I am passionate about bringing the unique nature, history and magic of the Faroe Islands to a wider audience of discerning travelers and take a very conservationist approach to our tours. E.g. Heimdal Tours is one of the few authorised tour guide companies to take small groups of travelers to the island of Mykines in the Faroe Islands, which happens to be the home of the largest puffin colony in Europe. As such, we only take groups out between May and the end of August and we only take small groups so that we do not disrupt the bird colony and fragile nature. Also only going between May and August allows the few human inhabitants to go about there daily lives out of season. i believe that actually being here in the Faroe Islands allows us to give you experiences outside of the usual tourist trails, based on our local knowledge.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Day tours to the island of Mykines between May and end of August.
A selection of "Footsteps of the Vikings" Hiking tours ranging from 2 hour walks to full day hikes through stunning nature,
Day tours and Overnight tours to the beautiful southern island of Súðuroy, a 2 hour ferry ride from the capital, Tórshavn
Faroe Islands Highlights Tour taking in 4 of the most historic and picturesque village locations in one day.
How did you get involved in travel?
"Having spent many years in sales and customer service in a global industry then specifically in the travel hospitality business, I saw the need for a fresh new approach to offering a unique Faroe Islands experience to travelers, with the emphasis very much on the Viking history, Norse myths and legends, which then brings the stunning and dramatic nature of the islands alive together with being able to immerse themselves the unique daily life and culture by meeting the locals through home dining experiences and local activities."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I have traveled to many far off countries, however I will stick with the Faroe Islands as a unique travel destination, especially for an English person arriving for the first time to make these islands my new home. The unique experience of flying to the Faroe Islands starts at the check-in. Most frequent flyers, especially business travelers, will be used to the relative anonymity and solitude of aeroplane travel.
Standing in the check in queue, reading the print off the back of your passport to avoid eye contact with the other strangers in the queue, willing the check-in to be over quickly so you can ditch the baggage and move on to the tiresome, but necessary, routine of a gradual striptease at the security check.
Proceeding to the allotted gate number to join the other travellers, immediately burying their heads into various i-devices to re-inforce their imaginary solitude bubble, before shuffling on to the plane clutching the boarding pass, silently waiting to take your seat and being oh so patient with the person in front holding everyone up while they take an eternity to stow their belongings away on the shelf.
Finally taking your seat and immediately hiding behind a newspaper so you do not have to acknowledge the person next to you, all the time playing the “who can dominate the armrest” shuffle. Then settling down for a nice quiet, undisturbed flight.
I can assure you that the Atlantic Airways experience to Vágar Airport, Faroe Islands could not be more different!
The first thing to strike you will be the familiar greetings as new passengers, joining the check-in queue, recognise their neighbours, work colleagues, even relatives, so instantly the queue is made up of groups huddled in animated conversation and laughter.
You are flying to a country which has a population of under 50,000 residents, there is only one airline and the atmosphere from check-in to landing is one more akin to a family Sunday coach outing.
However, make no mistake, this is a high quality coach outing, especially since Atlantic Airways introduced the latest Airbus 319 to the fleet (with another Airbus 320 on order), so no cramped seating here, it’s luxury all the way, including free food and drinks.
The people of the Faroe Islands consider this their very own airline and having traveled with a few “no frills” airlines across Europe recently, I can confirm that there is a huge sigh of relief and contentment stepping on board a “proper” airline to take you back home.
Almost immediately after take-off you will hear the mass unclicking of seatbelts as Faroese passengers move instantly up and down the gangway to talk to their friends, family and colleagues and the plane is filled with noisy chatter all the way.
The air stewardesses are also Faroese and therefore known personally to most Faroese passengers, so be prepared for much friendly chat as the obligatory in-flight meal is served together with an abundance of liquid refreshment and complimentary alcoholic drinks. (Although the airline has since scrapped free food and drink in favour of cheaper fares, a subject of much speculation and debate on the islands right now).
Fully expect to be willing to reveal your life story and purpose of your visit to your neighbouring passenger as soon as they discover that you are a foreign visitor and do not be surprised to get off the plane with at least one invite to someone’s home.
If you are lucky enough to be travelling in the daytime, you will also have the delight of seeing the islands as they emerge through the cloud from the ocean below.
Always a magical experience, as if you are descending into a Tolkien landscape straight from Lord Of The Rings, the magic enhanced even further if you approach low over Sørvágsvatn, a large lake which looks as though it is emptying it’s overflow over the high cliffs into the mass of the North Atlantic.
The landing is always dramatic, it is a fairly short runway so lots of heavy breaking and do not be surprised to hear the passengers give out a hearty cheer on landing or even a round of applause.
I am still not sure if this is an outpouring of delight to be home or sheer relief.
The final act of the arrival experience is one that always warms the cockles of my heart.
Instead of the usual corporate scripted “welcome to blah blah blah airport”, the Atlantic Airways announcement is always simply…
Featured trips & expertise
See the best that the Faroe Islands have to offer. Stay in the small capital of Tórshavn, explore the historic village of Kirkjubøur, and visit the Viking Museum. Take a ferry to the islands of Mykines and Súðuroy to see a puffin colony and one of the oldest Viking battle sites. Stop to take in the views of the Mulaføssur waterfall then cozy up in a local cafe for a warm drink and to hear stories and legends from the locals.
From the small and cozy capital of Tórshavn to the historic villages of Kirkjubøur and Tjørnuvík, explore the cultural and natural highlights of the Faroe Islands. Visit the 14th-century Magnus Cathedral, take a ferry for a day trip to Mykines island, and explore Mulaføssur waterfall. End your trip with a visit the Vestmanna cliffs to see thousands of nesting seabirds.
Explore history and nature on this 7-day packed itinerary. See the small and cozy capital of Tórshavn, explore the historic village of Kirkjubøur, and see one of the oldest Viking burial grounds. Take a ferry for a day trip to Nólsoy and Suðuroy islands to visit a lighthouse, a battleground, and the Viking Museum. Take a trip to see the Mulaføssur waterfall and to the Vestmanna cliffs to see thousands of nesting seabirds.
Recent trip reviews for David
Trip to the faroe islands, the Faroe Islands - Aug 18 - Aug 18, 2018
David and the Heimdal Tours provided a fabulous full-day private tour for us. He was very knowledgeable of the history and explained the various sites that we saw in a clear and comprehensive conversation. We were very relaxed, did not feel rushed, and very satisfied with the amount of territory we covered. It truly was very well worth the cost. We can highly recommend you take advantage of this tour when visiting Faroe Islands.
Trip to the faroe islands and iceland, the Faroe Islands - Aug 3 - Aug 8, 2018
Our family of four engaged Heimdal Tours to show us Mykines Island. It was an amazing experience! Our guide Tummas was extremely knowledge about the history, flora and fauna, and the people of the Faroe Islands. It was a busy day with more than one ferry to Mykines, but, even with the additional crowds, we felt like the island was ours. We would highly recommend Heimdal Tours.
Falls in torshavn, the Faroe Islands - Jul 11 - Jul 11, 2018
David was an excellent guide, however; for the cost of this tour, there was ample time to stop for lunch at a local restaurant for a complimentary hot meal, in lieu of a sandwich from a convenient store with one bottle of water for the day. The van was a beautiful new vehicle, seating 4 comfortably (with room for two more in the rear seat). David is soft spoken so a wireless headset with speakers in the 2nd and 3rd row in his roomy VW van, is highly recommended. David listened to our... read more
Runavik to lake sorvagsvatn and return, the Faroe Islands - Jun 24 - Jun 24, 2018
David was great! Very knowledgeable and delivered exactly as promised. The weather did not cooperate but David made it great. We hiked several miles crossing hundreds of small streams and rocks to see a lake but the clouds never lifted. David was funny as well with his 'picture a rock cliff over there...'