Sandoy Island | Small Group Day Tour
Come on a full-day nature tour to the untouched Sandoy island including quaint villages, bird cliffs, historic settlements. This tour is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to experience some of the hidden sceneries in the Faroe Islands.
The day starts in Tórshavn from where you will go directly to a nearby ferry port on the westside of Streymoy island. Here, a boat will take you on a short ride to Sandoy island. Now in Sandoy, you are ready to experience the beautiful nature and villages on this island.
You will begin by visiting the only stone factory in the Faroe Islands where they make handcrafted things out of the local basal. The work at the factory is impressive. The factory lies in Skopun where you will also have a glimpse of the world's largest mailbox (from those days when people where still sending each others letters).
Next up is Sandur, the most important historic village in the island. This is the main village on the island. You will have a look inside the old black church here. Sandur is the Faroese word for Sand. The soil here is filled with sand, and when you head to your next attraction, you will see the beautiful sandy beach in the village. You can take a photo stop here as the site is jaw-dropping.
Now, you will continue to the village Skálavík which you will get to at the end of a wide valley. You will have a great view of the North Atlantic Ocean from the seaside covered with pebbles. When it is windy, you will experience attractive waves and impressive surf.
Next up is the small idyllic village Húsavík. You will see some of the oldest stone houses in the Faroe Islands all grass-roofed. This location is perfect for those who want to experience the traditional lifestyle in the Faroe Islands. The old way of life is still lived here.
When you have enjoyed this small village, it is time for you to relax in Sandur. Here you will have a light meal at Café Breiðateig. The owner will tell you about the house and the café. It is now time for dinner. You will be served fresh fish caught in the Faroese waters the day before.
After all these attractions, it is time to take the ferry again to Streymoy island. Just before you leave Sandur, you can get some refreshments at the local gas station. You will do a short stop in Kirkjubøur on Streymoy. This is the historical hub in the country as well as a typical settlement with lot of grass-roofed houses. At the end of the day, you will be dropped of in Tórshavn.
Don’t hesitate booking this phenomenal tour. You will follow in the footsteps of the Vikings when experiencing the island Sandoy and the historic village Kirkjubøur. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: May. - Aug.
- Duration: 9,5 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Cultural Activity, Bird Watching, Dinner
- Difficulty: Easy
- 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.
The island is characterised by its essentially flat landscape and green countryside. Sandoy is relatively flat. You will experience lush green valleys when drive through lakes and small villages. The highest mountain Tindur elevates 479 metres above ocean level.
Sandoy will give you solitude and contemplation. In order to get to Sandoy, you will take the ferry teistin from the Streymoy island to Sandoy island. Sandoy offers quite of contrast to the looming sea cliffs and steep mountainous passes that you have see most other places in the Faroe Islands.
Skálavík is a the end of a long grass valley. In order to get to Skálavík, you will drive for fifteen minutes from the nearby village Sandur. Beside fisheries, Skálavík is also home to the Hotel Skálavík.
Sandur is the largest and most important historical settlement on the island Sandoy. With several lakes and flat grass fields, Sandur is a oasis for Faroe Islanders when enjoying the holiday season. From Sandur, you have a nice view of the three small islands Skúvoy, Stóra Dímun and Lítla Dímun.
Streymoy is the largest island of the 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands. It is situated in the middle of the archipelago and makes up 24% of the total land area and 50% of the entire population. You will find stunning sights on Streymoy island such as the villages Saksun and Tjørnuvík and the tallest waterfall Fossá.
The best known attraction on the island is the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs in the village Vestmanna. Streymoy is connected by roads to two neighbouring islands Vágar island and Eysturoy island by a 5 kilometre (3,1 miles) sub-sea tunnel and a 250 metres (820 feet) bridge, respectively.
Húsavík is a tidy settlement on the island Sandoy. Húsavík means the Bay with Houses. The village has a beautiful white beach as well as several well preserved old stone houses with the iconic grass-roof look. Húsavík lies in a bay from where you will see no other islands or villages. The only sight from here is the nearby mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean.
This is the village where the boat the Sandoy island arrives to. This harbour village is the youngest settlement on the island. From Skopun, you can enjoy a great view of Streymoy island and Hestur island. The nearest village to Skopun is Sandur. There are several small fishing boats in Skopun owned by the locals.
Pickup time : 08:30.
Transport from Tórshavn
Dinner in Sandur
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Pickup at hotels and bus terminal take place 5-15 minutes after excursion start.