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Culinary discoveries and Norse legends in the Faroe Islands

For a chic city-break, it’s got to be Copenhagen. But there’s so much more to this fashionable corner of the world than cobbled streets and innovative cuisine. For an extra dash of adventure, head to Denmark where this five-night cultural jaunt has been expertly curated by our Europe experts to give you a real taste of Danish life. Take in the culture of Copenhagen, with its wide array of museums and renowned foodie scene, before heading north to the Faroe Islands and discovering ancient Viking territory and mesmerising landscapes. A new and exciting destination, the Faroes are unique and home to dramatic landscapes, newly Michelin star honed restaurants and friendly locals. With so much to see and do (and eat) this trip is a real treat for the senses.

Culture, Cuisine & Castles

Your fairytale getaway begins in Copenhagen at the beautiful Nimb Hotel. Nestled within the mesmerising Tivoli Gardens, there is something magical about this historic hotel with a modern twist. With its prime location, it’s the perfect base from which to get to know this charming city. So take a stroll towards the Danish Design Museum, where exhibitions focus on a nuanced take on ‘good design’, and stop off on the way at some of the city’s historic landmarks, such as the Rococo designed Frederiks Kirke. In this culinary mecca of a city, be sure to swing by Torvehallerne and check out the famous market stalls which have become a firm favourite with locals. We love the thin, crispy pizza from Gorm’s and the decadent chocolate from Summerbird. It’ll be difficult – but try to save room for dinner as your culinary escapade continues that evening with dinner at BROR. Founded by alumni from the world famous Noma, expect the unexpected with an ever surprising take on Nordic cuisine.

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Whilst Copenhagen is undoubtedly a beautiful city, it’s also home to gorgeous coastline. You’ll spend tomorrow exploring North Sealand, affectionately known as the Danish Riviera. Start off at the impressive Kronborg Castle, the famous home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which has defended Denmark from unwanted visitors for years. But this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to another great protector, the mythical Holger Danske. Deep beneath the castle, this fearsome Dane sits atop a stone throne where, according to legend, he shall lie in wait until called upon to rise up and defend Denmark from great peril.

From fairytale castles to modern architecture, it’s onto the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. One of the most innovative museums in Denmark, this waterside gallery also hosts an impressive collection of modernist classics. Then for something a bit more traditional, you’ll visit PP Møbler for a Danish furniture masterclass that harks back to days of old, when the love of the craft was paramount. Finally, before heading back into Copenhagen, be sure to stop for gas. But Skovshoved isn’t just any old petrol station; designed by Arne Jacobsen, ogle at the architecture of this world famous petrol station, nicknamed ‘The Mushroom’, which has now become a national monument. After all the varying forms of artwork, you’ll have worked up quite an appetite so return to the hotel and enjoy dinner that evening at Nimb Brasserie, where classic Nordic cuisine is given a French twist.

Fair old Faroe

In the morning, you’ll head north from cosmopolitan Copenhagen to the rugged beauty of the Faroe Islands. Spend the next three nights at the modern Hotel Føroyar, with unrivalled views over the harbour of the Faroese capital of Tórshavn. Travel is all about the journey, so on your way to Tórshavn, be sure to stop off at Gásadalur – or Goose Valley. This amazing observation point will give you a real taste of the breath-taking scenery that awaits you on these unique islands. Trust us, it’s a whole new definition of ‘untouched archipelago’ up here. A country in their own right, but part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands keep up the Danish reputation for fine dining; so enjoy dinner that evening at Barbara Restaurant. A cosy spot in a charming old house, you’ll be treated to some of the best and freshest seafood you’ll ever taste.

Tomorrow, explore more of Faroe’s landscapes as you drive to the stunning Saksun Lagoon. Nestled in a natural amphitheater of steep fells, this tiny village, home to just 14 people (and a fair few more sheep) also boasts a charming little church that’s worth seeing…if you can. You’ll see what we mean when you get there. From Saksun, carry onto the ever-so slightly bigger village of Gjógv for a glimpse into rural Faroese life, as well as views of the majestic 200m long sea-filled gorge. It’s without doubt our top pick for a picnic spot. In the evening, head to Kirkjubøur and check out the cathedral remains of one of the most important cultural monuments on the island, before tucking into a delicious dinner at Áarstova. Their Faroese lamb is some of the best on the island is not to be missed.

Viking Ships and Norse Tales

With 18 major islands making up the Faroe Islands, there is a lot of land (and sea) to explore. The best way to do it? Without doubt, on-board the Norðlýsið ship. Set sail on this old fishing boat and discover the magic of these mystical islands as you carve your way through the icy seas. Or for a slightly different perspective, head up into the air in a helicopter and take in the stunning views of the islands from above. Dinner this evening is a real treat at one of the most well-respected Nordic restaurants – KOKS. Inspired by the Faroese landscape, you can really taste the islands in these innovative dishes.

On your final morning in the Faroe Islands, head out on a guided walking tour of Tórshavn and its beautiful harbour. As you stroll through the old town of Tinganes, your expert guide will enchant you with ancient fables of this historic city. Whilst still holding onto strong cultural heritage and virtues, the islands are beginning to take their first steps towards modernisation, and it shows in Tórshavn. Check out the city’s modern-side where, with quirky design shops and hip cafes, the Faroe Islands are really beginning to embrace Scandi style. Your final stop is Steinprent, an incredible lithographic workshop, producing works for many famous artists, which puts on some truly fascinating exhibitions. It’s the perfect place to end your foray into Faroe.

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