Trips and Tours. Nólsoy The trip goes from Bursatangi in Tórshavn to Nólsoy harbour. From there, current and wind direction decide which way we sail around the island of Nólsoy. If the weather is good, we sail into the enthralling caves on the island`s east side. On the southernmost point we see the well maintained lighthouse and the scenic beauty of the Spitting Woman, an intriguing, geyser-like sea phenomenon. It is also interesting to watch all the birds in the area; i.e. guillemots, razorbills, puffins, black guillemots, shags, eiders, kittiwakes and fulmars. Often we spot seals that either bask in the sun or splash through the sea. This trip is sailed twice a day at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM from Monday to Friday. On the occasion that a cruise ship is docked in the Tórshavn harbour, the first trip takes place at 6:00 AM. The trip takes about one hour and costs 300 kroner per person. Hestur The trip goes from Bursatangi in Tórshavn to the island of Hestur via the capital`s southern cape, Glyvursnes. Current and wind direction decide which way we sail around the island. If the weather is good, we sail into the deep caves in the southwestern partof the island. Slowly we move as near as possible to the rich bird life under the cliff Loftið, whose vertical wall measures some 1,200 feet from the sea to the top. Hestur harbours a lot of guillemots, puffins, black guillemots, shags, fulmars and eiders. A couple of seal caves are on the island as well and seals are often spotted in the sea. This trip begins every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00 PM. The trip takes about an hour and a half and costs 450 kroner per person. Gjógv The trip goes from Bursatangi in Tórshavn, past the eastern coast of the capital and then through the sound between the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy. At the northern point of Eysturoy we pass the high projecting rocks, Risin and Kellingin (the Giant and the Witch) who once upon a time in vain tried to steal the Faroe Islands and drag them all the way to Iceland! From these magnificent mythical monsters we sail to the village of Gjógv on Eysturoy. In Gjógv we moor and have dinner and coffee in Gjáargarður, the guesthouse of Gjógv. On our way back to Tórshavn we usually spot a lot of sea birds; i.e. guillemots, razorbills, puffins, black guillemots, shags, eiders, kittiwakes and fulmars. As always it is captivating to watch the drowsy seals in the caves or the curious ones swimming close to the boat. This trip begins every Tuesday at 5:00 PM. The trip takes about three hours and costs 695 kroner per person: food and hospitality in Gjáargarður included! Hvalba The trip goes from Bursatangi in Tórshavn to the capitals southern cape,Glyvursnes. We continue through the sound, Høvdasund, past the western coast of Sandoy and Skúvoy and sail all the way to our final destination, Fiskieiðið. This beautiful place is close to the village of Hvalba in our country`s southernmost island, Suðuroy. From Fiskieiðið a bus takes us to the coal mines, where an experienced coalface worker takes us all the way into the historic mines of Hvalba. Afterwards, the bus takes us to the cliff face, Norðbergseiðið, where dinner is served. And then all the participants are hooked on a rope and one by one lowered about 150 feet down to the foot of the cliff, from where the boat takes us back to Tórshavn. On our way home we pass the skerry, Norðbergsfles, and the high cliffs, Trýdrangir. We also sail into the caves, Villingagjógv and Glyvrabergsgjógv and find the perfect spot to admire the enormous cliff, Ásmundarstakkur. Between Ásmundarstakkur and Suðuroy it is very common to spot a lot of guillemots, razorbills, puffins, black guillemots, shags, eiders, kittiwakes and fulmars. Norðbergsfles is the home of many seals. The most amazing thing of all on our way back to the capital is the view of the scarlet evening sun when we pass the western coast of Sandoy. This trip begins every Friday at 5:00 PM. The trip takes 5 to 6 hours and costs 1,175 kroner per person, all included. High speed challenge! This high speed trip goes from Bursatangi, past the eastern coast of Tórshavn, around the islet Hoyvíkarhólmur and back again. We go as fast as possible (about 60 knots) with loud music pouring out of the waterproof speakers. This trip demands the ultimate strength of mind and leaves no space for trembling and fear! Every Monday evening, Wednesday evening and Thursday evening between 8:00 PM and 12:00 PM we go to the limits of our extremely strong speed boat on this adrenaline-filled trip. The trip takes 10 exciting minutes and costs only 100 kroner per person. www.rib62.com
Location and size Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62°00’N, the Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 (545.3 sq.miles) and is 113 km (70 miles) long and 75 km (47 miles) wide, roughly in the shape of an arrowhead. There are 1100 km (687 miles) of coastline and at no time is one more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The highest mountain is 882 m (2883 ft) above sea level and the average height above sea level for the country is 300 m (982 ft). Climate The weather is maritime and quite changeable, from moments of brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to showers. The Gulf Stream encircling the islands tempers the climate. The harbours never freeze and the temperature in winter time is very moderate considering the high latitude. Snowfall occurs, but is shortlived. The average temperature ranges from 3°C in winter to 11°C in the summer. In sheltered areas, the temperature can be much higher, but the air is always fresh and clean no matter what the season. Population The population is 48.520 (1st April 2008). About 19,400 people live in the metropolitan area which comprises Tórshavn, Kirkjubøur, Velbastaður, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur, Hoyvík, Argir, Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur, Norðradalur, Syðradalur, Hvítanes, Sund, Kollafjørður, Signabøur and Oyrareingir, while about 4,700 people live in Klaksvík, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. Form of Government Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties. Languages Spoken Faroese is the national language and is rooted in Old Norse. Nordic languages are readily understood by most Faroese, and English is also widely spoken, especially among the younger people. Religion Religion plays an important part in Faroese culture and over 80% of the population belong to the established church, the EvangelicalLutheran. 10% of the population belong to the Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren). Industry The fishing industry is the most important source of income for the Faroes. Fish products account for over 97% of the export volume. Tourism is the second largest industry, followed by woollen and other manufactured products.