Important information about Mykines
Hiking on 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. To read more about the Puffins and bird-watching in general please follow this link.
Mykines – a Ramsar site
Ramsar is an intergovernmental treaty on protecting wetlands of global importance, including bird cliffs. Ramsar sites are to be managed sustainably, the natural environment 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 travellers from all over the world wanting to go to this small delicate area, there has been installed safety measures to limit the number of people going to this Ramsar area and to protect this wildlife.
These measures are implemented by a few rules:
First, there is a fee of 100kr for every traveller. This goes to maintenance of the nature, protecting the birdlife, creating and maintaining walking paths, etc. Pay the fee before arriving on Mykines at: hiking.fo You will be required to show a receipt for this payment when you arrive in Mykines. Make sure you have booked your ticket to Mykines by boat or helicopter before you pay the fee.
Second, at certain times of the day there needs to be no people in the Puffin area. This to give the birds a few brakes during the day. This means, that you are only allowed to walk outside the village of Mykines between 11-17.
Lastly, the demand for the mandatory guide has been let go. Nevertheless, we always recommend everyone walking through the Ramsar area and to the lighthouse to be accompanies by a certified guide. This is to ensure that the travellers disturb the wildlife as little as possible by walking on the paths and not to linger too long, so it disturbs the birds. The Puffins nest under the ground right next to the path, it is therefore very important to know where to walk and not to linger. Another advantage of a guide gives you the best experience in regards of local knowledge and storytelling.
To read more about the subject follow the link: visitfaroeislands.com/guidelines-mykines
To read more about the islet of Mykines and the guided hike that we offer please follow this link.