Hike with a Shepherd | Watch Sheep and Highland Cattle
Join a Faroese shepherd on a beautiful 8km hike over the "Reynið" mountain from Argir, Tórshavn, to the historical settlement Kirkjubøur. The guide, an experienced shepherd in the area, will invite you to join him in his weekly chores - checking fences, tending to the sheep, or feeding the herd of Scottish highland cattle.
The hike starts in the suburb of Argir, where the landscape is a rugged, stony terrain with beautiful views over Torshavn, Argir and Nólsoy island. On the way to Kirkjubøur, where the hike ends, the scenery changes giving you a spectacular view over the islands Hestur and Koltur. There is a historical sheepfold on the route as well as an old watchtower and two old guardhouses in the area.
In Kirkjubö you will have the opportunity to see the old farm house from the 11th century. You will also see the old ruin of the cathedral and the historical church.
In the summer, visitors with an interest in birds will have the pleasure of seeing and hearing a wide variety of birds such as the gold-crest (Títlingskongur in Faroese), which is the smallest bird in Europe, the white wagtail (Erla Kongsdóttir), the great skua (Skúgvur) and many other birds that nest in the mountains.
During the winter when the days are shorter, the scenery transforms into an arctic tundra with almost total silence. You even have a small chance of seeing the aurora borealis.
A night-walk in the snow during the winter season is an unforgettable experience. The hike grants photo-enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to capture beautiful long-time exposure pictures.
It's possible to extend the hike to 20 kilometres if you are fit and want to see more of the southern part of the island; always starting and ending in the same place. At the end of the tour, the shepherd will drive you back to the meeting point in Argir.
Whatever your age, this is a hike for you. Add it to your plan by selecting either the morning 10am tour or the evening 19pm tour.
- Tour guide
- Transfer from Kirkjubøur back to meeting point (Argir) at the end of the hike
What to bring
- Good waterproof hiking shoes
- Windproof jacket
- 1. aid kit
- Water in reusable bottle
- A small snack
Your tour guide will greet you at the parking lot outside the public school in Argir called Skúlin á Argjahamri.
During the hunting season from 1. November to 31. December there is no hiking in the mountains except for Sundays. In the summer there are birds nesting in the area so hikes might be slightly changed.
Voucher will be received at time of booking.