FAROE ISLANDS TOURS – TRAVEL TO FAROE ISLANDS
WELCOME TO THE FAROE ISLANDS, TÓRSHAVN – THE CAPITAL
- flight to the Faroe Islands with a stopover in Copenhagen
- bus transfer to Tórshavn – the capital of the Faroe Islands
- accommodation in a hotel
- guided tour in Tórshavn
– walking tour of the historic districts – Tinganes and Reyn
– Vágsbotn port
– Tórshavn Cathedral – Havnar Kirkja
– The main square with the Town Hall and the Faroese parliament
- return to the hotel
Hotel with a view of the sea
Lunch at the Kastrup airport
Dinner in the green Old Town
Archipelago of 18 volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean located between Great Britain, Iceland and Norway. Faroe Islands are a dependent territory of the Danish Realm. There are 50 thousand Faroe Islanders and over 75 thousand sheep living on 17 islands. The eighteenth island – Litla Dimun – is not inhabited what is not surprising if we look at its shape.
Tórshavn – the capital of the Faroe Islands and the biggest city of the archipelago. The city is located on the island Streymoy which is the largest of all 18 islands. It is inhabited by over 12 thousand people. The whole ‘agglomeration’ numbers 19 thousand inhabitants what is nearly half of the entire population. Torshavns name means the Port of Thor – the Nordic god of storm and lightning. Considering very ‘dynamic’ weather prevailing at the islands the name have its justification…
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traditional, strong liquor used by Faroe Islanders to welcome their guests
photo: Visit Faroe Islands
Tinganes is called the Green Old Town because of traditional grass-covered roofs. It is the oldest district of the city and the cradle of statehood of the Faroe Islands. It was here that the assemblies of all free citizens of the islands known as the Althing were held. During the Althing political debates were conducted, disputes were resolved, future targets were planned and penalties were determined. Deliberations took place in the open air as evidenced by drawings carved on the bedrock. The district has not lost its importance – the Prime Minister office is situated here.
KIRKJUBØUR AND NÓLSOY
- a two-hour walking tour to Kirkjubøur village
– view of Tórshavn and the surrounding islands (Nólsoy, Sandoy, Hestur, Koltur)
– ‘Chair of speakers’
– Magnus Cathedral and St. Olaf Church
- return trip to Tórshavn (walking trip or bus)
- cruise to the Nólsoy Island
- guided tour in the town, sightseeing of the church and the port
- stroll to the cliffs
- bird colonies
- return to the hotel in Tórshavn
Lunch – Faroese specialties in Kirkjubøur
Dinner – Faroese beer and snacks in Nólsoy
Small village nowadays but in the Middle Ages it was a big community and an important port. Today it is famous for the oldest inhabited, wooden house in the world dating back to eleventh century named Kirkjubøargarður. The twelfth-century St. Olaf Church and Magnus Cathedral from about year 1300 are also noteworthy. Kirkjubøur is the birthplace and home of many famous Faroese people.
NÓLSOY – ISLAND OF BIRDS
Nólsoy is commonly called the island of birds. Rich in plankton and full of fish waters surroundings Faroe Islands are a paradise for birds as well as their lovers. In particular two islands – Nólsoy and Mykines are inhabited by various species of birds. It is estimated that 3.5 million birds live on the islands. 40 species nest here permanently, 30 less regularly and about 200 visiting islands during spring and autumn migrations. The world’s largest colonies of puffins and storm petrels may be seen here. Many species permanently residing on the islands have developed its endemic varieties. Most of the bird nests rea located on the cliffs.
THE CHAIR OF SPEAKERS
‘The chair of speakers’ is made of stone. This is a place of patriotic and religious meetings of Faroe Islanders.
Cruise to the Nólsoy Island
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CLIFFS NEAR VESTMANNA
- bus transfer to Vestmanna
- cruise to the cliffs and the caves of the north part of Streymoy and Vagar islands
- return cruise to Vestmanna
- late lunch
- return by bus to Tórshavn
- leisure time
- return to the hotel
Lunch at Vestmanna – seafood
Dinner in Tórshavn – fish dishes
photo: Kimberley Coole / Visit Faroe Islands
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The highest sea cliffs in Europe are located on the Faroe Islands. The highest cliff is Enniberg Cape (745 m) on the Vidoy island.
photo: photo: Visit Faroe Islands Absalon Hansen / Visit Faroe Islands
Cruise to the cliffs and the caves of the north part of Streymoy and Vagar islands
Pilot whales are easy to be spotted off the coast of the Faroe Islands. They are often mistaken for true whales. They belong to the species of ocean dolphins which are members of cetacean family. These beautiful ocean mammals often lose their orientation in coastal waters what leads to dramatic and mysterious tragedies reminding collective suicides taking place on beaches. Traditional whaling deeply rooted in the local culture evokes protests and controversy. Objectively it should be admitted that population of pilot whales is so large that such a small nation as Faroe Islanders is not able to threaten it.
- transfer by bus to Klaksvík on the Bordoy Island
- cruise to the Kalsoy Island
- transfer to Trøllaness village
– sightseeing of Trøllaness
– a visit to the smithy
– hike to the Kallur lighthouse
- transfer to Mikladalur village
– sightseeing of Mikladalur – a legend about a woman-seal
- transfer to Húsar
- return cruise to Klaksvík
- tour of the town
- return to a hotel in Tórshavn
Lunch in Húsar – Faroese meat or fish specialties
Dinner in Klaksvík – Faroese regional cuisine
The biggest town on the Borðoy Island and the second (apart of the capital) biggest town in the Faroe Islands. This is the main fishing port and the fish processing centre.
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The Faroe Islanders are big fans of football. Matches of the Faroese national football team – great pride of each Faroe Islander are almost like National Day. Even the smallest village has own football pitch.
photo: Ólavur Frederiksen & Visit Faroe Islands
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Roots of the Faroe Islanders run deep in time to the Normans i.e. Norwegian Vikings. Faroese is one of the oldest European contemporary language which remain almost unchanged since the Viking era. Exhaustive denationalization by the Danish authorities that took place during the Reformation made the Faroese language survived in numerous dialects. As a result, even the smallest villages speak their own, specific dialect.
Cruise to the Kalsoy Island
The island in probably the most unusual shape resembling a comb with steep slopes emerging directly from the sea. It is inhabited by about 140 Faroe Islanders in 4 villages spread over the narrow shelves of the eastern shore. In the 80ies villages have been connected by a road that one-third run in the underground tunnels. The gigantic cost of building tunnels for such a small group of residents caused numerous controversies.
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ÓLAVSØKA (ST. OLAF’S DAY)
National holiday uproariously and merrily celebrated on the Faroe Islands. During the holiday it is possible to see the Faroese national dance which roots date back to the Middle Ages. The chain of people holding hands and dancing round and round in the rhythm of songs sung by a conductor and choruses replied by other participants. The oldest songs date back to the Viking era.
photo: Lars Mohr Nielsen
THE LEGEND OF SELKIE FROM MIKLADALUR
Old Faroese legends claim that in the night before the Epiphany seals leave the sea and take off their sealskin then they dance on the shore. Selkies must put their sealskin on again to be able to return to the sea before dawn. But one night a farmer from Mikladalur stole the sealskin of one of the beautiful women-seals making it impossible for her to return to her seal family. He locked the sealskin up in a chest and always wore a key on a ribbon around his neck. The woman-seal became his wife, they lived together for many years and even had children. One day the farmer went to sea and forgot the key. When he returned, his wife was not at home. Later she appeared in farmer’s dream the night before the traditional seal hunting. She begged him not to kill the guardian of the cliff – her seal husband and her children – baby seals. The farmer did not listen to her begging and what’s more killed cruelly the whole seal family in revenge of her escape. The woman cast a spell that said that so many men would drown falling from the cliff as how many men holding hands were needed to ‘embrace’ the whole Kalsoy Island. The curse of the Selkie is treated very seriously among the Faroese until now. Furthermore the descendants of Selkie and the farmer from Mikladalur still may be found on the islands. You can recognize them because of their short fingers… In Mikladalur we will see the chest where the sealskin was kept and the place where Selkie was dancing years ago…
GOODBYE TO THE FAROE ISLANDS
- transit to the Vágar airport
- flight to Poland with a stopover in Copenhagen
from 1240 € per person*
*for 20-person group. The price includes return flight from Warsaw to Vágar, transfers, cruises, admissions to attractions, guide assistance, 4 nights in a double room at the hotel in Tórshavn, breakfasts. The price does not include other meals.
The programme is addressed to groups from 10 to 60 people
- ferry or ship cruise
- horse riding
- bus transfer
- canoeing rally
- attractions for kids
- amusement park
- workshop or team building
- bike trips
- swimming pool
- walking tour
- nature study
- narrow-gauge railway
- adventure park
- bungee jumping
- shotting range or paintball