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Experience life on the unspoilt Faroe Islands
Thrusting up through the waves of the north Atlantic between Iceland and Norway - and just an hour's flight from Edinburgh - the Faroe Islands are one of Europe's best-kept secrets. These 18 remote, unexplored and unbelievably beautiful islands are connected by road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges, and are famous for dramatic cliffs, towering mountains and stunning fjords.
On the island of Eysturoy, you will take a boat trip to the Vestmanna cliffs, which are covered in an array of seabirds including the famous Faroe Island puffins. Other scenic highlights of your tour will include Sørvágsvatn, a spectacular clifftop lake, and the Mulafossur waterfall. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the captivating Faroe Islands before the rest of the world discovers them.
Reasons to book
Waterfalls, mountains, fjords and more
Feel the history of the Faroes
- Return flights from Edinburgh or London Heathrow**
- Three nights' B&B accommodation
- Authentic local farmhouse dinner
- Full programme of excursions including walking tour of Tórshavn,
- Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager
** Connecting flights from London Heathrow available at a supplement.
Day1Picturesque villagesVagar, Faroe Islands, Denmark
Depart on an early afternoon flight from Edinburgh. On arrival in Vágar you will be met by a coach and a local English-speaking guide, before you depart on a short sightseeing tour of Vagar, driving to the small, picturesque villages of Bøur and Gásadalur. Enjoy unparalleled views of the fjord, the islet Tindhólmur and Mykines. Until recently, the only way to get to charming Gásadalur was on foot from Bøur and over the mountain, though now there is a tunnel to Gásadalur. The village remains unspoiled, preserving its charm and authenticity. In Gásadalur, you'll walk to the viewpoint of the famous and iconic "Múlafossur" waterfall.
You then transfer to your family-run accommodation: the 3-star Hotel Hafnia, conveniently located on the main street in Tórshavn, Áarvegur. Tórshavn is known to be one of the smallest and most charming capital cities in the world. The evening is free and you can dine in a nearby local restaurant or in the hotel's own restaurant, which serves international cuisine, including seafood and other specialities from the Faroe Islands,
Day2Walking tour of TórshavnTórshavn, Denmark
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of Tórshavn. Upon entering the old town, you'll find yourself in unique place that brings you straight back to the Middle Ages as you cross through a maze of lanes and narrow passages, rocky steps and tiny black-tarred houses.
In the afternoon, visit the town's National Museum before driving to Kirkjubøur to see some of the historical sites, including St Magnus Cathedral, the largest medieval construction in the Faroes, dating from around 1300, and St Olavs Church, the present day parish which dates from 1111. You will be invited into the oldest inhabited wooden house in Europe - the 900-year-old Roykstovan, where we will be welcomed with tea and cake as the resident farmer entertains you with captivating stories about the 1000-year history of the village and its settlers.
Return late to the hotel in Tórshavn where the evening is free to dine in the hotel or elsewhere. The Áarstova restaurant, located in a historic building in the heart of the old town, is highly recommended.
Day3Vestmanna CliffsVestmanna Cliffs, DenmarkThe birds are less numerous in September.
After breakfast, travel to Vestmanna, enjoying a boat ride to the umissable Vestmanna Cliffs, where you will be treated to some incredible seabird sightings. The 2000-foot jagged stacks and rocks are covered in an array of noisy seabirds including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills.
Continue to the northern part of Eysturoy, where you'll begin your scenic coastal drive on Streymoy passing multiple picturesque villages. Crossing the bridge to the Eysturoy island, then continuing to the village of Gjógv, you'll pass two rock formations sprouting out to sea, known locally as 'the Giant and the Witch'. On this drive, you'll pass by the highest mountain in the Faroes, the 882-metre Slættarartindur. Stop off in the village of Gjógv before continuing to Gøta to see the new church, known for the glass paintings created by Faroese artist Tróndur Paturson. You'll also visit the spinning mill where Faroese woollen garments are produced and sold.
This evening, enjoy one of the highlights of the tour, travelling to Velbastað where you'll be invited into the home of farmers Anna and Óli for an intimate and authentic dining experience consisting of five courses of Faroese food, including one of Anna's grandmother's recipes, homemade bread with sausage, and lamb from their own farm. In addition to the delicious homemade food they'll prepare you, you'll hear fascinating stories about the farm and about Anna and Óli's life on the islands. You'll arrive back at the hotel at midnight.
Following your final breakfast, check out of the hotel and set off for the airport. But don't worry, your tour does not end here, as en route you'll visit the island of Vágar, where you'll visit the church in Sandavágur, one of the oldest settlements in the Faroe Islands.
Then continue to the airport in time for your return flight to Edinburgh.
Modern but cosy Danish hotel next to Tórshavn's harbour
This family-run Faroese hotel offers modern rooms and small, traditional cottages in the heart of Tórshavn. Cottages feature wooden barred windows and turfed roofs. Hafnia Hotel offers visitors a unique and quintessential Faroese experience.