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Vágar Airport - Vágar Airport, Faroe Islands

Here's the itinerary for a 6 day trip to the stunning Faroe Islands, which I visited in July 2018. It should have been a 7 day trip but alas poor visibility at the Faroe Islands meant that our plane did not depart Copenhagen on our first day! The Faroe Islands are a true paradise for lovers of hiking, dramatic scenery and nature. This trip to the Faroe Islands remains one of my favourite vacations ever for a number of reasons. Firstly, the scenery is simply stunning. Secondly, the remote location and island life holds a certain romantic feel. Thirdly, while you will certainly encounter other tourists on your trip, the Faroe Islands remain a bit of a hidden treasure and you will certainly find peace and tranquility on this trip. This itinerary is focused on short hikes (1-3 hours max), some sightseeing and a fantastic boat trip from Vestmanna to see the puffins flying from the cliffs. It should give you a great overview of the islands. Some personal means of transport is essential - and the small car we hired at the airport was perfect for summer driving. Weather can be quite mixed - and although we visited in July, the temperature was around 12C during the day-time. Bring full waterproofs and dress in layers to allow for changing conditions. A good back-pack with hiking supplies like hats, gloves, plasters for blisters, snacks and drinks is essential. The currency is Danish Kroner (DKK), as the Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The language is Faroese, but everyone we spoke with was fluent in English. We stayed in a self-catering AirBnb in the centre of the capital city - Tórshavn - which enabled us to try several restaurants for dinner in the evening.

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Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands

The Cliff Lake - locally known as either Sørvágsvatn or Leitisvatn - is situated on the island of Vágar in the Faroe Islands. It is a short drive from the airport, and after our rental car pickup, was the first place we stopped at. We parked on a little lane off the main road and climbed over a stile to the start of the path. The path is a walking track and took us about half an hour from the start to end. Walking shoes were good to have - boots probably would have been more sensible. Take waterproofs as there's nowhere to shelter if the weather changes. The view from start to finish is magnificent. On our visit, in summer 2018, the path along the lake front was closed, and we took a path a little up the hillside, with the lake on our right. We encountered a few friendly sheep along the way, as well as friendly fellow hikers. At the end of the trail is a greeting that set the standards for breath-taking views during our trip - magnificent cliff faces sinking into the ocean far below. Take very good care and don't go too close to the edge! Where lake meets cliff, a stunning waterfall drains the lake into the ocean. The colours were striking - the green hillsides, the deep blue ocean and the grey rocks. This walk was fairly easy in intensity and an incredible start to our trip to the Faroes - getting the circulation going after the plane ride in and firing up the adventurous spirit.

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