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Please Go Away Experience:
Faroe Islands Founder's Trip

May 13 - 22, 2022

The Faroe Islands are just a short flight from Iceland, yet they're way off the standard traveller's radar. Whilst this small country can take you back centuries with it's cozy villages and farming culture, be ready for some highspeed adventures and fun outdoor activities on this 5-day adventure tour.

Trip Overview:
'Faroe Islands Founder's Trip

Settled by Norsemen in the 7th century this is a 'tilted' archipelago, its eastern shores sloping into the frigid ocean and its western coastline rising up in dramatic cliffs, a mix of green arcing fells, craggy basalt protrusions home to puffins, guillimots and the world's largest colony of storm petrels. See a waterfall empty straight into the Atlantic. Sail beneath 700 m sea cliffs and be tossed around like a cork. But to see it at its most wild, you need to walk some of its 23 designated hiking trails. Do this, and getting marooned will never have felt so very proper.

This short tour of the Faroes takes you out the bird cliffs of Mykines, the beautiful village of Saksun with its natural amphitheatre of cliffs and the village of Gjógv. You will enjoy the old world charm of Tórshavn and relax in the evening, visiting lively local pubs and restaurants.

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Included in the Tour Cost:

  • Accommodation in specified hotels or similar

  • Meals as per itinerary (daily breakfast (not on arrival day) and 6 lunches)

  • Program and entrances as per itinerary

  • Transfers as per itinerary

  • Accommodation and full board to driver and guide where required

  • 24-hour emergency service

  • Taxes and service fees

Day to Day Itinerary
Day One: Depart home for Copenhagen

Depart your home City for Copenhagen.

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Day Two: Arrive Copenhagen

The 71 Nyhavn Hotel are housed in the historic and protected Suhrs and Puggaards warehouses on the corner of the Harbour and Nyhavn- just a few minutes walk from The Royal Theatre- The Royal Palace- the famous shopping street Stroget- the Parliament and the main attractions of the Danish capital. 71 Nyhavn has 130 well-appointed rooms and suites, all with Air Conditioning- shower or bathtub- toilet- trouser press- hair dryer- minibar- telephone- radio- and satellite-TV. Many of the rooms offer an excellent view of the Copenhagen Harbour towards either the Opera or Nyhavn Canal.

Hidden Gems Evening Boat Orientation - 6:00 PM

Hidden gems is about showing our own favorite spots, which are off the beaten track from the standard path. Expect to get an introduction to areas we think are cool, local, and where you get a great a sense of what the life in Copenhagen is all about. We will either take a southern route or Northern route depending on what is going on in the harbor at your specific departure day. There will be a voluntarily option during the route to stop and get out of the boat to explore.

 

The harbor in Copenhagen is undergoing rapid change, from an industrial harbor to recreational space open to everyone living in t e city. During the summer months it acts as the main nerve binding the city together and attracting numerous water-based activities in the process. You will see how this is folds out with Kayaks passing by and happy Danes jumping into the water. We will point out our favorite places and hidden gems, whether you are looking a place for having an afternoon beer in the sun, a relaxed morning coffee, or simply and area to relax away from it all.

 

As we explore the upcoming areas away from the inner part of the city you will see how former industrial buildings are being transformed into new spaces, where new and old are mixed in new architectural structures. Some of these are designed by famous architects like Bjarke Ingels and some by new upcoming talents. You will get an understanding of how design and living play and essential role for the new development of Copenhagen and an essential part of the Danish lifestyle.

Day Three: Culinary Copenhagen 10:00 AM

A tour for food lovers, Culinary Copenhagen combines the sights of a city tour with an added focus on Danish cuisine, both traditional and innovative. This tour includes a Danish pastry and coffee at a local bakery, a visit to the wonderful Torvehallerne Market, where clients will be introduced to some of the unique stalls and have the opportunity to sample local favourites. including smørrebrød, and organic juices. We will also visit the confectionery stalls of the Magasin du Nord department store, where guests will enjoy a local chocolate delicacy and have the opportunity to purchase a tasty Danish memento.

 

Included tastings of local favourites may include: smørrebrød, local juices, a Danish pastry and coffee, and a local chocolate delicacy for dessert. We have also included a Deluxe add-on: innovative set menu at a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.

Notes 

Culinary Copenhagen includes (but is not limited to) the following points of interest:

  • Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church

  • Copenhagen Harbour with views of Christianshavn including the Opera House

  • Colourful Nyhavn

  • Former home of Hans Christian Andersen

  • Strøget pedestrian shopping street, including where to find Denmark's own brands

  • Amager Square and the Stork Fountain

  • The Merman and his Sons underwater sculpture

  • Børsen, the Old Stock Exchange

  • Christiansborg Palace – the Danish Parliament

  • The Royal Library and its lovely hidden garden

  • The charming streets and squares of Old Town

  • Birth House of JC Jacobsen (Carlsberg Founder)

  • Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square)

  • Entrance to the Rådhus foyer and Jens Olsens World Clock*

  • Views of Tivoli Gardens w optional independent visit after the tour (seasonal)

 

*On Sundays, entrance to City Hall will be replaced by entrance to Christiansborg Palace chapel.

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Day Four: Flight to Faroe

 

On arrival in Faroe, we have a 40 minute scenic transfer to town, plus a walking tour of ancient Tórshavn.

Day Five: Faroe Islands Highlights Tour 9:00 AM

 

This morning we begin with a tour of the island highlights. We will drive firstly to the historic village of Kirkjubøur, the southernmost village on Streymoy and the country's most important historical site with the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300, the Saint Olav's Church from 12th century and the old farmhouse Kirkjubøargarður from 11th century.

 

We will return to the hotel by 4pm, and perhaps enjoy a cocktail together in the bar.

Notes 

Including lunch and refreshments.

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Day Six: Mykines 8:45 AM

 

Our guide will pick us up for a day of local touring to the Mykines Island. Mykines was long believed to be the Island referred to as “Paradise of Birds!” by the hardy Irish seafaring monk, St. Brendan in the 6th century during his sea-faring adventure in the North Atlantic.

 

The drive to the harbour takes ca. 45mins, and then it is a further 45min boat journey to the island. On arrival, we will take a guided walk to Mykineshólmur, which is connected to the main island by a wooden footbridge over a 35 meter deep gorge and ends with spectacular views from the lighthouse. We will be walking directly through the Puffin colony, so expect "close encounters of the bird kind" and many photo opportunities.

 

We'll be back in Torshavn by 6:30 this evening.

Notes 

Includes packed lunch and refreshments

Day Seven: JFootsteps of the Vikings 9:00 AM

 

It will be a 15 minute drive to the start of our walking tour, past Mannafelsdalur, the site of a bloody Viking battle 700 years ago where mounds of grass still grow with a red hue, said to be the blood of the slain Viking rebels. In the distance, the NATO radar listening station nestled high above the Faroese landscape reminds us of more modern conflict.

 

We will soon be greeted by panoramic and truly breath-taking views overlooking Vágoy and Trøllkonufingur. We then walk over the ridge to an open landscape with lake views at Vatnsdalur and down to Norðadalur, with spectacular views of the islands Hestoy and Koltur, where we will pause for Faroese delicacies and refreshments, before returning to Tórshavn.

 

In the afternoon, we'll enjoy a 1,5h horse-back riding tour suited for everyone.

 

We ride from Berg Hestar stables in the outskirts of Torshavn to the valley Havnardalur. On the tour we have a great views over the small capital.

Notes 

Includes packed lunch and refreshments.

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Day Eight: Suderoy 7:00 AM 

Take the 07:00 ferry to the southern-most island of Súðuroy. On the way, we will regale stories of the two Viking legends Tróndur and Sigmund and their ongoing and bloody battle to control the Faroe Islands.

 

On arrival in Suðuroy, we will drive from the ferry port towards Froðba, said to be the oldest village in Súðuroy, taking in the unique columnal basalt cliffs. Then from Tvøroyri we will take you on a guided hike to Hvannhagi and Hvanndal.

 

A place known for its spectacular beauty and a real hidden gem. On the way back we will walk up through a gorge, where you will witness the phenomenon of the legendary, illusive, grey people of the Faroes who got caught out in the sun and had their expressions frozen in the cliff rocks

Notes 

Includes lunch and refreshments

Optional dinner to KOKS restaurant tonight ** COST NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE **

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/06/18/koks...

KOKS is a Michelin-starred restaurant in Torshavn. The meal is an 18-course tasting menu. It is 1900DKK/person, plus a wine pairing which is 1400DKK/person. This is - as of December 2020 - around $310/person plus $230/person. This can change. In order to reserve this optional experience, I need to know by June 30, 2021. You can make changes to this experience until January 31, 2022.

 

From the restaurant: If there are any dietary restrictions for any members of your party, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance. We do our best to meet any dietary requests. However, due to our geographical location in the North Atlantic, we do not have access to a broad variety of vegetables for a good part of the year. Therefore, it is not possible for us to create a vegetarian or vegan tasting menu.

 

Some of our dishes are made with local ingredients sourced directly from the nature surrounding us and not from authorised suppliers.

Day Nine: Flight to Copenhagen

The 71 Nyhavn Hotel are housed in the historic and protected Suhrs and Puggaards warehouses on the corner of the Harbour and Nyhavn- just a few minutes walk from The Royal Theatre- The Royal Palace- the famous shopping street Stroget- the Parliament and the main attractions of the Danish capital. 71 Nyhavn has 130 well-appointed rooms and suites, all with Air Conditioning- shower or bathtub- toilet- trouser press- hair dryer- minibar- telephone- radio- and satellite-TV. Many of the rooms offer an excellent view of the Copenhagen Harbour towards either the Opera or Nyhavn Canal.

Group Dinner

This evening, after check-in and some time to relax at the hotel, we'll get together for a final group dinner. 

 

Enjoy the rest of the night to pack and relax before our departure in the morning.

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Day Ten: Flight Home

Departure to home

Pricing Details

Founder's Trips are typically kept to a small group of people so we can have a more intimate experience in the destination. Some trips may require more than others in order to keep the cost at a reasonable amount per person.

 

Land Cost: $5500/person, based on double occupancy* if we have 8 people travelling.

  • More than 10, and I can lower the price slightly.

  • Less than 8 travelling - we will not go.

  • *$1000 single supplement ($6500)

 

$2300/person deposit is due to Largay Travel upon registration; final payment is due February 21, 2022. Registration closes December 31, 2021.

 

Trip will not occur with less than 8 travellers; Paper, Ink, & Passports Travel will make this decision no later than January 5, 2021.

 

Return airfare from Copenhagen to Faroe: approximately $400/person. We will book this as a group through the Largay Travel air department. Air costs are included in the deposit; they will be refundable if Paper, Ink, & Passports Travel cancels the trip.

Not included in cost:

  • International or domestic flights unless otherwise mentioned

  • Beverages, snack, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted

  • Room outside of normal check-in/check-out times

  • Porterage at airport and hotels unless otherwise noted

  • Optional excursions, activities, museums or pre and post trips not mentioned

  • Any service not specifically listed under "included” – such as the optional excursions

  • Travel Insurance

  • Unforeseen admission to nature sites is not included in the price

  • Other items of personal nature

  • Other items not mentioned under Inclusions

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