Welcome to Simply Sweden

All our holidays are available without flights if you are travelling from outside the UK.

Just make your enquiry as normal and we will be able to tailor-make your enquiry.

Okay

Simply Sweden

Call us on 01427 700115

new royalslider


Faroe Islands - Walking Holiday

Pack your walking boots, rain coat, camera and a small rucksack. This is a holiday for those with a love of nature, the outdoors and unique locations.

Overview

The Faroe Islands is a dream destination for those who love nature and outdoor activities. The islands are not part of Scandinavia, but Scandinavian culture is deeply rooted.

It is an exceptional place to travel to because there is no need to go far to experience outstanding and unspoiled nature. Much of the rugged scenery is accessible only by foot and a great way to explore the islands is to hike around them. There are footpaths on all the islands, some marked with cairns which function as inland lighthouse to aid navigation between villages.

Along with our friends and partners on the Faroe Islands we have designed a package that offers you a great week packed with varied walks. When you arrive at Vágar airport you will provided with a recommended program and detailed route descriptions but this is your holiday and you will set the agenda and pace; you are not part of a group.

The North Atlantic is open to the elements, which is a major attraction of this holiday. If the weather deteriorates, winds become too strong or visibility becomes a problem, ferries may be cancelled, but we have contingency plans! The islands of Mykines and Suðuroy are at the westerly and southerly extremes of this rocky archipelago and are open to the elements, which is all part of the experience. This is a place to be at one with nature. Pause for a moment and listen: listen to the wind; listen to the waves crashing on the rocks; listen to the birds; listen to the locals who have stories to tell.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from Edinburgh to Vágar Airport.
Pick up your rental car along with a detailed hiking pack and map of the Faroe Islands.
Your first stop is just 200m away at Hotel Vágar where you will spend your first two nights.
Kick this active walking holiday off with a hike over the mountain to the remote charming village of Gásadalur.

Day 2

Breakfast at your hotel.
A full day walking on Mykines, the most westerly island of the Faroe Islands.
The 45min ferry trip is included in your holiday and departs Sørvágur at 10.20am and returns at 5.05pm.
Mykines is known for its challenging walks and rich bird life.
Puffins and gannets are the main attraction, but you might also see some inquisitive or dozing seals.

Day 3

Breakfast at your hotel.
Drive to the capital Torshavn and take the 2hr ferry journey to Tvøroyri and the island of Suðuroy.
Departure times vary daily.
The ferry is not bookable in advance and costs approx.
225DKK per car and driver plus 90DKK per extra person.
We recommend being in the queue 40mins prior to departure.
Check in at Hotel Tvøroyri.
The hike to Hvannhagi, with beautiful views over Lítla Dímun and Stóra Dímun, is recommended.

Day 4

Breakfast at your hotel.
Hiking from Øravík to Vágur gives you the chance of panoramic views across the island.
Options to retrace your steps on the way back or take the bus back to Tvøroyri.

Day 5

Breakfast at your hotel and a relaxing day ahead.
Catch the ferry back to Torshavn and check in to Hotel Hafnia.
Take a boat trip, go shopping for souvenirs, take a casual walk or simply relax and enjoy the world’s smallest capital city.

Day 6

Breakfast at your hotel.
Just across the bay and accessible by a 20min ferry is the island of Nólsoy.
People still live a traditional lifestyle in peaceful surroundings. We recommend a hike to the lighthouse on Borðan.

Day 7

Breakfast at your hotel.
Todays walk is from Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur, the cultural centre of the Faroe Islands.
Attractions include Ólav’s church, the oldest on the Faroe Islands, and the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral.

Day 8

Breakfast at your hotel.
This walking holiday draws to a close with a hike to the spectacular waterfall, Bøsdalafossur.
Drop your rental car off at the airport and return flights to Edinburgh.
Leave with memories of a lifetime from these tiny islands in the North Atlantic.

Accommodation

Accommodation on the Faroe Islands

Accommodation on the Faroe Islands can be basic but will always be warm, cosy and comfortable with ensuite facilities, which is always well appreciated on these islands full of rugged nature and facinating wildlife.

The hotel will always have a restaurant, or there will be one close by. It is common to pay a little extra locally to make a packed lunch from the breakfast table, especially when walking / hiking.

 

 

Hotel Hafnia - Faroe Islands

Located in the centre of Torshavn and just a stone's throw from the quay and old town. The roof terrace on top of the hotel offers glorious views across Torshavn and the harbour. 

This hotel comprises of 57 rooms, many of which have recently been refurbished, and is perfect for those search for a centrally located hotel, close to local attractions and the tourist office. The airport coach stops directly outside. If you would like a newly refurbished room please let us know at the time of making your enquiry.

Please click on the image for more photos.

Activities & Excursions

Faroe Islands (Summer)

A rugged and raw location between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. Hiking is one of the biggest reasons for visiting the Faroe Islands, but there are also plenty of other activities and excursions for you to do during your stay.

Walking & Hiking
If you book our hiking holiday you will be provided with a detailed road map and a detailed hiking map of the Faroe Islands. 

Scenic Drives
You don't have to drive too far! A detailed map is provided on our flydrive holiday. There are no motorways so enjoy the winding roads, mountain views and tiny colourful villages.

Torshavn (Faroe Islands)

Sightseeing and activities in Torshavn
Around the capital there are numerous activities and excursions depending on your personal tastes:
- boat trips to some of the islands (perfect for bird watching)
- guided tours of the old town
- art galleries featuring local artists
- more information at http://visittorshavn.fo/ 

Dates

This holiday is available May to September.

Direct flights from Edinburgh are available on Thursdays and Sundays. Indirect flights with SAS and Atlantic Airways are available from London and Manchester through Copenhagen on other days.

The flights times are as follows:
Thursdays
3.00pm - 4.20pm Edinburgh - Vagar
12.50pm - 2.10pm Vagar - Edinburgh

Sundays
9.20pm - 10.45pm Edinburgh - Vagar
7.15pm - 8.35pm Vagar - Edinburgh

Days of note 2017
2nd June - Culture night in Torshavn.
5th June - Consitution day (public holiday)
29 July - St. Olav's Day (public holiday)
Events are subject to change.

Prices

Price from
£1355 per person

Supplements from
£170 single supplment (as an extra adult in a single room)
£595 per child

Price includes
Return flights from the UK to Vagar
Car rental for the period of your holiday
4 nights at Hotel Føroyar including breakfast
3 nights at Guest House of Gjogv including breakfast

Upgrades from
£40pp for a superior room at Guest House of Gjogv
£345pp for a junior suite at Hotel Føroyar

Gallery

Information

Some basic information about the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are a small group of 18 main islands located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. There is a population of 50,000 and the capital, Torshavn, has a population of 20,000, which is located 45mins from the airport at Vagar. The highest mountain is Slættaratindur and is 880m above sea level and at no point are you more than 5km (3 miles) from the sea.

History
Life on the Faroe Islands can be traced back to 400AD. The Faroe Islands has been claimed by Norway in the past but has been Danish since 1814. During WWII Great Britain was seen as a friendly invader, designed to counter German manoeuvres in Scandinavia, and maintain a strong position in the Atlantic. The British built the only airport on the islands at Vagar and once the war ended handed sovereignty back to Denmark. In 1948 home rule legislation led to the island becoming a self-governing nation within the Kingdom of Denmark.

Getting to the Faroe Islands
There are direct flights from Edinburgh on Thursdays and Sundays with Atlantic Airways. Indirect flights operate from the UK via Copenhagen on other days.

Geography
A geologically interesting area of volcanic rock covering an area of 1400sq km, carved out by the last ice age. The highest point is around 800m and there are 18 main islands. The closest international neighbour is the Scottish Western Isles 260km (160 miles to the south east).

Climate
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean the climate is dominated by the Gulf Stream and the Faroe Islands has little protection from the elements! Their northerly latitude means the Faroe Islands have mild winters with an average temperature of +2C in December and January and cooler summers averaging +13C. 

Clothing & Equipment
Depending on your personal holiday plans we recommend good waterproof walking shoes, a rain jacket and some warm clothing. If you are planning on doing some day hikes we recommend a small backpack and a thermos flask for warm drinks. When the sun does shine you will need sunglasses and sun cream as temperatures can reach over +20C during the long, almost endless, summer days. Binoculars and cameras are a must!

Currency
The Faroese Krona and the Danish Krona are of equal value. Danish currency and Faroese currency are both valid. Cards are widely accepted (with the exception of American Express).

Time Zone
The Faroe Islands are always the same as London and 1hr ahead of Copenhagen.

Electricity
A standard 2 pin continental adaptor is required.

Passports & Visas
The Faroe Islands are not part of the Schengen agreement and a passport is required to enter the Faroe Islands. As a general rule, non EU countries require a visa specific to the Faroe Islands. If in doubt please check with your local Danish Embassy.

Driving & Tolls
On the Faroe Islands they drive on the right hand side, just like continental Europe. There are 2 tunnels that each have a 100DKK toll (approx.) to pass through, one as you drive between Torshvan and the airport. There are no pay stations at the tunnels. Please double check the payment process with your car rental company.

Language
Faroese is the main language and most people can speak and write Danish. English is widely spoken, and Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish and widely understood and spoken.

Alcohol
Bars and restaurants are permitted to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises. There is a state run off licence for the general purchase of alcohol.

Tipping and Service Charges
You are not obliged to tip. Tipping for outstanding service is a matter of choice, but is not expected.

Whaling
Whaling has been a part of Faroese life for centuries and is deeply rooted in the local culture. Pilot whales have provided a vital food source on islands where natural resources are sparse. An estimated 778,000 whales are in the North Eastern Atlantic Ocean, of which approximately 100,000 are around the Faroe Islands.  
Whaling is highly regulated and records of whale hunts date back to 1584, the longest running continuous statistics of any use of wildlife. Whale drives are supervised by elected officials and only those with special permits may slaughter the whales. The meat is then distributed, without the exchange of money, amongst the local community.
Whale drives can take place at any time of year when a school of whales is spotted close to shore. Locals gather in small boats and drive the whales ashore to recognised bays. These drives usually take place in July, August and September, when the conditions are more suitable.
The Faroese are aware of the international view on whale hunting but would like the international community to have a better understanding as to why whaling is still carried out. More information can be found here …. http://www.whaling.fo/ 

Please let us know if something is incorrect or you think we are missing some information from this page.

Overview

The Faroe Islands is a dream destination for those who love nature and outdoor activities. The islands are not part of Scandinavia, but Scandinavian culture is deeply rooted.

It is an exceptional place to travel to because there is no need to go far to experience outstanding and unspoiled nature. Much of the rugged scenery is accessible only by foot and a great way to explore the islands is to hike around them. There are footpaths on all the islands, some marked with cairns which function as inland lighthouse to aid navigation between villages.

Along with our friends and partners on the Faroe Islands we have designed a package that offers you a great week packed with varied walks. When you arrive at Vágar airport you will provided with a recommended program and detailed route descriptions but this is your holiday and you will set the agenda and pace; you are not part of a group.

The North Atlantic is open to the elements, which is a major attraction of this holiday. If the weather deteriorates, winds become too strong or visibility becomes a problem, ferries may be cancelled, but we have contingency plans! The islands of Mykines and Suðuroy are at the westerly and southerly extremes of this rocky archipelago and are open to the elements, which is all part of the experience. This is a place to be at one with nature. Pause for a moment and listen: listen to the wind; listen to the waves crashing on the rocks; listen to the birds; listen to the locals who have stories to tell.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from Edinburgh to Vágar Airport.
Pick up your rental car along with a detailed hiking pack and map of the Faroe Islands.
Your first stop is just 200m away at Hotel Vágar where you will spend your first two nights.
Kick this active walking holiday off with a hike over the mountain to the remote charming village of Gásadalur.

Day 2

Breakfast at your hotel.
A full day walking on Mykines, the most westerly island of the Faroe Islands.
The 45min ferry trip is included in your holiday and departs Sørvágur at 10.20am and returns at 5.05pm.
Mykines is known for its challenging walks and rich bird life.
Puffins and gannets are the main attraction, but you might also see some inquisitive or dozing seals.

Day 3

Breakfast at your hotel.
Drive to the capital Torshavn and take the 2hr ferry journey to Tvøroyri and the island of Suðuroy.
Departure times vary daily.
The ferry is not bookable in advance and costs approx.
225DKK per car and driver plus 90DKK per extra person.
We recommend being in the queue 40mins prior to departure.
Check in at Hotel Tvøroyri.
The hike to Hvannhagi, with beautiful views over Lítla Dímun and Stóra Dímun, is recommended.

Day 4

Breakfast at your hotel.
Hiking from Øravík to Vágur gives you the chance of panoramic views across the island.
Options to retrace your steps on the way back or take the bus back to Tvøroyri.

Day 5

Breakfast at your hotel and a relaxing day ahead.
Catch the ferry back to Torshavn and check in to Hotel Hafnia.
Take a boat trip, go shopping for souvenirs, take a casual walk or simply relax and enjoy the world’s smallest capital city.

Day 6

Breakfast at your hotel.
Just across the bay and accessible by a 20min ferry is the island of Nólsoy.
People still live a traditional lifestyle in peaceful surroundings. We recommend a hike to the lighthouse on Borðan.

Day 7

Breakfast at your hotel.
Todays walk is from Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur, the cultural centre of the Faroe Islands.
Attractions include Ólav’s church, the oldest on the Faroe Islands, and the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral.

Day 8

Breakfast at your hotel.
This walking holiday draws to a close with a hike to the spectacular waterfall, Bøsdalafossur.
Drop your rental car off at the airport and return flights to Edinburgh.
Leave with memories of a lifetime from these tiny islands in the North Atlantic.

Accomodation

Accommodation on the Faroe Islands

Accommodation on the Faroe Islands can be basic but will always be warm, cosy and comfortable with ensuite facilities, which is always well appreciated on these islands full of rugged nature and facinating wildlife.

The hotel will always have a restaurant, or there will be one close by. It is common to pay a little extra locally to make a packed lunch from the breakfast table, especially when walking / hiking.

 

 

Hotel Hafnia - Faroe Islands

Located in the centre of Torshavn and just a stone's throw from the quay and old town. The roof terrace on top of the hotel offers glorious views across Torshavn and the harbour. 

This hotel comprises of 57 rooms, many of which have recently been refurbished, and is perfect for those search for a centrally located hotel, close to local attractions and the tourist office. The airport coach stops directly outside. If you would like a newly refurbished room please let us know at the time of making your enquiry.

Please click on the image for more photos.

Excursions

Faroe Islands (Summer)

A rugged and raw location between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. Hiking is one of the biggest reasons for visiting the Faroe Islands, but there are also plenty of other activities and excursions for you to do during your stay.

Walking & Hiking
If you book our hiking holiday you will be provided with a detailed road map and a detailed hiking map of the Faroe Islands. 

Scenic Drives
You don't have to drive too far! A detailed map is provided on our flydrive holiday. There are no motorways so enjoy the winding roads, mountain views and tiny colourful villages.

Torshavn (Faroe Islands)

Sightseeing and activities in Torshavn
Around the capital there are numerous activities and excursions depending on your personal tastes:
- boat trips to some of the islands (perfect for bird watching)
- guided tours of the old town
- art galleries featuring local artists
- more information at http://visittorshavn.fo/ 

Dates

This holiday is available May to September.

Direct flights from Edinburgh are available on Thursdays and Sundays. Indirect flights with SAS and Atlantic Airways are available from London and Manchester through Copenhagen on other days.

The flights times are as follows:
Thursdays
3.00pm - 4.20pm Edinburgh - Vagar
12.50pm - 2.10pm Vagar - Edinburgh

Sundays
9.20pm - 10.45pm Edinburgh - Vagar
7.15pm - 8.35pm Vagar - Edinburgh

Days of note 2017
2nd June - Culture night in Torshavn.
5th June - Consitution day (public holiday)
29 July - St. Olav's Day (public holiday)
Events are subject to change.

Prices

Price from
£1355 per person

Supplements from
£170 single supplment (as an extra adult in a single room)
£595 per child

Price includes
Return flights from the UK to Vagar
Car rental for the period of your holiday
4 nights at Hotel Føroyar including breakfast
3 nights at Guest House of Gjogv including breakfast

Upgrades from
£40pp for a superior room at Guest House of Gjogv
£345pp for a junior suite at Hotel Føroyar

Gallery More Info

Some basic information about the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are a small group of 18 main islands located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. There is a population of 50,000 and the capital, Torshavn, has a population of 20,000, which is located 45mins from the airport at Vagar. The highest mountain is Slættaratindur and is 880m above sea level and at no point are you more than 5km (3 miles) from the sea.

History
Life on the Faroe Islands can be traced back to 400AD. The Faroe Islands has been claimed by Norway in the past but has been Danish since 1814. During WWII Great Britain was seen as a friendly invader, designed to counter German manoeuvres in Scandinavia, and maintain a strong position in the Atlantic. The British built the only airport on the islands at Vagar and once the war ended handed sovereignty back to Denmark. In 1948 home rule legislation led to the island becoming a self-governing nation within the Kingdom of Denmark.

Getting to the Faroe Islands
There are direct flights from Edinburgh on Thursdays and Sundays with Atlantic Airways. Indirect flights operate from the UK via Copenhagen on other days.

Geography
A geologically interesting area of volcanic rock covering an area of 1400sq km, carved out by the last ice age. The highest point is around 800m and there are 18 main islands. The closest international neighbour is the Scottish Western Isles 260km (160 miles to the south east).

Climate
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean the climate is dominated by the Gulf Stream and the Faroe Islands has little protection from the elements! Their northerly latitude means the Faroe Islands have mild winters with an average temperature of +2C in December and January and cooler summers averaging +13C. 

Clothing & Equipment
Depending on your personal holiday plans we recommend good waterproof walking shoes, a rain jacket and some warm clothing. If you are planning on doing some day hikes we recommend a small backpack and a thermos flask for warm drinks. When the sun does shine you will need sunglasses and sun cream as temperatures can reach over +20C during the long, almost endless, summer days. Binoculars and cameras are a must!

Currency
The Faroese Krona and the Danish Krona are of equal value. Danish currency and Faroese currency are both valid. Cards are widely accepted (with the exception of American Express).

Time Zone
The Faroe Islands are always the same as London and 1hr ahead of Copenhagen.

Electricity
A standard 2 pin continental adaptor is required.

Passports & Visas
The Faroe Islands are not part of the Schengen agreement and a passport is required to enter the Faroe Islands. As a general rule, non EU countries require a visa specific to the Faroe Islands. If in doubt please check with your local Danish Embassy.

Driving & Tolls
On the Faroe Islands they drive on the right hand side, just like continental Europe. There are 2 tunnels that each have a 100DKK toll (approx.) to pass through, one as you drive between Torshvan and the airport. There are no pay stations at the tunnels. Please double check the payment process with your car rental company.

Language
Faroese is the main language and most people can speak and write Danish. English is widely spoken, and Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish and widely understood and spoken.

Alcohol
Bars and restaurants are permitted to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises. There is a state run off licence for the general purchase of alcohol.

Tipping and Service Charges
You are not obliged to tip. Tipping for outstanding service is a matter of choice, but is not expected.

Whaling
Whaling has been a part of Faroese life for centuries and is deeply rooted in the local culture. Pilot whales have provided a vital food source on islands where natural resources are sparse. An estimated 778,000 whales are in the North Eastern Atlantic Ocean, of which approximately 100,000 are around the Faroe Islands.  
Whaling is highly regulated and records of whale hunts date back to 1584, the longest running continuous statistics of any use of wildlife. Whale drives are supervised by elected officials and only those with special permits may slaughter the whales. The meat is then distributed, without the exchange of money, amongst the local community.
Whale drives can take place at any time of year when a school of whales is spotted close to shore. Locals gather in small boats and drive the whales ashore to recognised bays. These drives usually take place in July, August and September, when the conditions are more suitable.
The Faroese are aware of the international view on whale hunting but would like the international community to have a better understanding as to why whaling is still carried out. More information can be found here …. http://www.whaling.fo/ 

Please let us know if something is incorrect or you think we are missing some information from this page.