From: DKK 995,-
Incl. Bus/Minibus, Tour Guide, Entrance Fees, packed lunch and drinks.
All Tours are normally in English or Scandinavian.
Adults € 120 / children (0-12 years) € 60
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 through 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. After 15 minutes with gorgeous mountain roads, Gjógv is in sight down the next valley. 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) a church and a campsite. Gjógv is located approximately a one-hour drive from Tórshavn. Lunch platter and Pancakes with warm beverages will be served in Gjáargarður, before a picture walk through the village, and into the gorge. On the way back to Tórshavn, we stop on Eiðiskarð. To take pictures of the stone formations Risin & Kellingin, and of the tallest mountains in the Faroes such as Slættaratindur and Vaðhorn. 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.