Journey to Europe’s Best-Kept Secret

Overview

Set in the North Atlantic halfway between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands are remote and absolutely breathtaking. This otherworldly landscape has mountaintops wreathed in clouds, soaring cliffs plunging over 2,000 feet into the ocean, and emerald moorlands rising from valleys painted with bright-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 sea cliffs, we’ll witness the unforgettable sight 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 these mountains to deliver the mail. We’ll hike the high pastures of Ambadalur above the charming village of Gjógv, visit turf-roofed houses on our hike from Saksun to Tjørnuvík, and savor tasty traditional waffles when we arrive in this charming village. Our meals include outrageously fresh fish, and we'll have the chance to sample lots of traditional Faroese cuisine and drink beer from the island’s oldest brewery. In Tórshavn, Europe’s smallest capital (and with a great food scene), we’ll wander past the colorful wooden buildings of Old Town and explore the lively marina where local fishermen sell their day’s catch.

Our overnight bases between hikes are in cozy hotels and a charming guesthouse where we’ll get to experience traditional Faroese singing and 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 in this delightful archipelago.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Vágar Island / Mykines Island

On Vágar, a lakeside trail brings us to the stupendous cliffs at Trælanípa for a surreal vista of a lake seemingly suspended in the sky, then further to the cascade of Bøsdalafossur, thundering over a cliff to the sea. We boat past spectacular Faroese rock formations to Mykines Island for a walk through its turf-roofed village and hike across moorlands to teeming colonies of Atlantic puffin.

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Days 3-4
Vestmanna Cliffs / Eysturoy Island

Cruising beneath thousand-foot-high cliffs at Vestmanna, we view fantastic seabird colonies— and daring sheep that graze on near-vertical patches along the cliffs. On Eysturoy, we meet a local artist at her studio, then hike right from our charming lodge to a sweeping panorama across the Faroes’ dramatic sea stacks.

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Days 5-6
Borðoy and Viðoy Islands / Snældan Wool Mill

On Borðoy, we sample the wares at the oldest brewery in the Faroes, and on Viðoy, our hike offers breathtaking views across five islands. At a mill where weavers use age-old skills in wool carding and yarn making, we’ll see how the island’s famous woolen goods are made. One evening, we join a celebration dinner complete with Faroese dancing and song.

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Days 7-8
Tórshavn

Tórshavn, the capital, is named after the Viking god of thunder. We explore the Old Town, with its turf-roofed buildings, and enjoy dinner in a family home with ingredients fresh from the farm—and of course, 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 seafaring heritage
Sample Faroese cuisine, including superb fresh-caught fish
Sip beer at the oldest brewery on the islands
Meet artisans, enjoy dinner with a local family
Welcoming hotels and guesthouses, with many hikes right out the front door!

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
Depart: Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
Lodging: 7 nights hotels and guesthouses
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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.