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.
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 the protection of the wildlife with research and maintaining the hiking path etc. This fee can be paid on hiking.fo
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
On Visit Faroe Islands’ page there is a list of providers that offer a guide for the hike to the islet of Mykines and the Ramsar area: visitfaroeislands.com/guidelines-mykines