Torshavn cruises

There are few smaller capital cities in the world than Torshavn, whose name - literally 'Thor's harbour' - suggests its Viking heritage. It has plenty of character, especially the colourfully painted wooden houses of the old town with turfed roofs, and their modern counterpart - the Norse House constructed from gleaming glass with a grassy top.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Faroe Islands Schooner Sail

    Enjoy the nature and scenery of the Faroe Islands as you surge through crest-blown waves on an impressive Schooner.

    Faroe Islands Schooner Sail

    A warm welcome awaits you from the Captain as you board your twin-masted, restored schooner, Norðlýsið (Northern Lights). After a safety briefing, you’ll set off on your sailing adventure along the rugged coastline.

    Look out for the multitude of seabirds such as fulmars and gannets, which you are likely to encounter during your journey and as you sail alongside Nolsoy Island you may be treated to scenes of darting puffins.

    Breathe in the fresh sea air as you admire the dramatic scenery of rising sea cliffs, some of which rise 1150 feet out of the sea.


    This excursion will operate by schooner. This tour is weather dependent and may have to be cancelled at the last minute should conditions be unfavourable. Warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, binoculars and bottled water are highly recommended. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. There is a short coach transfer to join the schooner. There are six steps to access the toilets.

    Tour code

    TOR_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Scenic Faroes & Pancakes

    Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Faroe Islands before stopping at a quaint fishing village to sample some tasty pancakes.

    Scenic Faroes & Pancakes

    Embark on a scenic northerly drive, passing idyllic villages and the old whaling station at Áir, before crossing ‘the only bridge over the Atlantic’ to Eysturoy – the 2nd largest island in the Faroes. Pass the village of Eiði and look out for the two distinctive rock formations rising from the sea, the Giant and the Hag, before continuing past Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, to the village of Gjógv.

    Gjógv, named after its 650 foot long sea-filled gorge, provides a marvellous natural harbour for the local fishing fleet to shelter in. Enjoy refreshments of traditional pancakes, served with coffee and tea at a local guesthouse. After your refreshments, you’ll have the chance to sit back and relax in the warm, or wander through the pretty little fishing village to admire the gorge.

    Taking the mountain road back to Tórshavn, you’ll stop at a viewpoint overlooking the capital for the chance to photograph the surrounding panorama.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Most of the sights are seen from the comfort of the coach; however there is an approximate five to ten minute walk to reach the refreshment venue. There will be around 45 minutes of free time to explore Gjógv at your own leisure therefore the amount of walking is at your discretion.

    Tour code

    TOR_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Traditional Villages

    Experience the scenic beauty of the Faroe Islands and discover the charms of three local villages.

    Traditional Villages

    Drive through dramatic scenery, past a charming mountain tarn (lake) and see the hand-built salmon ladders leading to the beautiful Lake Leynar before visiting three traditional villages of the Faroe Islands: Leynar, Kvívík and Kollafjørður.

    Leynar is a quaint village set amidst some of the Faroes most splendid scenery. Here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to see one of the local wood-turners at work. Watch as he crafts pieces of wood into beautiful pieces for use around the home.

    Kvívík is one of the oldest settlements in the Faroes and the site of an ancient Viking settlement. In the middle of the village you’ll be able to see the remnants of a 10th century stone Viking farmhouse and barn.

    Kollafjørður is a small village located in an inlet on the east coast. Visit the Faroese Parish Church, built in 1837, which is central to this small community. This unusual black wooden building has a unique turf roof, complete with daisies.

    Your scenic journey back to Tórshavn takes you through tunnels and along a stunning fjord.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking over mainly flat and gravelled ground, with ten steps at the wood-turner’s workshop. There are two tunnels, the longest of which is approximately 1½ miles.

    Tour code

    TOR_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3¼ hours

  • Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

    A highlight of any visit to the Faroe Islands, is a boat trip to the bird cliffs and grottoes.

    Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

    Embark on a scenic drive to the village of Vestmanna, where you’ll board a boat and head out to the famous Vestmanna Sea cliffs.

    All your senses will awaken with the sound of sea birds, the salty scent of the sea and its cool spray on your face. Admire the stunning weather-beaten cliff formations and the raucous riot of squawking birds who call the sea cliffs home. You'll cruise along the cliff wall, into a narrow gorge where sheer craggy rock faces rise vertically on both sides, towards the sky. The boat will slowly enter one of the many grottoes, and for a moment daylight disappears. Darkness and the sound of dripping water surrounds you and then, you emerge on the other side. The boat will stop for a while so you can capture the stunning scenery on camera.

    After the boat trip, return to Tórshavn via the mountain road and stop at the viewpoint looking over the capital.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. Guests are advised to wear warm layered clothing and take a rainproof jacket, in case of inclement weather. Helmets will be provided for guests to wear whilst inside the grotto.

    Tour code

    TOR_009

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Fjord & Sea Safari by RIB

    Experience the scenic delights of the Faroe Islands on an exhilarating RIB ride.

    Fjord & Sea Safari by RIB

    Combine the untamed natural beauty of the Faroe Islands coastline with the excitement of a thrilling RIB ride. On arrival at your RIB, you’ll receive an orientation and safety briefing before being kitted out with a survival suit and lifejacket.

    Begin your adventure with an exhilarating ride out into the dazzling waters where your experienced Captain will engage in a series of manoeuvres to demonstrate the RIB's capabilities before cruising at speeds of up to 50 knots over the open water.

    Absorb the scenic coastline with its high sea cliffs as you speed through the stunning fjords. Weather permitting your RIB will weave into some of the hidden grottoes and between the freestanding cliffs and rocks. These stunning rocks rise over 1,800 feet above the waves and you may be able to spot some of the 40 breeding species of sea birds that live here.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by rigid inflatable boat. The RIB ride lasts approximately one hour. This excursion is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. Survival suits and lifejackets are provided and must be worn. Guests should wear warm, layered clothing and flat footwear. The outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Gloves, a warm hat and a scarf are also recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

    Tour code

    TOR_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Tórshavn Panorama

    Enjoy a leisurely drive through the spectacular scenery of the Faroe Islands.

    Tórshavn Panorama

    Travel up the scenic, ridge-top road to a viewpoint overlooking the vibrant capital city of Tórshavn, before taking a leisurely drive north through the varied, dramatic and beautiful scenery of the Faroe Islands.

    There will be a photograph stop at a viewpoint overlooking the valley and the tiny village of Norðradalur, where on a clear day you can also see the Island of Koltur.

    As your coach winds its way down into the valley, you’ll be able to see the fjords opening up on either side and several colourful little villages dotted around. There will be a brief stop at two of the loveliest villages to take photographs. The villages are among the oldest settlements in the Faroe Islands and are characterised by their colourful wooden houses and green turf roofs.

    The route back to Tórshavn will take you through a tunnel and alongside the fjord.


    This excursion will operate by coach, with The majority of sightseeing conducted from the comfort of your coach.

    Tour code

    TOR_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Island of Vágar

    Enjoy a panoramic drive around the lovely, traditional villages of picturesque Vágar Island.

    Island of Vágar

    Travel north from Tórshavn through an undersea tunnel to the scenic island of Vágar. Vágar Island has 3 large villages (Miðvágur, Sandavágur, Sørvágur) and three small ones (Bøur Gásadalur, Vatnsoyrar). Immerse yourself in culture and scenery as you visit some of these delightful villages.

    Your first stop is at Sandavágur, a well-kept historic village where excavations have uncovered ruins from the Middle Ages. Visit the distinctive red-roofed Sandavágur Church where the Sandavágur stone, a 13th century rune stone with a runic description is displayed. Afterwards, your scenic drive continues past the villages of Sørvágur, and Vatnsoyrar, a new village founded in 1921. It is the only village in the archipelago that is not on the coast, and it sits alongside the large lake of Sørvagsvatn.

    You’ll soon arrive at Bøur, an old fishing village, which is considered to be one of the oldest villages in the Faroes; the views out to sea are among the most beautiful in the Faroe Islands. Follow your guide as they lead you on an optional walking tour of Bøur. Admire the magnificent view over the sea and the rocky islet Tindholmur with its many peaks. The village has charming old wooden houses and a traditional old tar-blackened church from 1865. Your final visit is at Gásadalur, a remote village with less than 20 inhabitants. It lies on the edge of the Mykines Fjord and is accessed through a mountain tunnel.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes some optional guided walks, over some slight inclines and gravelled ground.

    Tour code

    TOR_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Sagas & Legends

    Delve deeper to discover a country with its own language, its own history, and its own distinctive culture.

    Sagas & Legends

    Embark on a journey to the Island of Eysturoy, past the small village of Eiði to a viewpoint overlooking Eiðiskollur, a 1125 foot high sea cliff. A stop here will provide beautiful vistas over the sea, surrounding islands and the two distinctive sea stacks, known as ‘The Giant and the Hag’. Hear about the old legend which relates to the origin of these large stacks which rise 246 foot from the sea.

    Crossing over the mountains, you’ll arrive at a stop overlooking the town of Funningur. Tradition says that the first Vikings on the island settled here. Look out for the quaint wooden turf-roofed Funningur Church which stands at the water's edge and dates back to 1847.

    Continue on to the historic area of Gøta, home to Tróndur í Gøtu, a heathen Viking-chief who once ruled all of the islands. A visit to the Gøta Museum will provide a unique insight into the culture and way of life in the Faroes in past centuries. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to see a complete, old, Faroese village community complete with old farmer's cottages, fisherman's cottages and an ancient church.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour over mainly flat and gravelled ground.

    Tour code

    TOR_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours