Guesthouse & expedition sailboat
Adrift in the middle of the north Atlantic, a chain of islands forged by volcanic stone protrudes from the sea called the Faroe Islands. Molded by myths, folklore and crashing surf, the Faroe Islands consists of 18 mountainous islands that boast a stunning rugged coastline you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. You’ll be one of the few to walk among steep rocky headlands, hike through lush green valleys, cruise among towering volcanic fjords, and explore some of the most scenic hiking trails in the world—all while basking in the ancient stories of a culture deeply influenced by the power of the sea.
Known as the “Land of Maybe,” nothing is for certain in the Faroe Islands, including our day-to-day itinerary. Each day will unfold according to the current weather and state of the sea. To access the furthest reaches of this isolated archipelago, we’ve partnered with the schooner sailboat, Norðlýsið.
This one of a kind sail and hike itinerary promises an extraordinary perspective of the Faroe Islands. Soak in the grandeur of the land and sea while exploring offbeat trails otherwise inaccessible by land or by air.
Where every step on rugged trails and each ocean’s salty breath, propel our steps closer to the untamed heart of the Faroe Islands.
WHERE HIKING EMBRACES THE OCEAN
Join a group of 7-12 adventure seekers with whom you will share a trip of a lifetime. In the remote Faroe Islands, hiking is a captivating blend of challenge and reward. Amid mist-clad mountains, cascading waterfalls, and towering cliffs, intrepid adventurers conquer rugged terrain. With unpredictable weather and steep slopes, perseverance is key.
But with each demanding trail and every nautical journey, a symphony of panoramic vistas, solitude, and personal growth unfolds. The Faroe Islands offer an extraordinary and transformative experience for those who seek to explore untamed beauty, where hiking and sailing unite in a harmonious dance of awe-inspiring landscapes and boundless horizons.
I participated in the Faroe Islands hiking and sailing adventure in late June/early July. It was incredible! Albert and Monica were great tour guides. They were organized, welcoming, and supportive. And, they were amazing cooks! The sailing ship and crew were also great. It was a wonderfully unique adventure that gave you an appreciation of the Faroes.
I went on the AMAZING Faroe Islands hiking and sailing trip with Albert and Monica this summer and had an absolutely wonderful time. I’ve been an outdoor instructor for NOLS so I appreciate all the planning and logistics and leadership that goes into a trip like this and they really couldn’t be more wonderful. Great spirits, skill, sense of humor, patience and fun. You honestly will only be thrilled that you made a bucket list trip happen with these two.
Just returned home from the sailing & hiking expedition to the Faroe Islands (June-July 2022) with Monica & Albert; what a beautiful, body and soul nurturing adventure it was… From the first moment I started communicating with them through email, I knew this was going to be exceptional and that’s exactly how it turned out. They love what they do and it showed in every little detail throughout the whole trip. We enjoyed professional guidance, compassion and support during the -at times very challenging- hikes. Always ready to help or answer any question. Albert & Monica made the trip.
Trails meander through verdant valleys, traverse precipitous cliffs, and wind their way to secluded beaches.
Live aboard a 70 years old fishing vessel
Throughout the sailing days, our base of operation will be the Norðlýsið expedition sailboat, where the group will find rest in the shared cabin nestled beneath the deck.
The wind in your face, the sound of the waves breaking on the bow and the special steady movements of a wooden ship all give you a balance that goes beyond the legs and into your soul. Harnessing the power of the wind and leveraging our expertise in currents and breezes, we strive to provide our guests with the utmost comfort during their journey.
Who does not get goosebumps when the sails are set and the engine is powered off?
When we cook on board, we prefer to work from scratch with the best ingredients available – preferably Faroese. As a guest onboard you’ll participate according to your ability and desire, but always under the careful supervision of the crew & the guides.
And of course, get ready to enjoy the famous Norðlýsið OKKARA beer onboard!
Your guides will meet you at Vágar International Airport with transportation to your accommodation for the night. You’ll have time to rest before we head out for a welcome dinner at a traditional Faroese restaurant. Before we head out for dinner, you’ll get to know your guides and fellow travelers while we have a briefing of the plan ahead. After dinner, we’ll head back to our accommodation for the night.
*Dinner at the restaurant not included.
Over the next two days, we’ll explore the island of Vágar. Your guides will choose a different trail for each day depending on the weather. We’ll prepare for long day hikes along dramatic cliffs and wave-battered headlands, surrounded by open ocean. We’ll aim to visit Múlafossur waterfall, Trælanípan cliffs and bear witness to Lake Sørvágsvatn as it sits on the edge of a hundred foot bluff above the ocean.
We’ll spend each night near Gásadalur, otherwise known as Geese Valley.
*Dinners not included.
Today we meet the Norðlýsið crew and begin our sailing portion of the journey. We’ll settle into our bunks, have a safety briefing with the captain and crew, and prepare for cast off. Weather dependent, we’ll aim to sail past the renowned headland of Trøllkonufingur, otherwise known as the Witch’s Finger. If swell permits, we’ll cross the Vestmannasund strait and head to shore with the RIB boat for a visit to Saksun, connected to the sea through an intertidal lake that was once a natural harbour used by its inhabitants. We’ll hike the north end of the island, arriving in Tjørnuvík where we’ll be greeted on the black sand beaches by the Norðlýsið crew, and transported back to our mothership.
Our goal today will be to climb the highest peak in the Faroese archipelago located on Eysturoy island, called Slættaratindur mountain. We’ll start our day hiking from the village of Eiði, passing by the famous rock formation Risin og Kellingin, Giant and the Witch. As we descend toward the village of Gjógv (or toward Funningur depending on weather), the vibrant reds, whites, yellows and blues of the modest houses is a stark contrast against the natural surroundings of greens, grays and blues. After exploring this picturesque seaside town, we’ll return to Norðlýsið to watch the sunset and enjoy a delicious Faroese dinner.
After breakfast, we’ll pull the anchor and set sail to Kalsoy Island. We’ll walk through several remote villages where we’ll stop to enjoy the jagged headlands, piercing the sky like a row of shark teeth, and the booming thunder from crashing swell. The Kallur lighthouse sits upon a mighty throne — atop a sheer dramatic cliff displaying a wild beauty almost too picturesque to comprehend. It’s a sight you’ll only believe when you see it.
We’ll return to Syðradalur harbor after a long day of hiking, where the Norðlýsið crew will welcome us back aboard for the night.
Today we set sail to the south to Nólsoy island. If the swell and weather permits, we’ll have an opportunity to try some fishing, and hope to cook what we catch onboard that evening. Once moored at Nólsoy’s harbor, we’ll hike down through the mainland of this remote island.
We’ll return to Norðlýsið around noon where we’ll enjoy our lunch underway. We’ll make our way back towards Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands capital city, where we will overnight in a hotel & have one last dinner with our group & the crew.
*Last dinner not included
After breakfast on our last day, your guides will coordinate your transfer from Tórshavn back to the Vágar International Airport, where your journey began. We’ll say our goodbyes and bid farewell to this mythical place — relishing one last time in the sheerness of the landscape and the ancestral relationship of the people and the sea. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the people, the land, and yourself.
- Certified guide from Amarok Adventures.
- Expedition sailboat for the group with a local experienced captain.
- All the transfers from day 1 to day 8.
- Accommodation in guesthouse in Vágar & in hotel in Tórshavn.
- Under-deck accommodation in the expedition sailboat in multiple room.
- All meals during the hiking & sailing days & cooking equipment.
- All the hiking fees.
- Norðlýsið OKKARA premium beer aboard the sailboat.
- Agency support 24/7.
- International flights
- Dinners in Vágar (days 1, 2 & 3) & last dinner in Tórshavn.
- Any beverages not mentioned.
- Sleeping bag & personal hiking gear.
- Trip insurance.
- Everything not specified in “Included”.