7-13 people, solo travelers are welcome
Intermediate to advanced
Remote, wild and untouched hiking on 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 WWII-era 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, you wouldn’t be surprised to see a mythical selkie swimming straight out of folklore onto one of the archipelago’s cliffs.
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Hiking and Sailing the Faroe Islands
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.
Depending on when you make your trip, you’ll either 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. On this immersive Faroe Islands hiking tour, you’ll get to experience the local culture firsthand. 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. There’s a reason why the Nordic lifestyle gets a lot of hype.
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Why should I go hiking?
Cars just don’t do the Faroe Islands justice. Why view this breathtaking landscape passively through a window, when you can stand on cliffs of volcanic rock and smell the ocean air? Hiking and sailing is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Faroe Islands’ striking terrain and experience the untouched nature around you.
What you get in this adventure:
- A local Amarok Adventures guide
- Entrance to tourist hotspots
- Transportation throughout the adventure
- Transfers to and from the airport
What’s not included:
- Country visa
- Flights and flight taxes
- Sleeping bag
- Personal items
- Travel insurance
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.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking boots
- Spare warm clothes
- Compass and map
- Toiletries (sunscreen, first aid kit, toilet paper, etc.)
- High-quality sunglasses
- Head lantern
- Trekking poles
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What’s the itinerary?
Day One: Arrival to the Faroe Islands
First, you’ll land at the Vágar international airport and 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 Two: Hike to Sørvágsvatn/Trælanípa & Gásadalur
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 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 waterfall Múlafossur — the subject of so many iconic photos. You’ll spend another night at the guesthouse.
Day Three: Hike to Mykines
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 Four: 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 Five: Hike from Eiði to the top of “Slættaratindur” and then to 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 Six: Hiking in 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 Seven: Nólsoy exploration & Tórshavn
On your last day, you’ll wake up in the harbour 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 Eight: Return to Vágar airport
Today you say farewell to the Faroe Islands. You’ll be back where you started, Vágar airport, but one adventure of a lifetime richer.
How fit do I need to be?
This tour is for adventurers with experience hiking in mountain terrain. You need to be able to hike for full days, between five and seven hours 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 is the minimum age requirement?
Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome on this hiking adventure.
What about group sizes and pricing?
You will be joining a group that usually consists of 7-13 people.
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 plummeting hailstones 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?
It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere.
Global Rescue offers deals that cover everything from costly medical expenses, abruptly halted travel plans and even lost baggage. Make sure your insurance covers cancelations due to the pandemic.
All cancellations must be made by letter or e-mail. The guiding service reserves the right to keep fees to cover costs as follows:
- 100% of the trip price is refundable before you get the confirmation
- 50% of the trip price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure.
- 25% of the price of the trip is refundable if canceled 16 to 29 days before departure.
- 0% of the price is refundable if the trip is canceled 15 days before departure.
Getting there and meeting location
The meeting location is Vágar Airport. From there, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation in the city of Sandavágur, where you’ll begin your eight-day adventure.