running in the faroe islands
16th-20th of June 2017
5 day trail and mountain running in the picturesque Faroes Islands in summer 2016.
The Faroe Islands is presented as "Readers Choice" on National Geographic Travelers "Best of the world 2015" list over destinations you must-see in 2016.
Faroes Islands are unspoiled, unexplored and unbelievable destination for all off road runners who enjoy running up hills and mountains, along cliffs and through small fishing villages. Among places visited is Gásadalur, a small picturesque village which offers unparalelled view of the fjord and the surrounding islets. Until recently the only way to get to charming Gásadalur was on foot from another village and over the mountain.
Fell running up the Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands (882m), we get a grand view of the Faroese archipelago. From here we get a good view over surrounding mountains and islands and the whole of Eysturoy (eastern island).
Accommodation in hotels and introduction to the city life of Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.
Running of 20 - 30 km each day.
Day 1: Arrival at Vágar airport and transfer to our hotel in Tórshavn.
Day 2: Depart Tórshavn at 9:00 and drive to the island of Eysturoy. We start the morning with visiting the village of Gjógv, named after the 200m long sea-filled canyon that runs north to the sea from the town. This is also where our run starts. We aim for getting up the highest peak of the Faroe Islands: Slættaratindur, 880 meters high. On a clear day the view from the peak can be breathtaking. From the peak we head down direction north to the promontory of Eiði with view over the legendary rocks of Risin and Kerlingin which rise 75m high from the sea. Bus picks us up at the town of Eiði and drives us to Tórshavn.
Day 3: Pick up at our hotel in Tórshavn after breakfast. Drive to the island of Vågar where we visit the very picturesque village of Gásadalur. Gásadalur is located by a cliff but also surrounded by the tallest mountains on the island. The mountains isolated the village, so to get from the village you had to go up 400m on foot to a mountain pass or find a way to get from the cliff to a boat in the sea, so little by little the population has become smaller and smaller. A tunnel was made in 2004 to connect the village to the road system so now it is accessible by cars as well.
From here we start our run up the mountains and inland and continue our run to the biggest lake on the island and from there to the other side of the island where we find a waterfall that falls into the sea.
Day 4: Depart Tórshavn in the morning and drive further north on this biggest island of the Faroes, Streymoy. We visit one of the most popular towns in the Faroe Islands, Vestmanna. After lunch we start our run by going up the mountains, over the moors and towards the town of Saksun. Saksun lies in the bottom of what used to be an inlet of the sea, surrounded by high mountains. The inlet formed a good deep natural harbour, until a storm blocked it with sand. The old harbour became an unaccessible seawater lagoon, only accessible by small boats on high tide. Bus picks us up at Saksun and drives us back to Tórshavn.
Day 5: We go for a run to Kirkjubour after breakfast and back to Tórshavn. Kirkjubour village was an important place in the middle ages, as the spiritual centre of the society, and where the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300 can be found. In those days the village is said to have had around 50 houses. The majority of these houses were washed away by a fierce storm in the 16th century, which created the islet Kirkjubohólmurin, which contains ruins from that time. After a visit to the town we follow another way back to the capital Tórshavn. Tranfer to the airport.
Price: 165.000 ISK per person
- Accommodation in shared double rooms as described in program
- Domestic transport as described in program
- Local “running” guide on all tours
- Meals: 5 x breakfast, 3 x lunch box incl. 1 soft drink/juice/water (day 2,3 & 4)
- Evening dinners
- Lunch on day 1 & 5