Journey to the North Atlantic’s Best-Kept Secret

Overview

Set in the North Atlantic halfway between Iceland and Norway, the windswept cluster of the Faroe Islands are unsheltered, remote, and absolutely breathtaking. This otherworldly landscape has mountaintops wreathed in clouds, dark soaring cliffs plunging over 2,000 feet into the ocean, and emerald moorlands dipping into valleys painted with brightly-colored villages and ringed by black-sand beaches. On this cultural and hiking adventure, we pair wonderful hikes with the welcoming Faroese people for an unforgettable journey in the “Land of Maybe.”

On Mykines and the Vestmanna Cliffs, we’ll witness the unforgettable phenomenon of thousands of nesting seabirds, including puffins, soaring along the edge of cliffs. Our hikes bring us across wild, grassy hillsides alongside the hardy sheep that outnumber the human residents 2:1, and we’ll walk in the footsteps of postmen who had to cross rolling mountains to deliver the mail. We’ll hike to the top of Slaettaratindur, the islands’ highest mountain (weather permitting, of course!), visit turf-roofed traditional houses in Saksun and Kirkjubøur, and in the islands’ last working mill, watch wool being transformed into delicate yarn. The fish is outrageously fresh, and we’ll have the chance to sample traditional Faroese fare including skerpikjot, wind-dried lamb, and drink beer from the island’s oldest brewery. Finishing in Tórshavn, Europe’s smallest capital, we’ll wander past the colorful wooden buildings of Old Town and watch the scene at the lively marina where local fishermen sell their day’s catch.

Our overnights are in cozy hotels and a charming guesthouse where we’ll get to experience traditional Faroese singing and their unique chain dancing. Along the way, you’ll be entertained with island legends and Viking history, and spend time with knitters, cooks, beer makers, artists, and farmers—all of whom have a story to share. The important things in life are not forgotten by the islanders, and our wonderful veteran Trip Leader, Skye McDonald, is thrilled to share these mystical lands with you!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Vágar Island / Mykines Island

Stretching out like a spine of glorious bluffs over sheer cliff faces, Mykines is a photographer’s and ornithologist’s paradise. We boat to the island, walk through fishermen’s villages with grass-roofed houses, and spend time with the permanent residents—puffins!

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Days 3-4
Vestmanna / Eysturoy Island / Hike Slaettaratindur

We cruise beneath 1,000-foot-high cliffs at Vestmanna, home to guillemots, razorbills, and puffins—and daring sheep that graze on near-vertical grassy patches along the cliff. On Eysturoy, we meet a local artist at her studio, then hike up Slaettaratindur, the highest mountain in the islands, for views out across the Faroes’ two most famous sea stacks.

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Days 5-6
Bordoy and Vidoy Islands / Snaeldan Wool Mill

After a visit to the oldest brewery in the Faroes, we hike up the steep slopes of Vidoy for spectacular views of five islands, and watch wool be transformed into delicate yarn at a classic wool mill. One evening, we savor a celebration dinner and enjoy Faroese circle dancing and song.

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Days 7-8
Tórshavn

In Tórshavn, Europe’s smallest capital, we explore the Old Town, with its turf-roofed buildings, and enjoy dinner in a family home with ingredients fresh from the family’s farm, accompanied by local Faroese schnapps. Depart on Day 8 via Sørvágur.

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Highlights

Highlights

Discover the Faroes’ most spectacular coastal and mountain hikes and rich Viking heritage
Sample traditional Faroese fare including skerpikjot (wind-dried lamb)
Enjoy a beer at the oldest brewery on the islands
Meet artisans, enjoy our Farewell Dinner with a local family
Welcoming hotels and guesthouses, including a stay in Tórshavn, the smallest capital city in Europe

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4495  
Arrive: Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
Depart: Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
Lodging: 7 nights hotels and guesthouses
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

6 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, some steep sections, 2-4 hours most days. This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.