Mykines - Mandatory guide and hiking fee
When and where
The hike will start at schoolyard upon arrival to the island. No matter if you go with the ferry at 9.15 am or 01.15 pm.
This tour does not include a seat on the ferry. We recommend that you book the ferry on www.mykines.fo before you continue to book this tour.
Meet the puffins and the breathtaking nature
This tour is a public tour with local guides arranged by the landowners. The groups are typically 15-20 people. On this tour you will see all the popular destinations on the island and experience the rich bird population, breathtaking beautiful nature and a perfect idyllic village.
On arrival you go up to the village where you will meet our guides who will explain the tour and practical things that must be clarified. It is also where the tour starts.
The tour starts at the school and we will leave the village going north to “Grótvalaportrið” before we continue to the edge. Along the edge you will have a great view over breathtaking cliffs, village and puffins that sit along the route. We pass Óli Rama a popular puffin viewpoint and the memorial monument over men who have lost their life at sea or in the mountains. Before going back to village we will end "á Rógvu" where you will have spetacular view over the the largest puffin colony in Faroe Islands and spot the gannets which only nest in Mykines.
To protect the slowly growing puffin population we have decided to keep the path to the lighthouse closed. This will give the puffins, the best possible conditions during the nesting period.
Make sure you are dressed for changing weather and wear good non-slippery walking shoes or boots.
Sustainable tourism with respect to local community
This tour is arranged by the landowners and the net income will fund the development of the village and island in order to protect and preserve the nature, bird- and wildlife and the local community. I.e., by construction and maintenance of trails, rebuilding old stone fences and so on.
MYKINES - A RAMSAR SITE
Ramsar is an intergovernmental treaty on protecting wetlands of global importance, preserved, the area utilized sensibly, and measures should be taken to protect the environment.
Because of the growing pressure from the steadily increasing number of travelers from all over the world wanting to go to this small delicate area, safety measures are installed to limit the number of people going to this Ramsar area and to protect this wildlife.
Terms and conditions
Please remember to book the boat tour separately to make sure you can come back and forth to Mykines. Go to www.mykines.fo for booking.
The price for the hiking tour is DKK 400 for each traveler 15 years and older. If you book and pay the tour on www.hiking.fo no later than the day before the price is DKK 400. Full refund if cancelled due to bad weather.
When paid on arrival on Mykines the price is DKK 500. Children under 15 years of age are free.
To protect the nature, bird- and wildlife this tour is only open for tourist between 10 am and 5 pm and the number of tourists limited as well.
Guidelines for Mykines
We want you to enjoy our beautiful island and its treasures as much as we do.
To help us preserve it for the future we ask you to follow these guidelines while you are visiting.
Precautions to take when travelling in the puffin colony
The puffins (and all the other birds and don´t forget the sheep) need their rest so you are only allowed to walk outside Mykines village between 10:00 am and 17:00 pm.
Always stay on the trail. There are nesting puffins under your feet
When the puffins come to land (end of April/beginning of May) they start preparing their burrow. A burrow is a hole or a tunnel that can be over a meter deep in the terrain used by nesting puffins.
When walking in areas where puffins burrow, please be aware of where you step. You should always stick to the trail and refrain from stopping on the trail, to cause as little disruption as possible.
Do not linger
Baby puffins are called pufflings. They hatch out of the eggs in July, but for the first few weeks they don’t leave the burrow. They usually leave the burrow in mid-August.
If you make stops on the trail it keeps the puffins away from their pufflings because they are afraid, and this can lead to starvation of the pufflings.
If you see a "Sildberi", which is a puffin that carries sand launces (fish), it's probably on its way to feed its young. So if you see a puffin with fish in the beak sitting in front of you for a long time you are probably blocking the access to its nest. Please step away.
Please be quiet as possible and always stay minimum 2 meters from the puffins.
It is absolutely forbidden to reach inside puffin nests and touch or grab puffins and it's also absolutely forbidden to take pictures inside puffin nests.
If you see any such behaviour please contact a guide or a local.
Last but not least - Please respect the locals and private property
You are welcome to enjoy a walk through the village, but please do not do any of the following without permission:
· take pictures of people.
· step inside people's homes or look through their windows or take pictures.
· climb any stone- or wire fences.
Please do not litter and please bring back your litter to the main island.
The puffins thank you for picking up litter that you find in the nature.