Hike with a Faroese shepherd | Watch sheep and highland cattle

Tour Type
Day Tour
Duration
4 hours
Difficulty
Moderate
Start town
Argir
Description
Included
Useful information

Join a Faroese shepherd on a beautiful 8km hike over the "Reynið" mountain from Argir, Tórshavn to the historical Kirkjubøur. The guide, an experienced shepherd in the area, will invite 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. 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 and the old ruin of the cathedral and the 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 and even the small possibility of seeing the aurora borealis.

A night-walk in the snow during the winter season is an unforgettable experience and grants photo-enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to capture beautiful long-time exposure pictures.

It's possible to extend the hike to 20 kilometers if you are fit and want to see more of the southern part of the island; always starting and ending in the same place. Whatever your age, we think this hike is for you. Add it to your plan by selecting either the morning or evening tour.

Activities

Cultural Activity

Hiking

Attractions

Kirkjubøur

4 reviews for Hike with a Faroese shepherd | Watch sheep and highland cattle

  1. Jesse Kolya Bratt

    We had a great hike from Argir in Tórshavn over the mountain to Kirkjubøer. Jónheðin, our guide, did an excellent job, and we learned a lot about life on the Faroes. We had all kinds of weather: hail, sun, and plenty of wind. Remember to bring warm clothes and good shoes!

  2. Calvin Breeden

    The trip was awesome and we had an absolute wonderful time together!! The shepherd was a ton of fun to speak with and he was able to give us the local perspective on life in the Faroes that we had been looking for. On top of this, the hike is not very challenging, but is absolutely beautiful!! Finally, if you love hairy cows this is the hike for you!!! If you visit during the summer you will get to experience them roaming free, but in winter they are kept in a barn (how we experienced them). Dont let this turn you away though, this was still a lot of fun for us and allows the chance to get a bit closer than you would when outside. Overall, we highly recommend this trip, we felt very comfortable with our guide and had so much fun the entire time!!

  3. Rachel Briant

    This hike was possibly my favorite experience in the Faroe Islands. Jonheoin was a lovely guide and took us on a wonderful hike near Torshavn. The land is private so you cannot go on it without a guide. Accordingly, we saw almost no one else on the hike and were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery undisturbed by the noise or overworn tracks of other people. Before going on this hike, the Faroe Islands did not seem real. Other activities, while nice in a different way, felt like I was rushing through the islands rather than fully appreciating them. This hike made the Faroe Islands feel real and felt like a more full experience of the islands. This hike is a real deal and I cannot recommend it enough!

  4. Cara Lundqvist

    great guide

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