Faroe Islands self drive tour
£2625including UK flights
Return flights in economy class with Atlantic Airways from Edinburgh, airport taxes, car hire (Toyota Yaris or similar), 7 nights accommodation and meals as stated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
Description of Faroe Islands self drive tour
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
If wild landscapes, bracing sea breezes and cosy, turf-roofed villages are your style, then the Faroe Islands should be your next Nordic adventure. Or...
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1 Reviews of Faroe Islands self drive tour
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2022 by Patrick Colyer
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Enjoying the beautiful landscape which was everywhere. The friendly people. Attending the Faroe Islands Premiere League finals soccer match which was at the big stadium across the street from my hotel in the capital.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Depending on what you like, October might not be the best time to visit. In any given day, I hardly saw other tourists at the same sights since October is a low season for tourism. Seeing the sun was a rarity so I didn't get to see the sun illuminating the landscape like one would see in the summer. Also, it wasn't cold enough for snow. It was constantly cloudy, foggy, and misty. To see the sun, Summer would be better but there will also be more tourists. To see snow, winter would be better but the hiking routes may not be passable.
Make sure to bring good hiking shoes and rain gear because of the amount of mist and rain that will be encountered.
Be cognizant of restaurant opening days and times. Outside of the capital, there are very few regular restaurants and bars. They often have opening days and hours that aren't typically what one may be used to.
Everyone spoke English so no problem with communicating.
Most places close on Sunday so don't expect to be able shop for gifts on that day.
Credit cards were accepted everywhere. However, it was rare for AMEX to work anywhere. Mastercard worked every time.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I had many good conversations and interactions with the lovely Faroese people, which I hope had a positive impact on them. There were many trash cans and restrooms situated near popular hiking spots which made it easy to minimize my environmental impact
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
The vacation was wonderful. The Faroe Islands was a beautiful place with stunning landscapes and wonderful people. It was a perfect place to get away to for a week. I am very glad to have visited.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.
Our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.
Over half the electricity produced in the Faroe Islands is from renewable sources - namely hydro-electric and wind power, with a goal of using solely renewable energy by 2030.
The guesthouse Gjaargardur in Gjogv is insulated in the traditional Faroese way with a turf-roof to help reduce heating costs, as well as to fit in with the local surroundings. The management and staff have an over-arching ethos to limit energy consumption and use local produce whenever possible.
As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.
PeopleBy the very nature of life in the Faroes all services are provided by local people. Our local agents are Faroese owned, managed and run, have been operating in the Faroe Islands for 15 years and have an excellent reputation. Fair salaries are paid to all employees and regular training is provided to support future career development. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals. Guides are required to turn off vehicles when idling to minimise unnecessary emissions and where possible, eco-friendly modes of transport are opted for.
We visit family-run guesthouses and restaurants, thereby boosting the local economy, helping to provide jobs and allowing the Faroese people to tell visitors about local traditions and keep them alive. Importing food stuffs into the Faroe Islands can be prohibitively expensive so all of the food for meals included on the itinerary is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant. All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run.Many of the museums are managed by local communities and also demonstrate traditional crafts such as knitting, with most of the iconic Faroese knitwear for sale having been hand knitted by local craftspeople.
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