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About Klasvik

You can't beat the Faroe Islands for fresh air, lofty mountains, mirrored lakes and rolling views. Here in the north, through brilliant sunshine or misty fog, climb the ancient paths to admire the deepest valleys and steepest peaks.

 

Klaksvik is the Faroe's second largest town - a thriving fishing port and natural inlet, guarded by the towering pyramid mountain of Kunoy.

 

To the sound of seabirds, take a hike to Úti í Grøv, a peaceful spot where two streams carve through the valley, meeting en route to the sea. For a glimpse of the past as you descend, visit the remains of an old Viking house.

 

Back in the town, enjoy a vibrant music scene, world class beer and amazing seafood. For quirky architecture visit Christianskirkjan, a modern church built in traditional Norse style designed by Danish architect Peter Koch. Dedicated to the sailors who lost their lives in the Second World War, there is an eight-man rowing boat hanging from the beams.  

 

Shore excursions in Klasvik

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Countryside of Eysturoy

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

A fascinating half day spent exploring the endless beauty, the rich history and the lives of the Faroese people on the 2nd largest island, Eysturoy.

Departing from the port, you’ll be driven up to a viewpoint overlooking Klaksvik, its harbour and beyond. Then it’s off through the impressive 3½ mile undersea tunnel to the Faroe’s 2nd largest island, Eysturoy. Here, you’ll find 3 neighbouring villages which together make up an area known as Gøta, sitting at the head of a broad fjord. This was where the famous defender of Viking tradition and chieftain, Tróndur í Gøtu resided. You’ll visit the ruins of his farm and the fascinating museum Blásastova, actually a traditional Faroese wooden-walled and turf-roofed village, complete with old farmsteads, fishermen’s cottages and church. The main part of the museum is housed in an authentic Faroese farmhouse, so you’ll really get to experience what life was like.

The Faroese have a saying: ‘necessity teaches the naked woman to spin and weave’. So, in a country lashed by North Atlantic storms and where people are outnumbered 2 to 1 by sheep, small wonder she decided to spin and weave with warm, water-resistant, wool. A highlight of your tour will be a visit to Toftir to visit Navia, a family business making the famous Faroese (often misnamed Icelandic), sweaters and knitwear. After a brief introduction, you’ll have some free time to admire the craftsmanship and perhaps indulge in a spot of shopping.

Before heading back to the ship, take in one last powerful vista during a photo stop overlooking the village of Fuglafjord, meaning ‘fjord of birds’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour.

Klaksvik Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

This is a journey that’s all about drama – sensational views of beautiful landscape steeped in thrilling Viking legend and lore.

Your leisurely drive will begin with a journey through the impressive 3½ mile long undersea tunnel connecting Klaksvik to the island of Esturouy. You’ll then drive north along the glorious Skala fjord, the largest fjord in the Faroe Islands, heading for the village of Eidi.

Have your camera at the ready as a stop is made at a viewpoint to allow you to capture the magnificent views across the fjord. Your next stop offers a breathtaking view over the Giant and the Hag, 2 distinctive sea stacks. Legend has it that these figures were sent by night to drag the Faroe Islands to Iceland. Their attempt failed and, as they were children of the dark, the daylight transformed them forever into rocks.

Prepare to be impressed as you drive through the island’s highest mountain pass, past Mount Slættaratindur; the roof of the Faroes at 2,900 feet to make one final panoramic photo stop overlooking the village of Funningur. This compact cluster of houses, nestled on the shores of a jaw-droppingly dramatic fjord, is believed to be the site of the Faroe’s first settlement. Tradition has it that Grimur Kamban, was the first Viking to settle here, while others say, actually, Irish monks arrived much earlier. Whichever is true, you’ll understand why anyone would choose to live in such a unique and beautiful setting.

Essential information

This excursion will operate coach and on foot. The majority of sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach.

Scenic Faroes and Pancakes

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Faroe Islands, before stopping at a quaint fishing village to sample some tasty pancakes.

Your scenic drive takes you through the impressive 3½ mile long undersea tunnel which connects Klaksvik to the island of Esturouy, before continuing north along the Skala fjord, passing idyllic villages. Pause to capture photos at a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the charming village of Eidi.

Have your camera at the ready as a photo stop is made offering a breathtaking view over the Giant and the Hag, 2 distinctive sea stacks. Legend has it that these figures were sent by night to drag the Faroe Islands to Iceland. Their attempt failed and, as they were children of the dark, the daylight transformed them forever into rocks.

Continue through the island’s highest mountain pass, past mount Slættaratindur; the roof of the Faroes at 2,900 feet to explore the magical village of Gjogv. Named after its 650 foot long sea-filled gorge, Gjogv provides a marvellous natural harbour for the local fishing fleet to shelter in. Enjoy refreshments of traditional pancakes, served with coffee and tea at a local guest house. After your refreshments, you’ll have the chance to sit back and relax in the warm, or wander through the pretty little fishing village to admire the gorge.

Returning to Klaksvik, you’ll make one final panoramic photo stop overlooking the village of Funningur, a compact cluster of houses nestled on the shores of a jaw-droppingly dramatic fjord. Legend has it that the first man to settle in the Faroes lived here.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Most of the sights are seen from the comfort of your coach; however there is an approximate 5-10 minute walk to reach the refreshment venue. There will be around 45 minutes of free time to explore Gjógv at your own leisure; therefore the amount of walking is at your discretion.

Torshvan Highlights

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Torshavn may be one of the world’s smallest capitals, but it’s big on history and fascination.

Sit back and relax on board your coach as a scenic journey takes you to Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.

Upon arrival, a stop will be made at a panoramic viewpoint offering a spectacular view over Torshavn.

You’ll then drive through the modern part of the city to visit the delightful Nordic House Cultural Centre. It’s a wonder of modern architecture, designed by Norwegian architect Ola Steen, combining traditional and contemporary features; dragon-like steel struts, organic interior spaces and a turf-covered roof.

Afterwards, step back in time as you explore the old quarter of Torshavn, Tinganes. As far back as the 9th century, every year on the 29th July, St Olav’s Wake, the Vikings would meet to talk and trade, on the rocky promontory here. This annual gathering was called a ‘Thing’ and you can still see the Viking carvings in the rocks. Today you’ll find government buildings and modest turf-roofed wooden houses here. Join your guide for a leisurely walk through the tangle of narrow lanes, past tiny black-tarred houses with white windows and green-turfed roofs. As your guide enlightens you on the history of the area, you’ll discover that Tinganes miraculously avoided destruction by fire to retain its 1,000 year old charm, making it unique, not only in the Faroes, but in the world.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking required on this tour. The journey to Torshavn is approximately 1½ hours each way.

Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

A highlight of any visit to the Faroe Islands, is a boat trip to the bird cliffs and grottos.

Embark on a scenic drive to the village of Vestmanna, where you’ll board a boat and head out to the famous Vestmanna Sea cliffs.

All your senses will awaken with the sound of sea birds, the salty scent of the sea and its cool spray on your face. Admire the stunning weather-beaten cliff formations and the raucous riot of squawking birds who call the sea cliffs home. You'll cruise along the cliff wall, into a narrow gorge where sheer craggy rock faces rise vertically on both sides, towards the sky. The boat will slowly enter one of the many grottoes, and for a moment daylight disappears. Darkness and the sound of dripping water surrounds you and then, you emerge on the other side. The boat stops for a while so you can capture the stunning scenery on camera.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. Passengers are advised to wear warm layered clothing and a rain proof jacket, in case of inclement weather. Helmets will be provided for passengers to wear whilst inside the grotto.

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