Mykineshólmur

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Island:
Mykines
Difficulty:
Moderate Hike
Length:
2 - 5 KM
Pref. Wind:
East

The owner have outsource the guard to hiking.fo in the period where it is premitted to access the restricted area. In this period (11.00 – 17.00) it is permitted to access the restricted area without guide.

Start hiking from the village sign, which shows the path out to Mykineshólmur. The first leg goes uphill
following the green grass path that has been tread for centuries. Where the terrain becomes flat again,
you are reminded of how tough life can be on this rocky island. Here, you see the memorial monument

for those who have died at sea or fallen off the mountain cliffs through the ages.The stone was erect-
ed in 1939.
Follow the path and after a few hundred metres, turn down to your right, away from the mountain ridge. It
may feel very steep here, but the path is safe and good to walk on. As you approach the bridge, you
will come to the area Lambi, which is one of the largest areas in the Faroe Islands where puffins nest.
The area is filled with thousands of caves, which the puffins call home. It is very rare to experience birds
as closely as you do in Mykines. They stand right in front of your feet and fly close past you.

You then come to the 35 metre high suspension bridge. Feel the butterflies in your stomach when you
cross and do not forget to look down into the waves. Turn your attention towards the mountainsides where
there are birds everywhere: Gannets, Puffins, Kittiwakes and Fulmars. Their echoes reverberate in
the rocks - a concert hall is no match for this music. On the islet is a magnificent view of the west and
south of the Faroe Islands where you can see Vágar,Hestur, Koltur, the southwestern part of Streymoy,
Sandoy, Skúvoy, Stóra Dímun, Lítla Dímun and Suðuroy. Follow the path diagonally uphill and proceed out to
the lighthouse. If you are curious and unafraid, you can walk closer to the cliff and follow it out to the
lighthouse. However, be careful, because the cliff is very steep down to the sea. Gannets (which have a
special fondness for Mykineshólmur) sit on the rocky ledges. Indeed, this is the only place in the Faroe
Islands that is home to the Gannet. From here, you also have a view of the beautiful mountains in the
north of Streymoy.
In the past, three families lived in Mykineshólmur. Their task was to tend to the lighthouse. During World
War II, this was a dangerous and exposed occupation because German planes often attacked the light-
house. On the slope, about 200 metres from the lighthouse, are the remains of the old shelters that
the families used during the bombings. In 1970,the lighthouse became fully automated and the last
people left around this time.
It is a special feeling to come out to the lighthouse and stand on the westernmost point of the FaroeIslands. The lighthouse was built in 1909. During construction, the first bridge was built to Mykines-
hólmur. By the lighthouse, you have the most amazing view over the protruding rocks where the Gannetslive. At sea, you have the fishing grounds where the Faroese have fished for centuries.
When you return, you can choose to go the way you came, or you can go down past the lighthouse and
find the path back further down.

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Pól Sundskarð

Pól is born in 1957 and grew up in Klaksvík, Faroe Islands. As a youth Pól already showed his skills as a proven sportsman in many different categories. The interest for extreme sport started at a relative late level in his life. In 2015 Pól ran 526 km in 5 days, and the same year he and his wife Bjørg, as the fist couple in the Faroes, climbed all 340 faroese mountains.
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