Faroe Islands

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Self guided cycling holiday in the Faroe Islands

Long empty roads that wind over distant hills with the backdrop of jagged mountains are a cyclist’s paradise. The Faroe Islands are just that and more. This week long cycling holiday in the Faroe Islands gives you time and space to enjoy the wild rugged scenery that the islands have to offer. On two wheels you feel the landscapes beneath you and spot wildlife that you may otherwise have missed. Enjoy a relaxed pace as you cycle across the archipelago exploring remote villages, distant islands and the buzzing Nordic city of Torshavn.

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

Arrival to Faroe Islands. Check into Hotel Vagar for two nights (only 500m away from the airport) where you'll also be kitted out with your bikes and gear.

Cycle along the shores of the fjord towards the villages Bøur and Gásadalur. When you get to Bøur, you will have an amazing view of the small islands Tindhólmur and Gáshólmur, as well as the popular bird island Mykines. In Gásadalur you will see the beautiful waterfall Múlafossur. Today's cycle route will be around 20 km.

DAY 2:

Cycle from the hotel towards Lake Sorvagsvatn. Enjoy a walk along the lake to the waterfall Bosdalafossur. The walk to the waterfall takes around one hour each way. Continue cycling to the village Sandavagur. Once in the village take the road that leads to the viewpoint, Trollkonufingur - meaning Trolls Finger. Today's cycle route will be around 23 km (15 miles).

DAY 3:

Today you'll check out of your hotel and take the public bus to Runavik. Due to a long sub-sea tunnel, it's not possible to cycle the route. We'll arrange a luggage and cycle transfer from Vágar to Runavík, where you'll check into Hotel Runavík for one night. Today's suggested route takes you first to Toftavatn, a beautiful mountain lake. You'll continue on a loop of the headland enjoying amazing views of Torshavn, Argir and the island of Nolsoy in front of you as you ride. You'll reach a narrow but picturesque lane called 'Agnid' which winds its way across the countryside around hairpin bends. Eventually you'll reach the village of Toftir with views to the village Strendur across the water. You'll return in the afternoon with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the town of Runavik. Today's cycle route will be around 10 km (7 miles).

DAY 4:

Take the public bus to Tórshavn. Change bus at the main terminal, and cycle or take a second bus to the ferry terminal in Gomlurætt. Take the ferry to the island Sandur. Cycle from Skopun to Skálavík. The tour will start out with a hill, so take it easy in the beginning. The countryside above the village is dotted with lovely mountain tarns. Once you reach the top it is downhill all the way through the valley of Traðardalur, along the Sandsvatn lake, to the village of Sandur. Cycle at the long hill on the other side of the village Sandur, and take the road that leads to Skálavík. This road is almost flat the whole way. The cycle tour is approximately 20 km today. If you prefer to extend the tour, you can cycle from the bus terminal in Tórshavn to the ferry terminal in Gomlurætt, this would be an extra 15km. Check into Hotel Skálavík for two nights.

DAY 5:

Sandoy is the fifth largest island of the Faroe Islands archipelago and derives its name from the vast beach at Sandur. Tiny villages are dotted amongst green terrain and steep cliffs offering peace and solitude that is perfect for exploring on two wheels. Today's ride is flexible so you can uncover the island at a pace to suit you. If you prefer a relatively flat tour, you can cycle from Skalavik to the deserted village to the south called Skarvanes. Until recently, Skarvanes was completely deserted, now inhabited by a pair of hardy individuals. From Skarvanes you'll enjoy a great view of the island Skuvoy. The cycling distance today is approximately 20km (15 miles). Another option is to cycle from Skalavik to Dalur (22km return). However, this tour is a lot more challenging since the road is steep and narrow. You'll be able to use our app to find hidden gems to visit on the island which include the ruins of a medieval farm, bird cliffs and a Faroese art gallery.

DAY 6:

Today you’ll cycle to Torshavn where you’ll spend the final two nights of the trip. Cycle from Skalavik to the ferry in Skopun. Once in Gomlurætt, cycle to Kirkjubøur, which is the cultural centre on the Faroe Islands. Here you can wander around the 900-year old farm Roykstovan and 700-year old church ruins. From Kirkjubøur you can cycle to your hotel in Torshavn. The route from Kirkjubøur to Tórshavn is green and beautiful and you will have a fantastic view of the islands Hestur, Koltur and Sandoy. Today's cycle ride will be approximately 40 km (25 miles).

Settle in to your comfortable hotel in Torshavn and enjoy some Faroese city life. Explore the local restaurants and bars using our recommendations found on your personalised travel app. Or enjoy some shopping and search for an iconic Faroese woollen jumper to bring home.

DAY 7:

Today is flexible for you to decide what you’d like to do. Our recommendation is to cycle from Tórshavn to Kollafjordur at the old mountain road Oyggjarvegurin. There is no traffic on this road since a tunnel has been built between the two places. It is therefore quiet and perfect as a cycling route. The route has steep ascents and descents, and a great view of the sound and fjord. You can cycle up to the mount Sornfelli, from where you have a view of most of the islands in the Faroe archipelago. You can choose to continue the tour to Kollafjordur, or after mount Sornfelli, you can cycle back to Tórshavn. Today’s cycle would therefore be around 34 - 40 km (21 - 25 miles) depending on the route you choose to take. Alternatively you can relax and enjoy the sights of Torshavn.

DAY 8:

Today it's time to depart the Faroe Islands. You can take the shuttle bus to the airport or we can arrange a private taxi for you (not included). You can also extend your trip with extra nights.

PRICE

From £1595 per person based on two guests travelling.

£1595.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,755 EUR | 2,089 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.

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Price Includes

  • Bicycle rental and local support
  • Seven night's accommodation in guesthouses or hotels including breakfast
  • Map and directions
  • Luggage transfers 
  • Airport transfer on final day


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your personalised travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration                

 

Price Excludes

  • Flights to the Faroe Islands
  • Meals other than breakfast 
  • Airport transfer on final day

 

Please note:
This tour requires a good fitness level and includes hilly terrain.  

Group discounts are available - please get in touch with our team to find out more.

Image credits: Adam Burton, Kimberley Coole, Martin Paldan, Visit Faroe Islands

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

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