The village of Mykines
Mykines is the only village on the island by the same name. Although there are more than 40 houses in the village there are only 11 permanent residents, and for 8 months per year their only way out is by helicopter. With no grocery shop being on the island, the islanders also rely on the helicopter to bring provisions to last them through the long winter.
However, during the four months in summertime when the ferry sails out twice a day, Mykines turns into a vibrant village that is bursting with life. It is a popular holiday destination for travelers from the mainland, and during summertime the number of residents drastically increases.
Hiking and Sightseeing in Mykines
Mykines is a truly amazing place. It is without a doubt the most sacred and fragile of all the places in the Faroe Islands that people can go. It is filled with everything unspoiled nature has to offer and is one of the few Ramsar areas. With thousands of wild seabirds, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets and many many more. Not to mention alt the land-based birds that live there as well. Puffins and bird watching are the main attraction on Mykines.
Because of the growing pressure from the steadily increasing number of travellers from all over the world wanting to go to this small delicate area, there has been installed safety measures to minimize the disturbing and protect the wildlife.
In addition to this there are also a variety of sightseeing spots on the island.
Transport and Accommodation
If you are considering visiting Mykines we always recommend you to go in the beginning of your journey to the Faroe Islands. Because it is possible to be stuck on Mykines because of weather. This rarely happens, but it always happens a few times every year. It is also recommendable that you familiarize yourself with the weather conditions on Mykines.
During high season there are two options for transport to Mykines Helicopter and Boat. Regarding to accommodation in Mykines there are a few options available. To read more about these follow the respective links.
Do and About
The main attraction on Mykines is the guided hike to the islet Mykineshólmur, a much loved tourist attraction. The eventful journey to the islet will take you through steep climbs, a walk through an area highly populated with puffins, to the lighthouse at the end of the world.
On Mykines there are two Café’s that offer light snacks, meals and beverages. It is also possible to pre-order a breakfast or packed lunch.
One of Faroe Islands most renowned artists, Sámal Joensen-Mikines, was also born and lived most of his life on the island of Mykines, as well as some legends are attached to the Island, The three gifts for Mykines being the most famous one.