Sørvágsvatn (mirror lake) hike
Ambadalur Valley, Gjógv
Kalsoy – Kallur Lighthouse Hike
Mykines – Holmur Lighthouse Hike
Tips for non-hikers headed to the Faroe Islands:
- Don’t be daunted by the lengths of these hikes. Once you complete your first hike, you’ll feel confident about the rest.
- There are no marked trail-heads for any of the hikes. Trust your instincts – check where other people on your trail are going or returning from and get a sense of direction from them. Keep notes or a paper map about the trail you’re heading into.
- Keep Google Maps handy for a general idea. Google doesn’t give a proper indication of trails but will give you an idea of the area.
- Respect nature – don’t litter or disturb animals
- Carry a good wind/chill jacket – I never took mine off!
- Dry fit clothes will be helpful as it can rain anytime in the Faroe Islands. I regretted not carrying waterproof socks.
- Arm yourself with a sturdy pair of hiking boots.
- If you carry an SLR and lenses, make sure you have a waterproof bag handy to store them.
- There are a few supermarkets in the larger islands (Vagar, Esturoy, Torshavn) – stock up on fruits, yogurt, and bread before you head for a hike.
- We’ve been carrying Trader Joe’s trail mix on our trips off late and think that they make for perfect snacks.
I’m still reeling from the fact that we actually visited the Faroe Islands. Each of us has a reason to travel. In this instance, mine was to discover nature in its isolated, undisturbed state and to challenge myself. Though we’re back, every day my mind wanders to this faraway land. I can sense the strength of the winds, the soft sounds of my hiking boots against wet grass and the road ahead. That enough would be my reason to return.
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