Explore the Faroe Islands under the glow of the midnight sun or watch the northern lights from the deck. Regardless of the season, expect gradual hikes with jaw-dropping views as far as the eye can see. Sailing on Norðlýsið, the ship you’ll take from island to island across 80 nautical miles, is an adventure in itself. In addition to viewing rugged peaks and waterfalls dripping off Eysturoy’s rocky coastline, you’ll also gain a glimpse into the rich fishing and sailing traditions of the region.
You’ll hike through picturesque villages clothed in mist. Then, follow trails to the top of cliffs with sweeping coastal vistas and board a historic sailboat that will take you to scenic areas such as Gásadalur, Mykines and Gjógv. Get ready for eight days of island hopping in the lush Faroe Islands. You will hike over 82 km and visit over 15 incredible villages and cities. Immerse yourself fully in the ancestral relationship of the human being with the sea, the mythology of these lands, and rocks that guard its rugged but stunning coasts.
Day 1: Welcome to Vágar
Meet your guides at the Vágar International Airport. Get settled in the quaint city of Sandavágur. Once you’re briefed by your guides, and your personal materials have been reviewed, you’ll enjoy a traditional local meal. Your first night will be spent in a guesthouse.
Day 2: Hiking to Trælanípa and Gásadalur
Hiking: 17km, Driving: 4km
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set out on your first hike to the cliffs and the Sørvágsvatn lake, where you’ll see the spectacular Bøsdalafossur Waterfall. Then, you’ll trek to the Trælanípa cliff, a viewpoint from where we can see the breathtaking 360º views of the area. In the afternoon, you’ll hike to Gásadalur, one of the most isolated villages of the Faroe Islands. One historic trail, used later by postmen, will allow you to reach the beautiful Múlafossur Waterfall — the reason for so many iconic photos. You’ll spend another night at the guesthouse.
Day 3: Hiking on Mykines Island
On your third day, you’ll focus on the island of Mykines. Once you’re there, you’ll hike up to an impressive lighthouse, rich with history. Expect to see hidden spots off the beaten trail that will amaze you with their incredible beauty. This will be your last night in the guesthouse before you set sail.
Day 4: Hike from Saksun to Tjørnuvík
Today you’ll board the sailboat Norðlýsið, your home for the next three days. Starting at Saksun, an old Viking village with a lake that served as a natural harbor for its inhabitants, you’ll hike east, to Tjørnuvík. After admiring the beautiful coastal views, a small RIB boat will take you to your sailboat.
Day 5: Hike to Slættaratindur Peak and Gjógv
Get ready to climb the highest peak of the Faroes, the Slættaratindur. You’ll take in amazing views of the Faroe Islands, and if the day is clear, you might just see the icy peaks of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland. From Slættaratindur, you’ll descend to the picturesque village of Gjógv with colorful houses. Norðlýsið will take you to Fuglafjørður, a quiet fjord where you’ll watch the sunset and have a delicious Faroese dinner.
Day 6: Hike on Kalsoy Island
After you’ve had breakfast, you’ll head to the island of Kalsoy. You’ll hike north, towards the Kallur lighthouse, walking through several villages and incredible landscapes where the mythological Selkies are said to live. Your ship will be waiting for you at the harbor.
Day 7: Nólsoy Island exploration and arrival to Tórshavn
On your last day, you’ll wake up in the harbor of Klaksvík, the second largest city in the Faroe Islands. Honoring the long-fishing tradition of the city, you’ll catch your own lunch today. After docking, you’ll trek the mainland before spending the afternoon exploring Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. Your night will be spent in a guesthouse for one last time.
Day 8: Transfer to Vágar International Airport
Today you’ll say farewell to the Faroe Islands. You’ll be back where you started, at Vágar Airport, but one adventure of a lifetime richer.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Faroe Islands
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Faroe Islands, please refer to the Visit Faroe Islands website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- Expedition sailboat for the group with a local experienced captain
- Licensed and experienced mountain guide from Amarok Adventures
- All the transfers
- Accommodation in guesthouses with breakfast included in Vágar and Tórshavn
- All meals during the hiking and sailing days
- Fishing equipment
- Accommodation in the expedition sailboat
- All the hiking fees
- Official beer OKKARA (Brown Ale) in honor to the Norðlýsið captain, during the dinners aboard
What’s not included:
- International flights
- Dinners in Vágar (days 1, 2 and 3), and dinner in Tórshavn
- Not mentioned drinks
- Sleeping bag and personal hiking equipment
- Trip insurance
- Everything not specified under “what’s included”
Accommodation: While you are on the island of Vágar and the last day in Tórshavn, the groups stay in twin rooms without distinction of gender and with shared bathrooms.
During the sailing days you will stay in the Norðlýsið expedition sailboat. Travelers will sleep in the common cabin under the sailboat deck.
Meals: The diet of the trip is conceived as a full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) the days on the sailboat. The only meals not included are: dinner during the stay on the island of Vágar (days 1, 2 and 3) and dinner on day 7 in Tórshavn. Breakfast on day 8 at the accommodation is included. The lunch at noon will be picnic style to take full advantage of the daily trekking route, and will have to be loaded by travelers in their backpacks during the route.
Every day, the guides will prepare dinner and the travelers will participate in the cleaning. The guides will be in charge of coordinating the different group tasks among all the travelers. On the last day of the route there will be a stop on the way with the sailboat to fish, and then the fish will be prepared when returning on board.
In case of special dietary needs, please contact us and we can make arrangements.
How fit do I need to be?
This tour is for adventurers with experience hiking in mountain terrain. For those people with fear of heights, registration on this adventure is not recommended. There are very steep and aerial areas on most of the islands. Keep in mind that you will have to hike between five to seven hours and up to 20km per day. The volcanic terrain can be challenging and the weather unforgiving. Expect steep trails that will test your lungs. That said, if you are looking for adventure and up to the task of multiple days of full-day trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.
What equipment do I need to bring?
After booking, your guide will let you know all the necessary equipment to bring. Prior to the start of the route, the guide together with each traveler will review the material to ensure that everything necessary is available. Here’s a general list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Personal hiking gear
- Sleeping bag for the sailboat
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Wind and waterproof pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Hiking pants
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers (top and bottom), underwear and socks
- Spare clothes for layering and 8 days of hiking and sailing
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking or trekking boots
- Hiking poles — optional (but recommended)
- Pocket knife
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiking with a local guide means getting a chance to explore all the hidden corners of the remote Faroe Islands. Not only will you see the best of what the Faroe Islands have to offer, but you’ll learn about the mythology that shaped the local culture. You’ll also have an expert who knows the area well and knows just what to do if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
For this adventure, the minimum number of people is 7, the maximum number of people is 12, and pricing is per person. If you are an individual traveler, you can join the group. The guide will be adding travelers until the minimum group size is met to confirm the trip can be guaranteed. There are no supplements to individual travelers, as they will share a room.
- Free reservation is possible before March 31.
- From April 1, a 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking.
- The remaining 70% has to be paid before May 1, once the group is confirmed.
If only 6 people (or less) pay the deposit on the first day of April, the group is not confirmed and the deposit would be 100% refundable. If 7 people (or more) make a deposit, the group is confirmed, and the deposit is non-refundable since then.
Hiking and sailing in the Faroe Islands can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- Everybody over the age of 16 is welcome on this hiking and sailing adventure.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike and sail with anyone under the age of 16, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Faroe Islands are home to infamously unpredictable weather, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. The same white cloud shielding you from sunbeams can easily turn into a stormcloud within minutes. Rest assured, your guide will know the correct course of action if the weather throws a curveball. Plus, you’ll get the chance to warm up once you’re aboard the sailboat.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, the guide can cancel the departure at most two months before the start of the trip.
Getting there and meeting location
The Faroe Islands are only a short flight from a variety of European destinations, such as Copenhagen (DK), Paris (FR), Reykjavik (IS), Edinburgh (UK), and Bergen (NO). Two airlines fly to the Faroe Islands. These are Atlantic Airways and Scandinavian Airlines. Flights from Reykjavik, Edinburgh and Bergen to the Faroe Islands are only one hour long, and flights from Copenhagen last only two hours. Direct flights from Paris to the Faroe Islands last just under three hours.
Your guide will meet you at the Vágar Airport and take you to your accommodation in Vágar.