Hiking from Tórshavn to Kirkjubø

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Thorshavn, Færøerne
Duration:
6 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Languages:
English, Spanish, German, French
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
7 years old

Step right up to join this nice trip along the old mountain path to the beautiful old village of Kirkjubøur and back another way.

Once you have reached the plateau, you have a good view of Tórshavn and all of Nólsoy.

You will reach Reynsmúlalág with two small lakes are in front of you. You may see many Kittiwakes there in the summer. Follow the cairns and you will see a dais built of rocks. The dais has been used for open air public gatherings since the 1800s and is still in use today. Political gatherings have been held in this place with flags, speeches and patriotic songs composed for the occasion. It is easy to imagine how crowds of people have sat on the hill before the dais and listened to, amongst others, Jóannes Patursson (1866-1946), a pioneer in the Faroese national independence movement. These outdoor public gatherings are still held in the Faroe Islands, e.g. during the national holiday Ólavsøka on 28-29 July.

On the route, you have a great view of Sandoy, Hestur, Koltur and Vágar. As you approach Kirkjubøur, you will see a small islet, Kirkjubøhólmur, which used to be part of the mainland and part of the village. Out on the islet, you can still see old ruins of houses.

Kirkjubøur is a beautiful and charming village, where most of the houses are built in the old style with turf roof. Kirkjubøur has a wealth of attractions the main being Kirkjubømúrurin, the ruins of an old cathedral built around 1300. There is also Stokkastovurnar, the old farmhouses from about 1350, which are built on the ruins of the old bishop’s seat. The church in Kirkjubøur is the oldest church in the Faroe Islands still in use. It was built in the 1200s.

After the visit in Kirkjubøur you will go off road and up the hill walk through a moon landscape, and pass by three beautiful mountain lakes each with its specific characteristic.

Included

Tour guide
Lunch box
Entrance to museum
Transport

Activities

Hiking
Cultural Activity

Attractions

Kirkjubøur
Hestur
Koltur

What to bring

Camera
Good hiking shoes

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