Biking to Kirkjubøur
Join this classic road cycling tour to the turf-roofed village of Kirkjubøur. This bicycling trip will take you to the historical centre of the Faroe Islands and home to the ruins of the largest cathedral on the islands.
You will bike through Tórshavn city centre and past the district of Norðasta Horn and across the mountain pass Velbastaðháls to Kirkjubø. When you get to Velbastaðháls, you will be some 190 metres above sea level which is the highest point on this tour.
In Kirkjubøur you will visit the Magnus Cathedral and Olav church and Kirkjubøargarður (the King's farmhouse). The farmhouse dates back to the 11th century and the stories goes that the house was sailed from Norway to the Faroe Islands by Viking ships.
Whilst in Kirkjubøur, you can enjoy a splendid view of the small Kikjubøur islet and the neighbouring islands Sandoy, Hestur, Koltur, and Vágar. You will have the chance to walk between the turf houses in the village most of them painted black and with red windowsill.
On your return to Tórshavn, you will bike through the town of Velbastaður where the houses cling to the steep slopes. Next, you will follow the road across the mountain pass Velbastaðhálsur, along the ring road to the seaside and back to where you started.
You will ride the hills up and down at your own pace. The biking distance for this tour is 30 km.
You will be provided with a great bike, a helmet as well as water and energy bar. You will do the tour with anknowledgable guide and experienced bicycler. The tour is relatively easy and can be done by anyone.
The tour starts at Havnargøta 11 in Tórshavn at 14 o’clock. The location is right opposite the Torshavn Bus and ferry Terminal. You can easily spot the meeting point by the harbour.
Now, what are you waiting for? Experience Faroe Islands from a bicycle saddle all the way from Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur and back again.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 3 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Biking, Cultural Activity
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 10 years.
- Languages: English
In Kirkjubøur you will find the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral, the Saint Olav's Church (Olavskirkjan), and the old 11th century log house, Roykstovan. Most houses in the village are painted black and turf-roofed.
The log house Roykstovan, which means The Smoky Room, has been the living room on the farm in the village for many centuries. The oldest part of the building is open to the public.
Tórshavn is the capital in the Faroe Islands and the most populous city. This is the hub from where most people go out and explore the untouched nature on the 18 islands.
The capital is situated a 40 minutes drive from the only airport in the Faroe Islands, Vagar Airtport (FAE). Tórshavn is nestled on Streymoy island which is connected to Vagar island and the airport there by a sub-sea tunnel. You can reach Tórshavn from the airport by public bus and taxi. Most car rental companies have offices at the airport and they all offer you to pick up and drop off your car at the airport.
You will find most hotels in the Faroe Islands in Tórshavn including the only 4 star hotel (two new 4 starred hotels will open in May 2020). All hotels are in a walking distance from cafés and restaurants in the city centre.
Almost all day tours to the different attractions in the Faroe Islands start from Tórshavn. Most tours use the Tórshavn Bus Terminal as a pickup location. Pick up for all day tours is typically made between 8 and 9 in the morning.
The public ferry Smyril to Suðuroy islands departs from the harbour in Tórshavn as well as the ferry Ternan to Nólsoy island. The departure location at the harbour is near by Tinganes which is the oldest district in Tórshavn. Tinganes is where you will find the Prime Minister's Office as well as government ministries.
This village on the western side of Streymoy island is a 15 minutes drive from Tórshavn. Velbastaður has a great view of the two islands Hestur and Koltur. Velbastaður is best known for its brewery Okkara. This small suburb to Tórshavn is part of the Municipality of Tórshavn.
One of the most popular things to do in Velbastaður is a home visit to Anna and Óli in their house set on the hillside with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby islands. The couple is part of the Faroese concept Heimablidni where you are invited into a local home and the hosts will serve locally sourced food.
Anna and Óli started their supper club in 2012. The menu is centred around the Faroese food tradition and includes beverages from the local brewery Okkara. Dining here is a great Nordic food experience.
Departure time : 14:00.
The meeting point for this tour is in Tórshavn at Havnargøta 11 at 14 o'clock.
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