Golden Circle | Saksun, Tjørnuvík & Gjógv
Experience the best of nature in the northern part of Streymoy island and Eysturoy island. This popular small-group tour will take you to the most beloved locations on the two main islands in the Faroe Islands.
The Golden Circle winter tour will let you experience Saksun and Gjógv. The tour to these awe-inspiring attractions is a gorgeous tour during the dark winter months.
Your tour guide will pick you up at you preferred pick-up point in Tórshavn. From Tórshavn you will head up north.
Saksun is set in a natural amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon. This wonderful hillside village is one of the most worthwhile destinations in the Faroe Islands. A unique atmosphere with amazing views of the surrounding mountains.
Saksun is outstanding with the tidal lagoon surrounded by sand, mountains and stunning waterfalls. You will also get the chance to see the old iconic turfed church overlooking the lagoon.
After your visit in Saksun your next stop is Gjógv. When approaching Gjógv, you will see the village Funningur. The first vikings in the Faroe Islands settled in Funningur. You will have the chance to take a picture of the winding road leading to the valley where Funningur is located.
Now it is time for you to explore the village Gjógv. After 10 minutes with spectacular mountain roads, Gjógv is in sight down the next valley. Gjógv is located on the island Eysturoy. Gjógv means gorge in Faroese. You will understand why the village got this name when looking into the beautiful sea-filled gorge that is the most iconic attraction in Gjógv.
Gjógv is an idyllically located and beautiful quiet village with stunning view towards the island Kalsoy and other islands in the northern part of the Faroe Islands. There is a pretty good chance to spot seals when you enter the gorge.
The local guesthouse will serve for you a lunch platter and pancakes with warm beverages. You will also walk through the village and into the gorge. From Gjógv you will stop by Eiðisskarð where you will have a great view towards the rocky sea-stacks "The Giant and his Wife".
Now you will head back to Tórshavn. You will take the old mountain road from the valley Kollafjøður to Tórshavn. You will also experience some of the tallest mountains in the Faroe Islands such as Slættaratindur and Vaðhorn.
When back on Streymoy island, you will see the only prison in the Faroe Islands and maybe the only grass-roofed prison in the world. You will also stop by Norðradalsskarð to enjoy the view towards the island Koltur. The tour guide will drive you to your designated drop-off point.
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- Available: All year
- Duration: 8 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Danish, Faroese, Norwegian, Swedish
The village bears its name from the beautiful 200 metre long gorge that the villagers have used as a natural harbour and landing ground for their boats for centuries. There are stairs all the way down into the gorge.
You will have a good view of the sheer westside of Kalsoy island when in Gjógv. The valley Ambadalur is situated in a northeastern direction from Gjógv. It takes roughly a one-hour hike to reach the valley where you will see the large sea stack Búgvin.
Saksun is a remote little village on Streymoy island with a unique location placed above a beautiful lagoon. The lagoon used to form a good natural harbour, but during a storm it was blocked with sand.
The sand filled lagoon is now drawing people from near and far to admire its beauty. The lagoon filles up with seawater two times every day.
A favourite day trip destination among locals and tourists alike. At low tide locals flock to the tiny village to walk along the shore of the lagoon to the beach.
The village includes a turf-roofed church and a village museum. There are some lovely turf houses in the Dúvugarðar settlement in Saksun as well as some stunning waterfalls along the steep mountain sides.
There is a hiking opportunity to the nearby village Tjørnuvík. The hike is done along the old mountain trail between Dúvugarðar and Tjørnuvík. There are cairns along the route to guide you.
Eiði is a village on the island of Eysturoy. In Eiði you will find the famous football stadium nestled next to the Atlantic Ocean. You will also have a great look towards the two sea stacks Risin og Kellingin or Giant and his Wife from near Eiði. Just a short drive from Eiði, you will also experience freshwater Lake Eiðisvatn with a surface area at 0,5 square kilometres.
Funningur is according to legends the oldest village in the Faroe Islands. Funningur sits at the foot of Slættaratindur which is the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands. The village is nestled in a deep valley on Eysturoy island in beautiful surroundings and a curvy road leading to the village.
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.
Fossá Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in the Faroe Islands and drops in two levels. The waterfall is easily accessible and stunningly majestic. You will find Fossá Waterfall in the northern end of Streymoy island just before you reach the village Haldarsvík.
Fossá is located on the east side of Streymoy island a 45 minutes drive from the capital, Tórshavn. The waterfall lies next to the short bridge to the nearby Eysturoy island from where you can also experience Fossá. In this case, you will see the waterfall in the distance. Fossá is 140 metres tall.
Eysturoy is the second largest island in the Faroe Islands and hold many popular sights among them: Gjógv, which is the most northernly village on the island and the nearby settlements Funningur and Eiði. The island is just a short drive from the capital Tórshavn. You will find Slættaratindur the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands on this island elevating 880 metres above ocean level.
These two famous sea stacks are a must-see when in the Faroe Islands. You can see Risin & Kellingin (the Giant and his Wife) from either the village Tjørnuvík on Streymoy island or from Eiðisskarð just outside the village Eiði on Eysturoy island.
This might be the only prison in the world with grass roof. Mjørkadalur Prison is the only prison in the Faroe Islands. It is situated in the middle of nowhere in a valley with nothing else than a epic view of the Kaldbaksbotnur Fjord.
From this point you will have the unbelievable view of the deep valley Norðradalur and the small island Koltur framed out in the ocean. This popular attraction is a 15 minutes ride from Tórshavn on Streymoy island. Norðradalsskarð is one of the most windy places in the Faroe Islands. During winter the wind speed will some days reach 120 miles per hour and even higher speed.
From Norðradalsskarð you will also experience the winding road leading down the mountain side to the farm in the Norðradalur valley. Norðradalsskarð is situated 270 metres (885 feet) above sea level. The road from the mountain pass and down to the valley is 2,4 km (1,5 miles).
Pickup time : 09:00.
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Port pickup and drop-off
All taxes, fees, and handling charges
Small group tour
What to bring:
Warm and Rainproof Clothes
Good Walking Shoes
Good to know:
From October to April is the tour 5 hours, and will not include the village of Tjørnuvík.
There might be snow in winter so dress accordingly to the weather. Layers are always recommendable.
This is a small group tour with maximum 18 travellers.