Top attractions in the Faroe Islands
Vestmanna Bird Cliffs; The rich bird life, exquisite cliffs and deep caves are, among others, what makes Vestmanna bird cliffs to one of the most popular attractions in the Faroe Islands. Sightseeing boats leave from Vestmanna and sails to Seyðskorargjógv, from where they are sailing at reduced speed in between the freestanding rocks, into the caves and close to the around 600 m high cliff sides, where the many seabirds are nesting, among others puffin, cormorant and fulmar. The sound of the seabirds, the whisper of the sea, the freestanding rocks and the interaction between the many colours, makes the trip an experience that you will never forget! The tour is about two hours and will sail until late into the evening in the summer season.
Mykines: Mykines, the westernmost island on the Faroes Islands. However, this is not what it is best known for. Here can namely be found a true seabird paradise, which in the summer season attracts thousands of migratory birds. Here you can get quite close to the puffin, which with its colourful, famous beak is considered among the most popular subjects for photography.
Not only the famous bird life is an attraction at Mykines. There are also good opportunities for hiking, among others to Mykineshólmur which is the islet west of Mykines. The tour crosses over a deep gorge via a footbridge of about 40 m, which connects the islet with the mainland. The islet is also, as the only place in the Faroe Islands, home to a small colony of gannets.
The free-standing cliffs surrounding the lighthouse, along with the rich bird life is almost a must to experience on your trip to the Faroe Islands
Saksun: Saksun is by many described as the most beautiful place in the Faroe Islands, and is a favourite destination with its large sandy beach, the beautiful location, the museum and the old church. The exquisite view from the church across the lagoon and the many houses with grass-covered roofs, are among the most popular photo motifs .
Saksun, with its small houses and four farms, is located in the valley ‘Saksunardalur’, which extends from Hvalvík and Streymnes and out to sea on the west side.
At low tide it is possible to hike the 2-3 km towards the Atlantic Ocean, following an old stone path on the south side of the sand-covered fjord. However, one must be aware of the high and low tide, since it is only possible to walk on the sand for two hours before and after the tide is at the lowest.
The now protected farmhouse, Dúvugardar from the 1600s, is today a museum that shows the everyday life of the Faroese farmers in the 1820’s. The museum is open to visitors in the summer and by appointment.
Gjógv: Gjógv is known for its magnificent nature, with the popular natural harbour, which the hamlet is also named after. The number of residents is limited – only 31 people live in Gjógv (2015), but the hamlet is a popular tourist destination, both because of its location and charm, particularly the picturesque houses, the beautiful scenery and landing, which is protected in a ravine, the Faroese natural harbour (Gjógv). The landing was the lifeline of the hamlet until 1960 when the road was built.
There is also a visit to the cosy guest house, Gjáargardur where lunch can be enjoyed .
Gjógv also offers excellent hiking. Especially the trip to Ambadalur is very popular, where an absolutely stunning view of the highest free-standing cliff on the Faroe Islands, Brúgvin with its 188 m, can be enjoyed.
Gásadalur: The village Gásadalur is located on the west side of the island, Vágar. Gásadalur has an iconic Faroese landscape. It is surrounded by the highest mountains on Vágar. The mountain rises behind the village and in front, the water falls over the cliffs and directly into the sea. This waterfall is called Múlafossur. A steep flight of stairs are carved into the rocks, which leads down to the water at the landing. At sea level there are caves, which extends under the rocks.
Gásadalur is also a popular hiking destination. Especially the approximately 3.5 km long hike along the old path which the postman used twice a week, until the tunnel was built. The first part of the path runs along the edge of the cliff, from where you can enjoy the views of Sørvágsfjord, Tindhólm, Gásahólm and Mykines
Mikladalur: Is the largest village on the island Kalsoy, and is located on the east coast facing Kunoy. Mikladalur is especially known for the saga of the Seal Woman, who had to leave her children to get back to sea where she belonged. Down by the shore is erected a three-meter high windswept statue of the Seal Woman, amidst the crashing surf. Since 2014, when the statue, which is made of bronze, was erected, Mikladalur has been among the most popular sights in the Faroe Islands. Definitely worth a visit!
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