Visit the Faroe Islands with T/S Saeftinghe in August 2023!



Europa's best kept secret, de Faroe Islands 12.10.2022

Visit the Faroe Islands with T/S Saeftinghe in August 2023!



The Faroe Islands in a nutshell:

  • Located between Scotland and Iceland
  • Belongs to the Kingdom of Denmark, not part of Europe
  • 18 islands
  • 30 municipalities
  • 48,800 inhabitants (2020)
  • Capital: Thorshavn with about 19,000 inhabitants
  • Cape Enniberg, a sea cliff 754 metres high
  • Slættaratindur, the highest mountain (880 metres)

Wildlife on the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean and the fauna and flora is fully adapted to it.


With 50 bird species breeding, 60 species regularly passing through, the Faroe Islands are a paradise for bird lovers. A total of 305 different species have already been counted since 2012.

With tallship Saeftinghe, we will visit the regions known for their bird cliffs where thousands of Puffins, Gannets, Kittiwakes, Storm Petrels, Shearwaters,... have their home. On a walk you will get to see Great Skuas, Arctic Skuas and if you are lucky, a Red-throated Diver on one of the fresh inland lakes. It's not just water and sea birds you can encounter, there are also many wading and other land birds to be found. 

Birds of the Faroe Islands can be downloaded here.

Whales and dolphins

The Faroe Islands still has a limited form of regulated whaling. About 800 pilot whales are slaughtered annually for their own consumption.  Nevertheless, the Faroe Islands is otherwise still a rich area for whale and dolphin watching. Whales, Humpback whales, Sperm whales, Orcas and Dolphins can all be encountered at sea. 


Hiking on the Faroe Islands

Fresh air, the wind in your hair, big mountains and sea cliffs, sunny valleys, beautiful mist, lovely lakes, grazing sheep and breathtaking views.

These are some of the things you are going to experience when you take a walk on one of the islands.

One of the great things about the Faroe Islands is that you don't have to step far to enjoy this breathtaking spectacle surrounded by the deep blue ocean.

With tallship Saeftinghe, we sail from one island to another, taking plenty of time to enjoy this and get out and about. Depending on everyone's condition and interest, we will help find the best excursion!

A guide and ideas for hiking can be found here.



Our programme on the Faroe Islands


After our participation in the Tall Ships Races, we will be in Thorshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, by 05/06/2023. Thorshavn is also our departure point for each trip. 

To get from one place to another, we sail through the fjords or do a trip by sea. Depending on our schedule, these will be short stages with no more than a day on the way, no sailing during the night. Each evening we will be moored at a village or at anchor in a beautiful bay. This does not mean that we will sail all days, we will discuss this in group and will strongly depend on what the planned activities are.

The meteo in these areas plays a big role. As soon as the conditions do not allow it or a trip becomes uncomfortable, we stay moored. The aim of these sailing/hiking weeks is not to do as many sea miles as possible but to absorb the atmosphere, explore the culture or go into nature so that you can experience the Faroe Islands to the full, out of the ordinary!


On the first day of your trip, you will be expected on board in the afternoon. This gives everyone a chance to settle in quietly and get to know the crew and the other people on board. During dinner, together with the captain, we will discuss your interests and possibilities for this trip. Each week can have a different programme, we leave this up to you. 

On the last day, disembarkation is scheduled at 10.00 am, after breakfast.

We have set up the following journeys departing and arriving in Thorshavn:

Sunday 06/08/2023 - Sunday 13/08/2023 (if coming by ferry, disembarkation on Saturday evening). Information Trip 1
Sunday 13/08/2023 - Sunday 20/08/2023 (if coming by ferry, disembarkation on Saturday evening). Information Trip 2
Sunday 20/08/2023 - Sunday 27/08/2023 (if coming by ferry, disembarkation on Saturday evening). Information Trip 3
Backup: Sunday 27/08/2023 - Sunday 03/09/2023 (if sufficient interest)
We offer these journeys in full board. What is included and what is not can be found here.


Transport to and from the Faroe Islands is not included in our fare. There are two ways to get to the Faroe Islands:

  • By plane:
  • By ferry:
    • From Denmark directly to the Faroe Islands 
    • Smyrilline

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