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Cycling the Faroes

By Alpkit
20, Oct, 2017

Sam, Tom, Sam and Toby try their luck with the weather

Cycling along a road in the Faroe Islands

I was adamant that we weren’t making our way to the Faroe Islands to be able to dangle our boots over a cliff edge, take an instagram over the sea and tell people that we’d got lost and embraced our sense of ‘adventure’.

No. We were headed to the Faroes to ride our bikes and take in as much of those magical islands as our eyes could (and legs would let us) see. Fast forward 8 hours in Copenhagen airport, one of the best commercial airline flights into a country ever and a logistical luggage nightmare with the amount of boxers I’d packed later, and there we were. Sat dangling our legs over a cliff edge, our phones at the ready and embracing our sense of adventure. Damn you, Faroes.

Sad Needham and friends waiting for their flight in the ariport

Getting ready to ride straight out of the airport

Cycling up a cliff top in the Faores

Cyling along another road in the Faroe Islands

And there began our far too short tour of those steep and green islands. What those three days would then entail would quite possibly be the most cruisey, brew fuelled, laugh-buckled ride between the best wild camp spots you could hope for. I feel I should be telling you of harrowing battles with head winds, sharp Northern rains and wet sandwiches. Bike packing in the North shouldn’t be anything but, right? But I can’t. What I can tell you, is that we had the only three days of sunshine the Faroes are allotted annually and we did our best to ditch the sandwiches in favour of local snack delicacies; dried fish biscuits. Thank you, Faroes. I think.

Cycling in the Faore Islands along a road

Cycling up another road in the Faroe Islands

Off-road Bikepacking in the Faroes

Off-road bikepacking in the faroes

Food in the Faroes

Off-road bikepacking in the Faroes - pushing the bikes

Wild camping with the Ordos and Cloud Base in the Faore Islands

Wild camping in the Faroes: Lit up Ordos Tents

Sunset in the Faroes

We never set out to conquer the islands, or to ride to places so far from reach that our souls would start to hurt. Our plan was to have very little of said plan at all, which we all know well, makes for the best times on the bike.

Dawn in the Faroe Islands

Dawan at the Faroe Islands

Through the towns in the Faroes: bikepacking tour

Bike Packing along a cliff in the Faroes

Bike packing the Faroe Islands

Fishermen in the Faroe Islands

Honestly, we had hopes of getting truly lost across where ever our bikes would take us, eventually with the hope that we’d get taken in by the locals for a night of homebrew, most likely fish stew and a guitar by the fire. The fact of the matter is, those islands are pretty small. And as it turned out, harder than we’d expected to get between by bike. It’s not that a 5km tunnel under the water with no shoulder to ride in and a mob of less than patient truck drivers would put us off island hopping. It didn’t. But the 12km tunnel didn’t quite take our fancy and nor did the ‘law’ really fancy us doing that either. So there we were, kind of stuck between two islands, in a very happy place for three days either side of the best plane journey you’ll ever have.

A map of the Faroe Islands

Cycling along the tunnel between islands in the Faroe Islands

Emerging from the Tunnel between two islands in the Faroe Islands

In search of a wild Camping spot

Wild camping with the Ordos in the Faroe Islands

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In pictures

Cycling along a road in the Faroe Islands
Sad Needham and friends waiting for their flight in the ariport
Getting ready to ride straight out of the airport
Cycling up a cliff top in the Faores
Cyling along another road in the Faroe Islands
Food in the Faroes
A map of the Faroe Islands
Cycling along the tunnel between islands in the Faroe Islands
Emerging from the Tunnel between two islands in the Faroe Islands
In search of a wild Camping spot
Wild camping with the Ordos in the Faroe Islands
Cycling up another road in the Faroe Islands
Cycling in the Faore Islands along a road
Wild camping with the Ordos and Cloud Base in the Faore Islands
Wild camping in the Faroes: Lit up Ordos Tents
Off-road Bikepacking in the Faroes
Off-road bikepacking in the faroes
Off-road bikepacking in the Faroes - pushing the bikes
Sunset in the Faroes
Through the towns in the Faroes: bikepacking tour
Bike Packing along a cliff in the Faroes
Bike packing the Faroe Islands
Fishermen in the Faroe Islands
Dawn in the Faroe Islands
Dawan at the Faroe Islands

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Kevin "Cozzy" Collins
The Faroe Islands

My wife is from the Faroe Islands and I have been many times and it really is an amazingly rugged fresh wonderfully breath taking country.

I am currently looking to get bike packing kit and have just stumbled over this lovely article.

I've rode on road and off road in the Faroes. You were lucky to get those 3 summer days....!!!!! It's taken me 24 years to get 2 ...!!!!!!!

The wind is normally brutal being exposed in the North Atlantic.

I would love to bike camp there next time.

The roads and views are endlessly fantastic. The people are so friendly.

The beers and food glorious.

Here's to next time.

Kev Cozzy Collins

Nick
this

is unbelievably awesome. Have dreamed of going to Faroe Islands. Planning now!

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