A favourite amongst travellers to the Faroe Islands is to visit the westernmost island of Mykines, home to large sea bird colonies of which the most famed being the large number of puffins. Mykines is staggeringly beautiful and deserves its spot as the most sought after destination in the Faroe Islands. For the complete experience of the remarkable nature and distinctive island life on Mykines, we recommend joining one of our smaller groups for a complete and personalised day-tour in comfortable and hassle-free settings.
Mykines is a protected Ramsar area due to its rich and varied bird-life. The puffin colony is certainly the biggest in the Faroe Islands, potentially one of the biggest in the world, and we get the chance to pass right through it. The village that once inhabited almost 200 people is now reduced to around a dozen people living on the island throughout the year. Yet the village doesn’t disappoint with its well-maintained houses, turf rooves and colour variances.
We departure from Tórshavn at 9h15 (pick-up starts at 9:00) and drive to Sørvágur to catch the ferry departing to Mykines at 10h20. If the weather permits it, the ferry-ride will be an experience in itself as we pass the sea stacks Drangarnir and the islands of Tindhólmur and Gáshólmur. Upon arrival, our first stop is the village café for a short break and the chance to buy refreshments. We then start the hike by heading uphill to the monument established for those who passed away at sea. Next we reach our first viewpoint ─ the largest puffin colony in the Faroe Islands. *If the weather permits, we continue to Lambi and walk through the colony. At this point of the journey you are likely to get the chance to see the breeding pairs of puffins up-close. We then cross the bridge that hovers 35 meters above the ocean and hike to the lighthouse on Mykineshólmur. At the lighthouse we grab lunch while enjoying the surrounding seabird city. Having saturated the wild nature on Mykineshólmur, we hike same way back to the village and spend a moment before the catching the ferry back to Sørvágur at 17h05. Arrival time in Tórshavn will be around 19h as we drop you off at your convenient location.
* Due to a landslide the trail to Lambi and Mykineshólmur is closed for the summer season 2022, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of other great viewpoints where you’ll have opportunities to see the Puffins.
A note of caution
If the Mykines ferry cancels due to rough seas, which happens occasionally, we can only offer a full refund if the cancellation is made in advance of the tour start. Instead, we arrange an alternative tour. It is a prerequisite for booking with us that our customers are willing to accept these circumstances and remain flexible in such situations. Additionally, when certain conditions apply local authorities have occasionally restricted access to the puffin colony as a protective measure. This will not, however, be a cause of cancellation, as we still get to see the colony from higher standpoints. In such situations, your guide stands ready to adjust the travel plan accordingly. When this occurs, we expect participants to be flexible so that good workarounds can be found.
The tour is dependent upon available tickets on the ferry to Mykines. In the unfortunate situation where the ferry is fully booked, you will be reimbursed.
Price: Adults 2,495dkk
Included: Transport, Guide, Lunch, Beverages, Hiking Fee, Pick-Up, Drop Off
What to Bring: Warm and Waterproof Clothes, Good Shoes, Camera
Duration: 10-11 hours
Pick-up: Starts at 9h45 (and 7:45 for the extra ferry)
Group Size: Minimum 2 / Maximum 8
Difficulty: Easy / Medium