Winter Highlights of the Faroe Islands
NEW! The Faroe Islands is becoming a more and more popular destination to visit and has over the last years made numerous “top 10” lists of places to go. Most people visit during the summertime but why not be an adventurer and experience the wild Nordic beauty in wintertime. The ever changing weather will form the experience; you will see waterfalls flow upwards, spun into the sky as vortices by the wind. Surrounded by empty ocean, the islands are illuminated by an ethereal light. The sun shoots above the horizon. The sea changes from indigo to slate, pewter, then silver within seconds and at night there is a fair chance of seeing the northern lights.
When traveling to Faroe Islands during winter, due to less frequent flights, you must combine the trip with a short stay in Copenhagen for your first and last night. Our package includes all flights and arrangements making it easy to visit these beautiful islands in winter.
- Experience the ever changing weather
- Combine with a short stay in Copenhagen (or Iceland)
- Chance to see the Northern Lights and the beautiful Faroe Islands in winter
ITINERARY - 7 NIGHTS
Day 1 - Departure from UK, arrival in Copenhagen
Depart he UK and fly to Copenhagen. Spend the evening in 3 star hotel in the city, we will send you suggestions of what to see and do in the city.
Day 2 - Departure from Copenhagen, arrival in Faroe Islands
Depart Copenhagen, take your flight with Atlantic Airways to Faroe Islands.
Arrival at Vágar airport and pick up your car at the 62N service desk before checking in at Hotel Vágar only 200m up the road from the airport. After settling in at the hotel we suggest a drive to the picturesque villages Gásadalur and Bø. Enroute you will have a fantastic view to the islets and stacks of the coast, the most known is Tindhólmur with its castle-like peaks. In Gásadalur we suggest a walk to the famous waterfall “Múlafossur” – a must see for all visitors.
Day 3 - The Bridge over the Atlantic and Gjógv
In the morning before leaving Vágar, we suggest a walk around the lake Sørvágsvatn out to the famous waterfall Bøsdalafossur. It is an easy hike and the waterfall, the foaming sea together with the amazing view of the cliffs and freestanding rocks on the western side of the island will leave a lasting impression.
In the afternoon the trip continues over Streymoy – crossing “the bridge over the Atlantic” to Eysturoy – further to Eiði from where you can see the famous rock formations known as the “Giant and the Witch” and further on to the quaint village of Gjógv. Here you will stay at the cosy guesthouse Gjáargarður for the next two nights.
Gjógv’s outlying location on the northern tip of Eysturoy, far away from the illuminated cities, makes it a good spot to see the northern lights – stay up late, take a walk out in the dark night and you might be lucky.
Day 4 - Explore the Northern Islands
Spend the day exploring the Northern Islands. Drive through the sub-sea tunnel that connect Eysturoy with Borðoy – note the colourful light installations, made by the well-known Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson, in the bottom of the sub-sea tunnel. The first town you will see on Borðoy is Klaksvík, the second largest city on the Faroe Islands. Take a walk on the main street that runs around the bay, here you will find shops and a few cosy cafes, and visit the beautiful Christian’s Church with the magnificent 57 m² fresco of “The Last Supper”.
The northern islands are a cluster of small islands, characterised by steep mountains and colourful villages that are scattered around. Drive further north to the northern most point where you will find the village Viðareiðið beautiful situated in a valley with a view of its neighbouring islands, Fugloy and Svínoy to the east and Borðoy, Kunoy and Kalsoy to the west. On the way back to Klaksvík we suggest a detour to Kunoy for a nice walk in the plantation and to enjoy the excellent view to Kalsoy.
Day 5 - Walking along the Viking Trails
It is time to leave Gjógv and head for the capital Tórshavn. On route we suggest a detour to Tjørnuvík – a walk along the beach where you might find remainings from the Vikings, as graves have been found in the village proving that the area has been inhabited since the first Vikings came to the islands. Hereafter drive to Saksun, an idyllic village with grass roof houses surround by steep mountains, and a lagoon-like lake with a sandy beach that leads out to the Atlantic Ocean. If it is low tide it is possible to do a beautiful walk along the beach out to the sea. It is a good idea to bring a packed lunch from the guesthouse in Gjógv that you can enjoy en route.
Late afternoon you will check in at your hotel in Tórshavn and then it is time to discover what the city life of the Faroe Islands has to offer. Dine at one of the city’s many restaurants, go to a concert or enjoy a drink with the locals at one of the cafés at the marina. Ask the reception “what’s on” in Tórshavn.
Day 6 - Explore Tórshavn
Spend the day exploring the capital. The city offers a variety of museums, e.g. we recommend a visit at the National Art Gallery which is in possession of a collection of both modern and early Faroese pictorial art, including a number of important works by the most known Faroese artist, Sámal Joensen-Mikines (1906-79). Do also take a stroll in the park area surrounding the Art Gallery where you will find several bronze sculptures by the prolific Faroese artisan Hans Pauli Olsen. Not far from the Art Gallery you will find the Nordic House, a magnificent architectural pearl that also is worth a visit. Downtown Tórshavn you will find several cafes, fashion and crafts art, and we recommend that you visti the wool shops Sirri and Andrias í Vágsbotni, arts and crafts shop Østrøm, graphic workshop Steinprent, the international known designer Guðrun & Guðrun and music store TUTL which occasionally holds small live concerts.
Day 7 - Departure from Faroe Islands, arrival at Copenhagen
Your tour of the Faroe Islands has come to an end - check out from the hotel, drive to the airport, drop off your car and enjoy your flight back to Copenhagen.
Enjoy your last night in the city of Copenhagen.
Day 8 - Departure for home
Depart from Copenhagen and fly back to the UK.
Departures: between October 2016 and April 2017
Price from £1,030* per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room and rental car
*Subject to availability
- Return flight from the UK to Copenhagen including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- 2 nights accommodation in Copenhagen (first and last night), 3 star hotel including breakfast
- Return flight with Atlantic Airways from Copenhagen to Faroe Islands including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees (options to travel via Iceland also available).
- 5 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels in Faroe Islands including breakfast (1 night at Hotel Vágar, 2 nights at Hotel Gjágarður and 2 nights at Hotel Streym / Hotel Havn)
- Rental car for 5 consecutive days, picked up and dropped off at the airport, Nissan Micra or similar (car upgrades available) including free mileage, CDW, TP, airport tax and VAT
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"
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