Experience the Winter Islands
From price: $2188 per person double occupancy
Independent, Self Drive
6 days, 5 nights
Dates: October, 2018 - April, 2019
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.
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Dates: Daily from Copenhagen, October, 2018 - April, 2019.
Possibility to do return to Reykjavik (dates vary in the winter, please inquire).
Day 1: Arrive Copenhagen
Upon arrival, walk across the street to your hotel.
Accommodation in Kastrup
Day 2: Copenhagen- Vagar
Depart on your flight to the Faroe Islands. Arrival at Vagar airport and pick up your car and head to your hotel only 200m up the road from the airport. After settling in at the hotel we suggest a drive to the picturesque villages Gasadalur and Bo. En route you will have a fantastic view to the islets and stacks of the coast, the most known is Tindholmur with its castle-like peaks. In Gasadalur we suggest a walk to the famous waterfall “Mulafossur” – a must see for all visitors.
Accommodation in Vagar
Day 3: Vagar- Gjogv
In the morning before leaving Vagar, we suggest a walk around the lake Sorvagsvatn out to the famous waterfall Bosdalafossur. 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 Eidi from where you can see the famous rock formations known as the “Giant and the Witch” and further on to the quaint village of Gjogv. Here you will stay for the next two nights.
Gjogv’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.
Accommodation in Gjogv
Day 4: Gjogv
Spend the day exploring the Northern Islands. Drive through the sub-sea tunnel that connect Eysturoy with Bordoy – note the colorful light installations, made by the well-known Faroese artist Trondur Patursson, in the bottom of the sub-sea tunnel. The first town you will see on Bordoy is Klaksvik, 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 cozy 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, characterized by steep mountains and colorful 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 neighboring islands, Fugloy and Svinoy to the east and Bordoy, Kunoy and Kalsoy to the west. On the way back to Klaksvik we suggest a detour to Kunoy for a nice walk in the plantation and to enjoy the excellent view to Kalsoy.
Accommodation in Gjogv
Day 5: Gjogv - Torshavn
It is time to leave Gjogv and head for the capital Torshavn. On route we suggest a detour to Tjornuvík – a walk along the beach where you might find remains 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 Torshavn 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 Torshavn.
Accommodation in Torshavn
Day 6: Torshavn
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, Samal 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 Torshavn you will find several cafes, fashion and crafts art, and we recommend that you visit the wool shops Sirri and Andrias i Vagsbotni, arts and crafts shop Ostrom, graphic workshop Steinprent, the international known designer Gudrun & Gudrun and music store TUTL which occasionally holds small live concerts.
Accommodation in Torshavn
Day 7: Depart the Faroe Islands - Copenhagen
The tour has come to an end and the taxi shuttle takes you safely to the airport your flight back to Copenhagen this afternoon.
Or, extend your trip! Please inquire.
Your Trip Includes the Following:
- 1 night hotel Copenhagen/Kastrup including breakfast
- Round trip flights Copenhagen, Denmark - Vagar, Faroe Islands including taxes and fees
- 1 nights accommodation in Vagar including breakfast
- 2 nights accommodation in Gjogv including breakfast
- 2 nights accommodation in Torshavn including breakfast
- 6 full day car rental in Faroe Islands, micro mini (possible to upgrade to larger vehicle, please inquire)
Fees for ferries and tunnels.
Single Supplement from: $531
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