Hike with a Faroese shepherd | Watch sheep and highland cattle
Join a Faroese shepherd on a beautiful 8km hike over the "Reynið" mountain from Argir, Tórshavn to the historical Kirkjubøur. The guide, an experienced shepherd in the area, will invite to join him in his weekly chores - checking fences, tending to the sheep, or feeding the herd of Scottish highland cattle.
The hike starts in the suburb of Argir, where the landscape is a rugged, stony terrain with beautiful views over Torshavn, Argir and Nólsoy. On the way to Kirkjubøur, where the hike ends, the scenery changes giving you a spectacular view over the islands Hestur and Koltur. There is a historical sheepfold on the route as well as an old watchtower and two old guardhouses in the area
In Kirkjubö you will have the opportunity to see the old farm house from the 11th century and the old ruin of the cathedral and the and the historical church.
In the summer, visitors with an interest in birds will have the pleasure of seeing and hearing a wide variety of birds such as the gold-crest (Títlingskongur in Faroese), which is the smallest bird in Europe, the white wagtail (Erla Kongsdóttir), the great skua (Skúgvur) and many other birds that nest in the mountains.
During the winter when the days are shorter, the scenery transforms into an arctic tundra with almost total silence and even the small possibility of seeing the aurora borealis.
A night-walk in the snow during the winter season is an unforgettable experience and grants photo-enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to capture beautiful long-time exposure pictures.
It's possible to extend the hike to 20 kilometers if you are fit and want to see more of the southern part of the island; always starting and ending in the same place. Whatever your age, we think this hike is for you. Add it to your plan by selecting either the morning or evening tour.
- Available: Jan. - Sep.
- Duration: 4 hours
- Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
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 main attraction on the island of Hestur is the mystical caves on the east side of the island. Both Eggjarrók and Múlin reaches exactly 421 metres above sea level and these two peaks are the highest points on the island.
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.
The island Koltur has a beautiful and striking shape. Koltur is the second smallest island in the Faroe Islands. Its highest point is the monumental cone-shaped peak of Kolturshamar also called Uppi á Oyggj (477 m). Rising steeply and intensely green out of the sea during summer, it dominates any view of the island.
Koltur has been visited by only few people. Number of inhabitants living on Koltur island: 1 person.
Departure time : 10:00. 19:00,
You meet us at the departure location.
What to bring:
Good waterproof hiking shoes
1. aid kit
Water in reusable bottle
A small snack
Good to know:
During the hunting season from 1. November to 31. December there is no hiking in the mountains except for Sundays.
In the summer there are birds nesting in the area so hikes might be slightly changed.