Hiking

Hiking is a great way to experience our beautiful nature. You don’t have to go far to experience our magnificent and breathtaking nature.

Guided hikes are a great way to experience local knowledge and storytelling.

Important

We reccomend booking a local guide to ensure your safety and to give you the best experience. The guides have a lot of knowledge about our area, and can make your experience even better.

Remember to ask permission if your hike is not on a marked path. By Faroese legislation, you are not allowed to wander freely in the wilderness of the Faroe Islands. You are only allowed to walk on the old village paths.

If you book a local guide, the guide will ensure that you have the necessary permission.

If you decide to hike on your own, please let someone in the village know you’re going. We reccomend this for safety reasons, and to avoid you getting in the middle of e.g. sheepherding or hare hunting.

Please take a look at these before your hike:

Guide to safe hiking in the Faroe Islands

Hiking in the Faroe Islands

Examples of guided hikes

Guided hike from Skopun to Søltuvík (through Høvdarhagi)

The walk begins at Skopun harbour. The guide will meet you at the ferry. The walk takes you through the fields to the valley of Høvdarhagadalur.

On the mountain, Høvdarhaga, you will experience rich bird life, magnificent countryside and some spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. From Brúnskorar and to the north the views are particularly good as you look out over the cliffs towards the island’s most northerly point. The walk continues along the west coast to the isolated bay of Søltuvík. This hideaway is much loved in the summer because of its idyllic countryside, but deeply feared in the winter because the treacherous waters could easily bring disaster to a hapless ship.

From Søltuvík, at single-track road takes you to the village of Sandur. The road goes past the charming lake known as Gróthúsvatn and Gívrunarspor or the witches’ track. The guide will be happy to tell you about the old legends surrounding in these spots.

Good to know

Public acces to the area on the west coast is restricted and walking in the area is not allowed without permission. The cost of the excursion includes the guide.

It is possible to hire a bus for the journey from Søltuvík to Sandur, and to order packed lunches. There is an extra cost for this service.

 

Sandur – Søltuvík

The beautiful bay, Søltuvík, is situated approximately 6 km from the city of Sandur. Here you can experience breathtaking sunsets over the lagoon.

In Søltuvík you can also see the monument raised in 2010 in memory of the lost ship Principia.

Principia left Dundee, Scotland, for America on the 16th of November 1895. The ship got caught in a storm on the 19th of November and cut fire. They tried to head back to Scotland but ended up in The Faroe Islands where the ship struck a rock of the coast of Søltuvík on the 21st of November. 28 men were on board the ship but only one of them survived. He drifted 14 hours on a cargo hatch and was saved by the people of Kirkjubø. Now a days the cargo hatch is being used as a table at Stokkastovan in Kirkjubø. Two anchors of Principia were saved in 2001 and are a part of the monument.

 

Other hikes

There are many places to hike in Sandoy, Skúvoy and St. Dímun. We can book a guide for you or your group, so you get the best hike possible suited for your wishes. These are examples of hikes in our area:

 

Sandoy:

Dysjarnar

Líraberg

Lokkloysi  – book your spot via hiking. fo here!

Norðastahaga

Sandur – Søltuvík

Skarvanes – Dalur

Skálavík – Húsavík

Skopun – Søltuvík

Saga tour to Gívrinarhol

 

Skúvoy:

Norð á Dal

Niðan á Knút

Niðan til eggjar

 

St. Dímun:

by appointment only

Booking

We can also arrange for something to eat during or after your hike. Please let us know, if we can help you with this. You can book everything from a packed lunch, pancakes, dinner or soup. You can send your request to: info@visitsandoy.fo 

 

Cancellations

If you cancel a booked hike less than two weeks before the day of the hike, there is no refund.

If the tour is cancelled from our side, for example due to bad weather, the full amount will be refunded. Be aware that this can happen up to the very last moment, as we cannot predict or control the unsteady weather on the islands.