Spectacular beauty. It is as simple as that.
The hike from the old solitary Mykines village with turf-roofed houses to the lighthouse at the end of the the islet of Mykineshólmur is truly something special – an otherworldly experience at the edge of this world. This secluded island, with its rolling hills and precipitous cliffs, has deservedly become a traveller’s favourite.
Enjoy tremendous views of the ocean to the west and other islands to the east as you walk across the island dubbed the “paradise of birds” because of its magnificent and rich bird life, including hundreds of cute puffins nestled in burrows in the clifftops during the summer months.
Mykines, with approximately 10 year-long inhabitants, is geographically the Faroe’s most westerly outpost.
Between 1 May and 31 August, each person traveling to Mykines must pay DKK 100 if they wish to travel beyond the small village area (this includes the hike out to the lighthouse at the end of the island, Mykineshólmur). The money collected is earmarked for maintenance of the birdlife and nature on the island. The fee can be paid by visiting mykines.fo.
It is recommended that you book a local guide. We recommend that you contact one of these incoming agencies or local guides for more information if you plan on visiting Mykines:
To book a ferry to Mykines and/or to pay for access to the hike through the puffin colony out to Mykineshólmur, visit mykines.fo.
To book a one-way helicopter flight to Mykines, visit atlantic.fo.
The hike through the puffin colony which leads to Mykineshólmur is sensitive to weather conditions.
To protect the environment and birdlife in the area, this part of the hike might be closed if weather conditions are not suitable. In any case, you will be able to hike a section of the path, at least to an area that looks over the puffin colony. So don’t worry, you’ll see puffins either way!
Decisions regarding hiking on this part of the trip will be made each morning. For more information, contact [email protected].