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Mykines

Mykines is the westernmost of the 18 main islands of the Faroese Archipelago and called the 'Paradise of Birds'.

© Tommy Kwak

Highlights of Mykines

Mykines is a truly amazing place. It is without a doubt the most sacred and fragile of all the places in the Faroe Islands that people can go. It is filled with everything unspoiled nature has to offer and is one of the few Ramsar areas (areas of special wetland conservation). With thousands of wild seabirds, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets and many many more. Not to mention all the land-based birds that live there as well. Puffins and bird watching are the main attraction on Mykines.

The main attraction on Mykines is the guided hike to the islet Mykineshólmur, a much loved tourist attraction. The eventful journey to the islet will take you through steep climbs, a walk through an area highly populated with puffins, to the lighthouse at the end of the world.

© Guilherme Romano

Suggested Itineraries in Mykines

Trail of the Vikings

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Trail of the Vikings

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Getting there

We recommend that you visit Mykines at the beginning of your trip to the Faroe Islands because it is possible to be detained on the island by weather. This rarely happens, but can never be ruled out completely.

There are two ways to reach Mykines; Boat and Helicopter. In the summer – from May 1. until August 31. the boat “Jósup” sails to Mykines every day when weather conditions allow. Day tours by speedboat are also arranged twice a day.

The Helicopter flies all year round – if the weather allows.

© David Doracek

Climate

First of all, we always recommend you to go to Mykines at the beginning of your journey because it is possible to be stuck on Mykines because of weather. This rarely happens, but it always happens a few times every year. Furthermore, we recommend you to have alternative plans if the conditions are too bad to moor at Mykines.

The harbour in Mykines is a natural one and is located at a place where the sea is very rough. Therefore, it can be very difficult to moor on Mykines. Cancelations of the boat are therefore not uncommon. The weather we cannot control, and cancelations can be up until the very last minute. This is also the reason that the boat only sails in the months with best weather (mai-august).

Birdwatching

For birdwatchers, Mykines is a must see when visiting the Faroe Islands. It is difficult to get closer to the birds than when walking through the large colonies of puffins on the sea facing hillside, passing cliffs filled with kittiwakes and gannets.

If it is land birds you are looking for, the moorlands of Vágar are an excellent place to start. The birdsong you hear when crossing the plains is a dead giveaway of what to expect: the songs of whimbrels, snipes and oystercatchers will catch your ears as soon as you are out in the open, along with many more.

Puffins are the main attraction of Mykines. There are very few places where you can get this close to Puffins as the area along the southern coast of Mykines.

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