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.
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, it is illegal to hike through the puffin land and to the lighthouse on your own. Everyone walking through the Ramsar area needs 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.
Second, there is a fee of 100kr for every traveller. This goes to the protection of the wildlife with research and maintaining the hiking path etc.
Third, 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.
To read more about the subject follow the link: visitfaroeislands.com/new-guidelines-mykines
It is possible to book the guide though us. The guide will pick you up when you arrive at Mykines and drop you off when the hike is done. The Guide we use is a local man that lives in Mykines, by using him we also support the job market in Mykines, which is close to zero with only one job post as the engine man. Which is very little considering there live 12 people in Mykines. In the summer he guides almost every day so the likely hood of having to pay for 2 (min. 2 pers.) is very little.
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