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Faroe Islands & IcelandExploration at the World's Edge

Travel abroad this summer on an adventurous student travel program to the Faroe Islands, where puffins congregate and waterfalls tumble directly into the sea. On these 18 islands in the North Atlantic, enjoy the warm hospitality and culture of the Faroese as you explore their home by land, sea, and air. En route, spend three days among Iceland’s glaciers, geysers, and volcanoes.


July 17–July 31, 2023July 3–July 17, 2023
15 days
$ 6,990 + airfare
Departs from New York
14-16 students, 2 leaders


  • Hike to a lighthouse overlooking cliffside colonies of puffins
  • Travel to an isolated islet the only way possible—by sailboat or helicopter
  • Get up close with Iceland’s glaciers, geysers, and volcanoes 
  • Rappel down sea cliffs and explore hidden caves

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This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

  • Departure
  • Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your leaders in New York, and fly together to Reykjavik, Iceland. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here

  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 3 days

Arrive to Reykjavik, Iceland’s bustling capital, for your introduction to island life. Get to know your group and leaders during an in-depth group orientation. Explore the Settlement Museum to learn about Viking migration to Iceland and the Faroes. See the country’s famous geysers, waterfalls, and glaciers, up close and personal.

  • Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • 3 days

Travel to the heart of the Faroes’ 18 islands and use the capital city as your base for exploration. Walk the ninth-century streets of the Tinganes Peninsula, home to the country’s parliament. Learn about the whales, sea birds, and wildlife that flock to these islands and help the Faroese sustain a traditional way of life. Hike past puffin colonies and lighthouses, then rappel down cliffs to reach secret caves. Dive into Faroese culture through in-home dinners, cultural presentations, and meetings with local students.

  • Outlying Islands, Faroe Islands
  • 2 days

Visit some of the smallest Faroese islands, with populations in the single digits. Learn what life feels like surrounded by cliffs and ocean. Practice traditional crafts with the families that make a living here. Stay nearby at a family-run guesthouse.

  • Vágar, Faroe Islands
  • 5 days

Travel back across the country, returning along the way to Tórshavn to celebrate Ólavsøka, the country’s 2-day national holiday, with boat races, parades and festivals, and singing in the streets of the capital. Continue exploring the remote corners of the Faroes, meeting locals, gathering experiences, and working on your independent project, which you’ll present to the group during a final celebration.

  • Return
  • Travel Day

Fly from Tórshavn to New York via Reykjavik with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here

“My leaders were some of the most amazing people I have ever met. They were genuinely interested and engaged in getting to know us and experiencing the place around us.”

— Oliver R., Phillips Exeter Academy, Needham, MA

A Day in the Life: Torshavn

  • Due to the traveling nature of this summer program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day during our time in Torshavn.
  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel
  • Embark on a ferry ride to Mykines Island
  • Hike to the lighthouse and puffin cliffs
  • Lay out a picnic lunch with your group
  • Return by ferry to Torshavn
  • Go for a photo scavenger hunt through Torshavn
  • Spend time journaling and working on projects
  • Experience Heimablíndi, a traditional dinner in a Faroese home
  • Group meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule

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What to Expect

  • Independent Project

Pursue an independent project and explore an aspect of local culture of particular interest to you—become an expert on Faroese folklore, create a recipe book filled with local dishes, or teach your traveling companions a traditional song.

  • Physical Activity

This is a physically active travel program. Life in Iceland and the Faroe Islands is best experienced outdoors, and you will be moving about often throughout the program—there’s so much to see! You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, that you are excited about trying all activities, and that you can walk up to five miles on uneven terrain.

  • Accommodations

We stay in comfortable hostels and hotels throughout our time in the island country.

  • Meals

The group mixes picnics with dining out in Icelandic and Faroese restaurants, along with traditional in-house family-style dinners cooked by local residents.

Explore the Destination

“We accomplished so many things in the time we had, and I gained connections with people over a wonderful shared experience.”

— Mimi L., Miss Porter’s School, Rowayton, CT

Next Steps

This program is directed by Micah Sewell. If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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