Hike and Sail the Mythical Faroe Islands
Hikers’ paradise in the middle of the ocean
Tucked in the middle of Scotland, Iceland, and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, this autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark is one of the most isolated places in the world. Stretching 70 km east to west and about 120 km from north to south, the Faroes consist of an incredible 779 islands, islets, and reefs.
Explore the Faroe Islands by land and sea and witness the beauty of this mythical archipelago endowed with 18 volcanic islands and a host of waterfalls, fjords, and picturesque villages as you sail and hike along the rugged coastline for 8 days. Venture off the beaten path into the untamed wilderness that will surprise and delight even the most experienced adventurer.
- ANCIENT FOOTPATHS
- 18 VOLCANIC ISLANDS
- DEEP CALM SEA
- 61°9' N and 6°92' E
- 80 NAUTICAL MILES
Landscapes plucked from the ancient Faroese stories
OVER 540 SQUARE MILES OF UNRIVALED NATURAL BEAUTY
Access otherwise inaccessible places with a boat and explore the furthest reaches of this volcanic archipelago. Faroese hiking trails are like portals to another world, taking you to rugged peaks and waterfalls dripping off Eysturoy’s rocky coastline.
As you move through the vibrant green valleys and across deep blue waters, enjoy the vistas of colorful hamlets, misty mountains and waterfalls falling over rocky cliffs.
A surreal experience awaits
A myriad of epic hiking opportunities
NAVIGATE THE DEMANDING
SEAS ON A HISTORIC SAILBOAT
Combine a tour of the Faroese coastline and smooth sailing with top-of-the-line hiking into one unforgettable experience.
With Norðlýsið, the ship that will take you from island to island across 80 nautical miles, the voyage is the destination in itself. Delivered to its owners in May 1945, the day World War II ended, the fantastic blue schooner was used for fishing for 39 years and helped create the herring industry that became the new basis of the Faroese economy.
Dubbed “the Land of Maybe” due to its shifting currents and winds, the sailboat provides safety and unparalleled flexibility while moving efficiently and ecologically.
Meet the friendly crew
This magnificent boat has a spacious living room, well-equipped kitchen, and a deck perfect for late night hang-outs or even an improvised jacuzzi! All of the beds are in one spacious room, but the bunks have curtains to ensure privacy. Although you’ll spend most of your days hiking, with Norðlýsið, you’ll sail countless islands and experience the archipelago the way it was meant to be experienced!
Your sailing crew will be composed of friendly Faroese sailors famous for their hospitality and storytelling skills. They are quite skilled at it, adjusting tales based on the character and preference of the listener. Sharing tales about the mystical islands and Vikings is a part of Faroese culture and a beloved tradition.
- Traditional cuisine
- Eat what you fish
- Unique climbing sites
Alberto Ojembarrena is an AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide and the owner of Amarok Adventures. Alberto has guided adventure treks in Iceland, Greenland, South America, and Nepal and worked as a documentary and travel photographer for international magazines. He has lived in Iceland since 2015, traveling the country discovering hidden gems and loads of adventure off the beaten path — always with his camera in tow.
Mónica Fuentes is a Mountain guide certified by UIMLA. She is experienced in mountaineering, sport climbing, and skiing. Originally from Spain, Mónica shares her love for nature and the outdoors with clients all over the world. She knows her way around Iceland’s hidden gems, as well as all the best spots in Black Forest, Morocco, United States, Scotland, and Nepal.
After Alberto and Monica’s first trip to the Faroe Islands, they wanted to design a trip to the archipelago by connecting their hiking ethos with the Faroese culture and the ocean it was built around, so they got in touch with Faroese local Frank Djurhuus Jakobsen to create one of the finest Faroe Islands hiking tours.
Frank Djurhuus Jakobsen runs the operations of the Norðlýsið sailboat with a team of experienced skippers. Frank, Alberto, and Monica joined forces and created this eight-day hiking and sailing expedition in the Faroe islands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To ensure your place, reserve the dates you want with a 30% deposit on next year’s adventure. Read about our cancellation policy on our FAQ page.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
You will be joining a group that usually consists of 7-12 people. Pricing is per person. The group gets confirmed at the moment that at least the minimum people (7 people) pays the 30% deposit of the final price. At that time, the group will be informed that the trip has been confirmed, and therefore that they can start booking their flights to Iceland.
If you are an individual traveler, you can join the group. The guide will be adding travelers until the minimum group size to confirm the trip can be guaranteed. There are no supplements to individual travelers, as they will share a room.
Min. age requirement:
- Everybody over the age of 16 is welcome on this hiking adventure.
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior the departure.
In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, AMAROK ADVENTURES can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. Please note the trips for 2022 are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low.
In case you need to cancel the trip, the following cancellation costs would be incurred:
– 100% of the price of the trip is refundable before the group is guaranteed
– 70% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 59 days or more before departure, once the trip has been confirmed
– 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure
– 25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 16-29 days before departure
– 0% of the price of the trip if it is canceled 15 days before departure.
All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure.
Once you book, either by paying in full or by a deposit, you’ll be connected to our guide, Alberto. You’ll be able to talk with him about the details of this trip.
Your 30% deposit will be fully refundable by end of 2021. All deposits are refundable at a later date if the trip is not yet confirmed.
The trip date will be confirmed when the minimum group size (7) is reached. The group can be confirmed as early as 1.1.2022 if the minimum number of travelers is reached. If the group minimum size is not reached, the guide can cancel the trip the latest 2 months before the trip departure. Please note the trips for 2022 are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low. The groups for 2021 were sold out as soon as the borders were opened for travelers, and the trips for 2022 are already receiving first bookings.
As stated above, once the trip is confirmed by the guide, and you paid the 30% deposit, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid the latest 1 month before the trip.
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!
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.