A walking and exploring holiday in the Faroe Islands
This summer walking holiday in the remote Faroe Islands is really something special. A little over 400 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, these islands have long been admired for their unspoiled natural beauty. Recently named by the National Geographic as the 'number 1 best trip to take this year', the Faroe Islands certainly live up to their reputation. The miles of rugged coastline, colourful fishing villages, amazing bird-life and vivid wild flowers combine to provide a distinctive and unforgettable 'great outdoors' experience. The location of the islands make them a stopping off point for many species of migratory birds and a breeding ground for others. Standing out amongst these is everybody's favourite, the puffin. During the summer, the days are long and our 1-week walking holiday gives us ample opportunity to explore several key locations on no fewer than 6 of the Faroe Islands. We enjoy 6 days of easy walking and exploration amongst some of Europe's most amazing landscapes. After a first night at our hotel on the island of Vagar, we start out with a boat trip to the small island of Mykines, home to thousands of puffins. Travelling by boat is a way of life for the Faroese and our short inter-island hop (to Mykines) gives us an insight into the history and culture of this far-flung archipelago. As a part of our exploration, we spend time in several coastal settlements where some of the brightly painted houses retain their traditional Faroese turf-clad roofs. After a second hike on Vagar, to the picturesque village of Gasadalur, we drive to the small port of Runavik on the island of Eysturoy. Here, we have a short and scenic walk, coast to coast across a narrow neck of the island, before travelling westwards to Klaksvik on the island of Bordoy. We spend 2 nights here and enjoy 2 further exhilarating hikes, one of them on the adjacent island of Vidoy. Returning to the Faroese capital of Torshavn, we have time for a final walk and for some souvenir shopping, before saying goodbye to these magical islands.