Faroe Islands - Winter Hidden Gem of the North Atlantic

Explore these beautiful islands with their steep coastal cliffs shrouded in winter mist and mystery, dramatic fjords and quaint little villages.

Season:01 October - 26 April
Duration:4 Days/3 Nights
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Faroe Islands - Winter Hidden Gem of the North Atlantic

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  • Fri

Children rate

Infants 0 -1 year are free of charge.

Children 2 -11 years sharing a double room with 2 adults will receive 25% discount from the listed price.

Far out in the remote North Atlantic are a group of magical islands that few know about, the Faroe Islands. Explore these beautiful islands with their steep coastal cliffs shrouded in winter mist and mystery, dramatic fjords and quaint little villages where the pace of life is as easy and laid back as the people.  But there's so much more to the Faroe Islands than the dramatic rugged scenery.  Here lives a community with a rich cultural heritage stretching back to the Viking Age, and it’s waiting for your discovery.

 

Winter in the Faroes-  A Unique and Mystical Experience

Like Iceland, the weather in the winter changes frequently and is often windy, but the climate is quite moderate considering the northern latitude.  Average winter temperatures range from 5°C to 3°C (43°F to 37°F).   Winter is a time of dramatic scenery where light and shadows bring out magical shapes in cliffs and fjords, a treat for photographers.  The powerful waves thundering on the volcanic shores are magnificent.    When snow falls, it gives a fairy-tale appearance to the historical buildings with grass roofs.    Traveling among the islands in the winter lets you experience a special, almost mystical, silence.  Oftentimes the only sounds you‘ll hear are from waves and seabirds, an ideal yet dramatic setting for personal downtime from your hectic daily life.

Winter in the Faroes is also one of the best times to meet locals.  There is a cosy atmosphere to the friendly pubs and restaurants in Torshavn.  Enjoy opportunities to take in the unique musical scene, delicious dining and a variety of cultural activities.

Highlights:

  • Take in spectacular views of islands, fjords and the North Atlantic ocean
  • Experience the rugged beauty and charming villages of the Northern Islands
  • Enjoy Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands’ colourful and historic capital city
  • Visit several islands, each with its own distinct landscape and history

Important:

  • Departures are on Fridays
  • Atlantic Airways flights to the Faroe Islands depart from different locations in Iceland during the winter:

October:  Departures are from Reykjavík Domestic Airport

November – April:  Departures are from Keflavík International Airport

  • Luggage porter service is not available at Faroese hotels. Participants should pack light. A good rule of  thumb is to bring no more than what you can comfortably carry between the airport taxi and your hotel room.
  • Package is not available on 21 December,  28 December 2018  & 19 April 2019

Included

  • Round-trip Flight from  Reykjavik Airport* or Keflavik Airport* to Vagar airport (Faroe Islands)
  • All airport taxes
  • Round-trip unguided airport taxi transfer
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Torshavn
  • Guided bus tour to Esturoy Island  (Day 2)
  • Guided day trip to the Northern Islands and Klaksvik  (day 3)

*Important:  Atlantic Airways flights to the Faroe Islands depart from different locations in Iceland during the winter:

  • October:  Departures are from Reykjavík Domestic Airport
  • November – April:  Departures are from Keflavík International Airport

 

Not included:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Lunches, dinners, beverages and refreshments
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Accommodation in Iceland
  • Airport/hotel transfers in Iceland
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
 
 

DAY 1 Friday: Reykjavík/Keflavík Airport - Vagar airport - Torshavn

On your own, transfer to your departure airport in Iceland for your morning flight on Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands.  Please check your confirmation from us to see which airport will be used. 

 

October:  Flights depart from Reykjavík Domestic airport.  Airport/hotel transfer is not included but cabs are plentiful, generally a 5 – 10 minute ride from most city hotels.

 

November- April:  Flights depart from Keflavík International Airport, about a 45 drive from Reykjavík.  Transfers are not included, but we recommend the convenient and easy FlyBus transfer service.  We are happy to book a transfer ticket for you.   

 

After a short flight, you will arrive at Vagar airport.  Board an airport taxi (included) where you be taken to the capital city of Tórshavn on the Streymoy Island (45 minutes’ drive) and to your hotel.  The rest of the day is open for your own activities. Use the opportunity to explore the old part of Torshavn and its charming houses, some with traditional grass roofs. There are several good restaurants, café shops, bars and night clubs. Overnight in Torshavn (next three nights)

 
 

DAY 2: Saturday: Southern Eysturoy Island

Island of Mountain Peaks - Windmills and spectacular views -  Historical Sagas village

Breakfast at your hotel.  Enjoy some free time to relax and take in more of Torshavn and have lunch on your own.  Meet the guide in the early afternoon (around 13:00/1:00pm) for a bus tour to one of the ruggedly-beautiful Eysturoy.  This island alone has 66 separate mountain peaks, including the highest mountain in the archipelago.  Start with a drive from Torshavn, making some photo stops on the way. Pass by the old whaling station at Air before crossing the sea bridge over to Eysturoy. 

 

Travel across beautiful landscapes to Toftir village, where you can see the fantastic Fridrik’s Church. From there, drive on to an area of windmills where you can get a spectacular view of the region.   Next is a visit to the old village Gota (population: 567).  This community with its beautiful old buildings is important to the history of the country.  In addition, a famous character from one the Icelandic sagas, the Faeringa Saga, came from here.  Return to Torshavn, arriving around 18:00 (6:00pm).  Dinner is on your own.

 

Optional Activity (must be booked in advance):

Evening Home Visit with a local family (ask your Iceland Travel representative for price)

This evening you’ll have the opportunity to visit a Faroese family at their house for a cup of coffee and pastries and a chance to chat about life in the Faroe Islands.   Experience the ambience and cosiness of a Faroese home and enjoy your hosts’ stories.  It is also possible to arrange to have dinner with a family.  (Please ask for price quote).  Note: Transfers are not included, but the family home is within walking distance

 
 

Day 3: Sunday –Streymoy Island and North Islands

Rugged Northern Islands - Amazing ocean views - Bustling fishing town - Troll Sea Stacks

Breakfast at your hotel and 9:00 (9:00am) departure for your tour.  Today you’ll get a great overview of the Norðoyar, the islands that make up the rugged northern half of the Faroese archipelago.  You’ll also enjoy exploring more of Streymoy Island.  Start with a visit to the old peasant village Saksun, located in Streymoy’s northwest corner.  You can see examples of ancient stone and wood buildings with grass roofs that are a trademark of the Faroe Islands.  

Continue your island journey, heading across islands via cleverly built bridges and tunnels, and enjoying the amazing island views.  Head to Viðareiði located on Viðoy Island.  This is the northernmost settlement in the Faroe Islands, and on a clear day it has lovely views over the area.  Continue on to Klaksvik, the second largest community in the Faroes, and its bustling fishing capital.   The island is known for its beautiful Christianskirkja, a modern church built in the Old Norse style.  After some time to visit the town, head back to Streymoy for the final stop, Tjornuvik village. From here you can enjoy the view of Risan and Kellingin sea stacks.  Legend says they were once trolls frozen at sea by the view of the rising sun.

Return to Torshavn around 16:00 (4:00pm).  Dinner and the rest of the evening is on your own.

Overnight in Torshavn

 
 

Day 4: Monday- Return to Iceland

Free Time to Enjoy Torshavn -  Flight back to Iceland

Breakfast at your hotel.  The morning is open to enjoy on your own in Torshavn.  Transfer by shuttle taxi from your hotel to Vagar airport at 1400 (2:00pm from Vagar airport for late afternoon flight, arriving in Iceland (Reykjavik airport or Keflavik airport) around 18:00 (6:00pm).  The tour ends at the airport in Iceland

October:  Your Atlantic Airways flight will arrive at Reykjavik Domestic airport.  Airport/hotel transfer is not included but cabs are plentiful, generally a 5 – 10 minute ride from most city hotels.

 

November- April:  Your Atlantic Airways flight will arrive at Keflavik International Airport, about a 45 drive from Reykjavík.  If you are staying afterwards in Reykjavik, airport/hotel transfers are not included, but we recommend the convenient and easy FlyBus transfer service.   We are happy to book a transfer ticket for you.  

 
 

Tour Availability

  • Fri

Children rate

Infants 0 -1 year are free of charge.

Children 2 -11 years sharing a double room with 2 adults will receive 25% discount from the listed price.

 

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