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Faroe Islands - Fly Drive

Visit the Faroe Islands (translated as Sheep Islands) and go where Google street view hasn’t! Pick up your rental car and explore this remote archipelago at your leisure.

Overview

These remotes islands are an incredible place to explore as they are home to unique natural environments, a long deep history and a rich cultural life. The everchanging weather conditions with rain, mist, warmth and sunshine make for breath-taking photo opportunities, and encounters with hospitable locals is an essential part of any small-destination experience. There are birds and sheep, unspoiled nature and remote tiny villages. There is tranquillity, only interrupted by surging waterfalls and rolling surf.

Renting a car gives you the opportunity to reach nearly all areas of the Faroe Islands. A car gives you the ability to travel at your own pace and stop at the viewpoints that appeal to you, especially as the weather can be radically different from one place to another, from day to day – this is the north Atlantic! 

On the Faroe Islands, you will find the smallest and cosiest capital in the world, Tórshavn. The hotels are comfortable and the restaurants take you on a north Atlantic culinary adventure. Take a step back in time with a walk through the evocative and historic old part of town.

Myths and legends have formed an important part of the Faroese culture over the centuries. One of the most famous concerns Kópakonan (The Seal Woman), who is a 450kg statue standing on the Island of Kalsov. Annually, on the 12th night, seals would remove their furs and amuse themselves as human beings, dancing naked on the islands before returning to the sea the next day.

The highlights of this holiday
The scenery, the outdoor life and proximity of nature and of course the unique Faroese culture. Simply relax! 

Itinerary

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from Edinburgh to Vágar Airport.
Pick up your rental car and detailed map of the Faroe Islands.
Just around the corner is Hotel Vágar - you base for the first night.

Day 2
Breakfast.
A 45min drive to Vestmanna through a tunnel between the islands of Vágar and Streymoy.
A 2hr boat trip to the famous bird cliffs at Vestmanna is included – one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Faroe Islands.
Continue with a visit to the ancient Viking settlements in Kvivik and cross the Atlantic Bridge onto Eysturoy Island.
Here you will be able to see Slættaratindur, the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands, standing tall at 880m.
Depending on availability you will stay 2 nights in a superior room at Gjáargarður Guest House or a standard room at Hotel Runavik.
(Gjáargarður Guest House is a small popular property and is often fully booked many weeks and months in advance, in which case Hotel Runavik is a great alternative).

Day 3
Breakfast.
Visit to the northwest part of the islands. At Tjørnuvík you can enjoy the views, Viking remains and a relaxing walk along the beach.
Saksun is a village surrounded by steep mountains and a lagoon-like lake with sandy beach.
Old churches have been built in the smallest villages.

Day 4
Breakfast.
On the island of Eystuory, Oyndarfjørður are the Rolling Stones.
The Faroe Islands second sea tunnel, with impressive light architecture connects Eystuory with Borðoy.

Day 5
Breakfast and plenty of time to explore the northern islands.
Venture to Viðareiði, the northernmost village.
Climb to the peak of the world’s highest promontory, Enniberg, with surreal views over Fugloy, Svínoy, Borðoy and Kunoy.
From here you can visit Kalsoy and learn more about the legend of the Seal Woman.

Day 6
Breakfast before driving to Tórshavn.
The old town is home to the world’s oldest parliament, Tinganes. Other attractions include: the ancient cultural centre of the Faroe Islands at Kirkjubøur; Ólav’s church, the oldest on the Faroe Islands; the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral.
Afternoon check in at Hotel Hafnia.

Day 7
Breakfast and optional excursions.
Journey back in time with a visit to the island of Nólsoy where you will also find a large colony of storm petrels.
A hike to Borðan and the lighthouse is also recommended.

Day 8
Breakfast.
Drop your rental car off at the airport and return flights to Edinburgh.
Leave with memories of a lifetime.

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

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
£1325 per person

Price includes
Return flights from the UK to Vagar
Car rental for the period of your holiday
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
Excursions detailed in the itinerary

 

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.

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

These remotes islands are an incredible place to explore as they are home to unique natural environments, a long deep history and a rich cultural life. The everchanging weather conditions with rain, mist, warmth and sunshine make for breath-taking photo opportunities, and encounters with hospitable locals is an essential part of any small-destination experience. There are birds and sheep, unspoiled nature and remote tiny villages. There is tranquillity, only interrupted by surging waterfalls and rolling surf.

Renting a car gives you the opportunity to reach nearly all areas of the Faroe Islands. A car gives you the ability to travel at your own pace and stop at the viewpoints that appeal to you, especially as the weather can be radically different from one place to another, from day to day – this is the north Atlantic! 

On the Faroe Islands, you will find the smallest and cosiest capital in the world, Tórshavn. The hotels are comfortable and the restaurants take you on a north Atlantic culinary adventure. Take a step back in time with a walk through the evocative and historic old part of town.

Myths and legends have formed an important part of the Faroese culture over the centuries. One of the most famous concerns Kópakonan (The Seal Woman), who is a 450kg statue standing on the Island of Kalsov. Annually, on the 12th night, seals would remove their furs and amuse themselves as human beings, dancing naked on the islands before returning to the sea the next day.

The highlights of this holiday
The scenery, the outdoor life and proximity of nature and of course the unique Faroese culture. Simply relax! 

Itinerary

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from Edinburgh to Vágar Airport.
Pick up your rental car and detailed map of the Faroe Islands.
Just around the corner is Hotel Vágar - you base for the first night.

Day 2
Breakfast.
A 45min drive to Vestmanna through a tunnel between the islands of Vágar and Streymoy.
A 2hr boat trip to the famous bird cliffs at Vestmanna is included – one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Faroe Islands.
Continue with a visit to the ancient Viking settlements in Kvivik and cross the Atlantic Bridge onto Eysturoy Island.
Here you will be able to see Slættaratindur, the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands, standing tall at 880m.
Depending on availability you will stay 2 nights in a superior room at Gjáargarður Guest House or a standard room at Hotel Runavik.
(Gjáargarður Guest House is a small popular property and is often fully booked many weeks and months in advance, in which case Hotel Runavik is a great alternative).

Day 3
Breakfast.
Visit to the northwest part of the islands. At Tjørnuvík you can enjoy the views, Viking remains and a relaxing walk along the beach.
Saksun is a village surrounded by steep mountains and a lagoon-like lake with sandy beach.
Old churches have been built in the smallest villages.

Day 4
Breakfast.
On the island of Eystuory, Oyndarfjørður are the Rolling Stones.
The Faroe Islands second sea tunnel, with impressive light architecture connects Eystuory with Borðoy.

Day 5
Breakfast and plenty of time to explore the northern islands.
Venture to Viðareiði, the northernmost village.
Climb to the peak of the world’s highest promontory, Enniberg, with surreal views over Fugloy, Svínoy, Borðoy and Kunoy.
From here you can visit Kalsoy and learn more about the legend of the Seal Woman.

Day 6
Breakfast before driving to Tórshavn.
The old town is home to the world’s oldest parliament, Tinganes. Other attractions include: the ancient cultural centre of the Faroe Islands at Kirkjubøur; Ólav’s church, the oldest on the Faroe Islands; the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral.
Afternoon check in at Hotel Hafnia.

Day 7
Breakfast and optional excursions.
Journey back in time with a visit to the island of Nólsoy where you will also find a large colony of storm petrels.
A hike to Borðan and the lighthouse is also recommended.

Day 8
Breakfast.
Drop your rental car off at the airport and return flights to Edinburgh.
Leave with memories of a lifetime.

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

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
£1325 per person

Price includes
Return flights from the UK to Vagar
Car rental for the period of your holiday
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
Excursions detailed in the itinerary

 

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.

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.