Hiking trip Tjørnuvík - Saksun
Join our beautiful and popular hiking trip between Tjørnuvík – Saksun
This hiking trip begins in the village Tjørnuvík and ends in Saksun.
Tjørnuvík, the densely settled village is a very beautiful and charming part of the Faroe Islands. Tjørnuvík is the northernmost village on Streymoy in Sunda Municipality. The population is around 64 people.
The hike ends in Saksun, which is a picturesque village at the bottom of what was once an inlet surrounded by steep mountains. The inlet formed a deep tranquil natural harbour. However, a storm blocked it with sand and created the lake you will see below the village instead of the old inlet. There is an old farm Dúvugarður, which predates the 17th century, which offers a glimpse of how the Faroese lived in the old days. Before leaving, you will also see the Saksun church built in 1858.
On this hike, if the weather is permitting, we have views of Slættaratindur and Gráfelli, which, with respective heights of 880 and 856 meters, are the two highest mountains in the Faroe Islands. The characteristic stone pillars, the Giant and the Witch, are also visible. Old Faroese folklore tells how, once upon a time, the giants in Iceland were envious and decided that they wanted the Faroes. Therefore, the giant and the witch were sent down to the Faroe Islands to bring them back. They reached the north-westernmost mountain Eiðiskollur, and the giant stayed in the sea while the witch climbed up the mountain with a heavy rope to tie the islands together so that she could push them onto the giant's back. However, when she attached the rope to the mountain and pulled, the northern part of the mountain split. Further attempts were also unsuccessful, and they struggled through the night, but the base of the mountain was firm and they could not move it. If the sun shines on a giant or witch, it turns to stone. They continued to struggle, and didn’t notice time passing, and as dawn broke, a ray of sunlight put a stop to their efforts by turning them to stone on the spot. They have stood there ever since, staring longingly across the ocean towards Iceland.
We also have a view of the village Eiði that has a population of 669 inhabitants. Vikings settled Eiði in the 9th century AD. In the centre of the village there is a large stone church from 1881.
From Tjørnuvíksskarð and down to the village Saksun we get a fantastic view of the beautiful lagoon surrounded by sand in the fjord. The high mountains give the area some mystery, but not least unimaginable beauty.
See a review (with pictures) of the first tour from Tjørnuvík to Saksun we had this season here.
- Saksun, Tjørnuvík
- Day of Week
- 6 hours (4 hour hike)
- Bus and guide
- Available in season
- Available in the period
- Pick Up
- Hotel Føroyar, Oyggjarvegur 45, Tórshavn at 12:50 / Tórshavn Bus terminal, Eystara Bryggja at 13:00
- Level of difficulty
- Mostly grass path
- Price per person
- EUR 81 / DKK 598
- Danish and English
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