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Frequently Visited Attractions

#Mykines

Thursdays 09.00-19.00

This is a daytrip to the westernmost tip of Faroe Islands, the island of Mykines. Spectacular beauty. It is as simple as that. The Journey takes us by bus to the village of Sørvágur, where the local ferry sails from. On the island of Mykines a local guide awaits us. The hike from the old solitary Mykines village with turf-roofed houses to the lighthouse at the end of the the islet of Mykineshólmur is truly something special – an otherworldly experience at the edge of this world. This secluded island, with its rolling hills and precipitous cliffs, has deservedly become a traveller’s favourite. Enjoy tremendous views of the ocean to the west and other islands to the east as you walk across the island dubbed the “paradise of birds” because of its magnificent and rich bird life, including hundreds of cute puffins nestled in burrows in the clifftops during the summer months. On the walk you can get close to #Puffins.

#Vestmanna Bird Cliffs

Wednesdays 09.00-15.30

The Journey takes us by bus to the village of Vestmanna. Where the magnificent boat trip to the Vestmannabjørgini and grottoes, are waiting for us. On the boat you experience narrow straits, deep grottoes and almost 700-metre high cliffs soaring up from the ocean. These cliffs and caves provide safe nesting places for thousands of sea birds such as puffins, fulmars, guillemots and razorbills. In the past and also to some degree today locals would climb down the cliffs to collect bird eggs, which are considered a delicacy by the Faroese. The boat tour lasts approximately two hours Arriving back in Vestmanna, we invite you for a special treat, in one of the famous local restaurants. Returning home, we stop in the village of Leynar, to stretch our legs on the white sanded beach, for a relaxing and cozy end of the day.

#Kirkjubøur & Tórshavn

Tuesdays 09:00-14:00

We take you on an exciting journey to the Faroese capital Tórshavn. In the ancient era of the Vikings, the Faroese Vikings needed a place in the middle of the country to have a “Ting” Which today is referred to as the Faroese Parliament. Tórshavn, and Tinganes was the perfect place. Tórshavn has been used as the center of Parliament in the Faroe Islands for more than 1000 years uninterrupted, and is therefore considered the oldest continuously used place for a Parliament in the world. The Faroese Capital is home to antique buildings and is booming with history around every corner. Walking around this idyllic capital you will see the old meeting the new. In houses hundreds of years old, there are modern high-class restaurants, with fresh fish from one of the cleanest oceans in the world, the North Atlantic, with its strong currents flowing through the Islands. When walking around in Tórshavn you will find that even though Tórshavn is one of the Smallest capitals in the world, it welcomes you to a serene and tranquil environment. The most relaxing and anti-stressing capitals in the world. Unlike other capitals where half of the time consists of standing in ques and finding a place to rest from the stressful environments. Tórshavn is something totally different. You will not believe it, until you have visited it! You barely see any crowded area or roads in Tórshavn, and you will see the residents of Tórshavn living a rather simplistic life. You will see people being sympathy with one another. They truly captivate the true meaning of life that is devoid of any materialistic concerns. We, then, embark on a journey to Kirkjubøur, which is regarded as one of the most historical sites in the Faroe Islands. In medieval times, this place was regarded as the cultural and religious center of the Faroe Islands. In present days, it is home to an ancient farmhouse Roykstovan, seemingly the oldest continuously inhabited wooden house in the world, with its 17th generation living inside it. It is also known for its antique church, Ólavskirkja, that was seemingly built in the year 1111, and by far the oldest church in the Faroe Islands. Kirkjubøur is also home to the medieval ruins of the Magnus Cathedral that was built in the 1300s, and its significance is rooted in history. The Cathedral was supposed to be so grand and beautiful, that it became too expensive. The southerners rioted because of the church taxes and this started a civil war. The winners of the war, were the ones, that were against the building of the Cathedral, and therefore, it has never been finished..

#Fishing Tour

Wednesdays 09.00-15.30

The Journey takes us by bus to the village of Vestmanna. Where the polite captain invites you aboard his nostalgic and specially equipped boat, a fishing machine like no other around! 4 hours of sea angling onboard M/B Blástein. Including floatation suits, boots, shimano rod and reels. Tea/coffee and a solid meal. Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Ling, Tusk, mackerel and many many more are waiting for us! On the boat you will experience how to be deep at one with nature and the sea. Simply bring a smile, and we’ll provide the rest under the nurturing eye of your highly experienced and qualified skipper Blástein. Afterwards there is a warm meal ( with the option to cook what you have cought ) at the local Tavern. We take The old mountain road back home to Tórshavn for some incredible views.

#Northern Eysturoy & Streymoy

Mondays 09.00-16.00

Splendidly set in a natural circular amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon, Saksun is a wonderfully remote hillside village and is one of the most worthwhile destinations in the country. Known for its tranquil atmosphere, the tiny village of 15 inhabitants offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. In the fjord, at the foot of the village, is a lagoon. At low tide, it is possible to walk along the sandy shore of the lagoon around the headland. The village includes a church, built in 1858. After Saksun we drive to Gjógv. Gjógv is the most northern village on the island of Eysturoy, named after a 200-metre long sea-filled gorge that runs from the village into the ocean. Nominated by the Nordic Council for the Nature & Environmental Award in 2014, this beautiful quiet and well-preserved village is idyllically located, closed in by mountains to all sides. With less than 50 inhabitants, all living in old timber-walled and turf-roofed cottages, Gjógv has an abundance of charm and appeal. Add to this some great hiking and walking trails that offer spectacular views of the North Atlantic and the surrounding islands and you don’t want to miss out on this special location. The village includes a charming teashop, a guesthouse (Gjáargarður) and a campsite, and is located approximately a one-hour drive from Tórshavn. On the way to Gjógv, we stop on Eiðiskarð where we stop to take pictures of the stone formations Risin & Kellingin, and of the tallest mountains in the Faroes such as Slættaratindur and Vaðhorn. Next on the list is Funningur. Tradition says that the first viking who settled on the Faroe Islands settled in Funningur. His name was Grímur Kamban, a Norwegian Viking escaping the tyranny of the Norse king Haraldur Hárfagri. Funninger Church, in the village of Funningur, is one of the 10 old wooden churches in the Faroe Islands. It was inaugurated on 30 November 1847 and is for that reason the newest of the old traditional wooden churches. The old cemetery also still resides inside the walls of this church. Last stop on the tour is Tjørnuvík. A narrow and steep road leads down to this astonishing village on the beach, where today many surfers and divers choose to spend the day, battling the big waves coming directly in from the north. In the background of the waves you see another angle of Risin and Kellingin. Pictures that are captured here, can truly be nothing but amazing! Saga says Once upon a time, an Icelandic chief witch sent a giant and his wife, a witch, to the Faroe Islands to steal the islands and bring them back to Iceland. Off they went in the dusk and arrived in the north-westernmost part of the Faroe Islands. They decided to tie a rope around a mountain called Eiðiskollur, and pull the Faroe Islands towards Iceland. They struggled and worked hard to get the rope in place. Their first attempt was unsuccessful because part of the mountain split. However, they were determined and worked all night to make it work. Like all creatures of the night, the giant and the witch knew they had to hide before the sun came up, for fear of being turned into stone. This particular night, they were so pre-occupied with their task that they failed to notice the first beams of sunlight appearing on the dark horizon. Inevitably, they were turned into stone. Ever since, the giant and the witch have stood, staring westward, longing for their home country. Waffles and warm beverages will be offered while we enjoy the view, before heading back to Tórshavn.

#Northern Islands

Saturdays 09.00-19.00

Klaksvík Klaksvík is the second-largest town in the Faroe Islands and is located on the island of Borðoy. Klaksvík has an important harbour with its modern fishing fleet and industry. The first settlement of Klaksvík dates back to viking times, but it wasnt until 1908 that Klaksvíkar municipality was formed. Originally there were four villages in the area, that eventually grew together and became Klaksvík. There are some ruins of a farm that was buried by an avalanche in 1745 located on the eastern end of borðoyarvík. This area is also home to some excavated viking ruins called Islendingatoftir. The oldest brewery in the Faroe Islands is located in Klaksvík, Føroya Bjór has been brewing great beer since it was established in 1888. Another major attraction of Klaksvík is the beautiful church, Christianskirkjan, built in 1963. The church is built in old norse style, with a roof construction similar to that of old viking halls. Hanging from the ceiling inside the church is an old 8-man rowing boat that was originally used to transport the priest between villages. The church is dedicated in memory of the sailors who lost their lives during World War II. Klaksvík is home to an annual music festival called Summarfestivalurin which was established in 2004. This family friendly music festival caters to a wide audience that varies greatly in age and musical taste. Kalsoy An island rich with interesting folklore and history. Kalsoy has also been identified as an important bird area by BirdLife International due to its significance as a breeding site for various seabirds. The plantlife on the island is also interesting because of several rare plant species. The island’s highest mountain top, called Nestindur, is 787 metres tall. The only way to reach the island is by boat or ferry. The ferry sails between Klaksvík and the village Syðradalur. Kalsoy has four inhabited villages, Syðradalur being furthest south. North of Syðradalur is the village of Húsar and north of that is Mikladalur. The northernmost village is Trøllanes. Syðradalur There used to be a village west of Syðradalur called Blankskáli, but an avalanche that struck in 1809 made the villagers fear for their safety. Between 1810 and 1816 the inhabitants of Blankaskáli abandoned their village and relocated east to what would become the village of Syðradalur. In 2000 a memorial monument was erected in Syðradalur, in remembrance of the lives lost at sea. The village has a public restroom and shower The village celebrated its 200 year anniversary in 2016. Húsar Húsar is a very old village, and according to some sources the oldest on the island, this is most visible by looking at the old cemetary. The oldest houses were built behind a hill so they couldn’t be seen from the ocean, this was done as a defence against pirates and other wrong-doers at sea. The beautiful stone church at Húsar is also interesting, as it is very large for such a small village. It was built in 1920, while the village was under steady growth, but the population never grew large enough to fill the large church. Another interesting aspect of the church is its construction material, as stone churches are quite rare in the Faroe Islands. Húsar is also known for an old tale of house robbers from the 1600s, who were said to have used human flesh as fishing bait. Mikladalur Like Húsar, Mikladalur is a very old village. It is mentioned in Seyðabrævið, a legal reform document from 1298, in stipulations regarding sheep and dogs. Land tenants in Mikladalur are well documented back to 1584. Historically, Mikladalur has been famous for its skilled boat builders, stonemasons and blacksmiths There is a lot of folklore based in Mikladalur, the most famous of which being the Selkie – or seal woman. In 2014 a statue was erected on a rocky knoll on the village shore, commemorating the story of the seal woman.

#Visit Vágoy

Friday 09.00-14.00

The driver will pick you up at the harbor on and drive you to the beautiful village Kvívík. The old houses in the charming village, are situated close together on both sides of the river Stórá which runs through he valley, past the white painted church, past the rectory and out into the sea. Archaeologists have found the remains of two Viking longhouses by the harbour. Toys, ornaments and other artifacts that were discovered in and around the houses have been preserved in the National Museum in Tórshavn. From Kvívík you will drive towards Sandavágur, where we visit the iconic red roofed chuch, where the Runestone found in 1917 in Eingjartoftum resides today, called Sandavágssteinurin. Experts think this dates back to year 1200, the inscription in runes says the following: Torkil Onundarson a eastman of Rogalandi built this place first. Next we head to Miðvágur, we visit the old house of Beinta Broberg in Kálvalíð, possibly the most famous woman from the history of the Faroe Islands. She has been the inspiration for novels and the danish film ( Barbara ). Kálvalíð is also where the first potato farm is meant to be established,We drive next to Leitisvatn on route to Sørvág. The largest and deepest lake on the Faroe Islands – 60 meters wide, 6 km long and 60 meters deep. It’s located between Miðvág and Sørvág on the island of Vágar. Take a hike to the end of the late, wher you will find the waterfall Bøsdalafossur, which plunges 35 meters down into the Atlantic Ocean. To the west of the waterfall you can get a good view of the edges of Vágar, as it stands proud against the harsh tides of the ocean. We drive thrue the airport village of Sørvágur. The first fish factory in the Faroe Islands was built in Sørvágur in 1952. West of Sørvágur lies the idyllic village of Bøur whose inhabitants have one of the country’s best views. From the grass roofed houses and church that lie lumped together along the river close to the white sandy beach, there is a magnificent view of the islets: Tindhólmur and Gáshólmur and also the bird island Mykines. Take a walk in the village and get some unforgettable photos. Vágoy was the main base of the British. Just outside the village, is one house still standing, and the remains of others, where british soldiers lived during WW2. The tour continues to the picturesque village Gásadalur. The village is surrounded by the highest mountains on Vágar and has a panoramic view over the isle of Mykines. Until recently the village of Gásadalur was about to be de-populated, because it was the only village on the Faroe Islands without road connection to other villages. It is probably the most “ authentic “ village because of this isolation. Where most of the previous farming life is still preserved. The path over the mountain, where the post was carried three times a week, was the only connection to the outside world. Now the isolation is broken by a tunnel, but the cozy atmosphere of Gásadalur is still intact. The village of Gásadalur is a very special and unique place to visit and here you will also find the waterfall “Múlafossur”, which is one of the prettiest waterfalls in the world. Gásadalur is a “must see” for all tourists because of its unspoiled nature and lack of influence from the presence. On your way back to you ship, the drive will take you to the viewpoint “Trøllkonufingur” (troll finger) in Sandavágur. However, this is only if there still is time left.

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