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About Torshavn

Take a deep breath and savour that fresh sea air as you reach the untamed natural beauty of the Faroes. Situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, with Iceland on one side and Norway on the other, this group of islands offer steep mountains, idyllic villages and a unique light.

Torshavn, meaning 'Thor's Harbour', is the capital of the Faroe Islands and one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Its enchanting, centuries old harbourside village is largely preserved intact. One of the most distinguishing features here is the colourful individualism of its houses, with their mix of painted and grass roofs. The most famous of these is Nordic House, with contours that bland into the landscape, it is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Scandinavia.

Warm, friendly people and an interesting culture make it a delight to explore. Its active music scene and traditional cuisine are some of the quirks you might sample.

 

Shore excursions in Torshavn

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.

Faroe Islands Schooner Sail

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy the nature and scenery of the Faroe Islands as you surge through crest-blown waves on an impressive Schooner.

A warm welcome awaits you from the Captain as you board your twin-masted, restored schooner, Norðlýsið (Northern Lights). After a safety briefing, you’ll set off on your sailing adventure along the rugged coastline.

Look out for the multitude of seabirds such as fulmars and gannets, which you are likely to encounter during your journey and as you sail alongside Nolsoy Island you may be treated to scenes of darting puffins.

Breathe in the fresh sea air as you admire the dramatic scenery of rising sea cliffs, some of which rise 1150 feet out of the sea.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by schooner. This tour is weather dependent and may have to be cancelled at the last minute should conditions be unfavourable. Warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, binoculars and bottled water are highly recommended. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. There is a short coach transfer to join the schooner. There are 6 steps to access the toilets.

Fjord and Sea Safari by RIB

Activity high

Duration: 1½ hours

Experience the scenic delights of the Faroe Islands on an exhilarating RIB ride.

Combine the untamed natural beauty of the Faroe Islands coastline with the excitement of a thrilling RIB ride. On arrival at your RIB, you’ll receive an orientation and safety briefing before being kitted out with a survival suit and lifejacket.

Begin your adventure with an exhilarating ride out into the dazzling waters where your experienced Captain will engage in a series of manoeuvres to demonstrate the RIB's capabilities before cruising at speeds of up to 50 knots over the open water.

Absorb the scenic coastline with its high sea cliffs as you speed through the stunning fjords. Weather permitting your RIB will weave into some of the hidden grottoes and between the freestanding cliffs and rocks. These stunning rocks rise over 1,800 feet above the waves and you may be able to spot some of the 40 breeding species of sea birds that live here.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by rigid inflatable boat. The RIB ride lasts approximately 1 hour. This excursion is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. Survival suits and lifejackets are provided and must be worn. Passengers should wear warm, layered clothing and flat footwear. The outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Gloves, a warm hat and a scarf are also recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Island of Vágar

Activity low

Duration: 3¾ hours

Enjoy a panoramic drive around the lovely, traditional villages of picturesque Vágar Island.

Travel north from Tórshavn through an undersea tunnel to the scenic island of Vágar. Vágar Island has 3 large villages (Miðvágur, Sandavágur, Sørvágur) and 3 small ones (Bøur Gásadalur, Vatnsoyrar). Immerse yourself in culture and scenery as you visit some of these delightful villages.

Your first stop is at Sandavágur, a well-kept historic village where excavations have uncovered ruins from the Middle Ages. Visit the distinctive red-roofed Sandavágur Church where the Sandavágur stone, a 13th century runestone with a runic description is displayed. Afterwards, your scenic drive continues past the villages of Sørvágur, and Vatnsoyrar, a new village founded in 1921. It is the only village in the archipelago that is not on the coast, and it sits alongside the large lake of Sørvagsvatn.

You’ll soon arrive at Bøur, an old fishing village, which is considered to be one of the oldest villages in the Faroes; the views out to sea are among the most beautiful in the Faroe Islands. Follow your guide as they lead you on an optional walking tour of Bøur. Admire the magnificent view over the sea and the rocky islet Tindholmur with its many peaks. The village has charming old wooden houses and a traditional old tar-blackened church from 1865. Your final visit is at Gásadalur, a remote village with less than 20 inhabitants. It lies on the edge of the Mykines Fjord and is accessed through a mountain tunnel.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes some optional guided walks, over some slight inclines and gravelled ground.

Sagas and Legends

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Delve deeper to discover a country with its own language, its own history, and its own distinctive culture.

Embark on a journey to the Island of Eysturoy, past the small village of Eiði to a viewpoint overlooking Eiðiskollur, a 1125 foot high sea cliff. A stop here will provide beautiful vistas over the sea, surrounding islands and the 2 distinctive sea stacks, known as ‘The Giant and the Hag’. Hear about the old legend which relates to the origin of these large stacks which rise 246 foot from the sea.

Crossing over the mountains, you’ll arrive at a stop overlooking the town of Funningur. Tradition says that the first Vikings on the island settled here. Look out for the quaint wooden turf-roofed Funningur Church which stands at the water's edge and dates back to 1847.

Continue on to the historic area of Gøta, home to Tróndur í Gøtu, a heathen Viking-chief who once ruled all of the islands. A visit to the Gøta Museum will provide a unique insight into the culture and way of life in the Faroes in past centuries. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to see a complete, old, Faroese village community complete with old farmer's cottages, fisherman's cottages and an ancient church.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot . There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour over mainly flat and gravelled ground.

Scenic Faroes and Pancakes

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

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

Embark on a scenic northerly drive, passing idyllic villages and the old whaling station at Áir, before crossing ‘the only bridge over the Atlantic’ to Eysturoy – the 2nd largest island in the Faroes. Pass the village of Eiði and look out for the 2 distinctive rock formations rising from the sea, the Giant and the Hag, before continuing past Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, to the village of Gjógv.

Gjógv, named after its 650 foot long sea-filled gorge, 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 guesthouse. 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.

Taking the mountain road back to Tórshavn, you’ll stop at a viewpoint overlooking the capital for the chance to photograph the surrounding panorama.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Most of the sights are seen from the comfort of the 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.

 

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