Here you get proposals for helicopter flights on the Faroe Islands. You need to have FSX, Faroe Island scenery v. 5 and Acceleration pack installed, and scenery set to very dense to show all described objects.
You must have some experience in flying helicopters and make precise landings. Flying on Faroe Island and landing on the small and difficult heliports are for pilots, who can control their ship. You could practice on Vagar airport. There you have space around the airport and two heliports to refine your landings precisely. The flights will test all your skills and also show you almost all the beautiful places on the wonderful islands. When you can make all flights precisely as described, you can call yourself an experienced helicopter pilot.
Thanks to Jock Wilkinson for help with the tours.
Vagar to Trollanes
It is a day with good weather by Faroe Island conditions. Set it to scattered clouds and visibility 10NM/16 km. Board your favorite helicopter and test your skills. Take off from Vagar airport runway 31 and fly runway heading. In a few seconds Sørvåg/Sørvagur will show up. Climb in the fjord to 500 feet. In the distance you see Myggenæs/Mykines, but we don´t have time for that beautiful island now. Look out for Tindholmene/Tindholmur on your left side at the end of the fjord. Fly west of the islands, and as soon as you have passed the last island turn to 30 degrees, and you will have the small village Gåsedal/Gasadalur on your nose. Until recently you could only reach Gåsedal on foot or by helicopter, but now there is a tunnel. Turn left and follow the coast to the northside of Vagar island. Stay low, 500 feet is a good level for sightseeing. Look out for the waterfall leading to Fjallavatn. Here you will see one of the tour boats, that take tourists to discover the beautiful high coast with birdcliffs. And also some of the small fishing boats, the locals use. Gain a little height before you head for the waterfall and fly in over the lake. Follow the lake shore on your right side and make a right turn, and soon you will have a nice view of the village of Vatnsoyrar. Head back to the Atlantic ocean, and follow the coast of Vagar towards east. Drop down again to 500 feet, and soon you will enter Vestmannasund, and see more tour boats from the company in Vestmanna, that sail to the impressive birdcliffs on the northwest side of Streymoy/Strømø.
Now you must find the small village of Saksun. Look for an impressive fjord with sandbanks. Fly along the fjord, and follow the road in the valley to the village of Hvalvik. Turn left over the village and follow the coast to the north. Stay low, and soon you will see the bridge between Streymoy/Strømø and Eysturoy/Østerø and also the fish farms, witch you can find in so many places all over the islands. You will also pass the old whale station. Continue north over water at 500 feet, and at the top of Eysteroy/Østerø on your right side you will see the beautifully placed village Eidi. Fly to the Atlantic ocean, with next stop The Northpole. Don´t try to go there. You don´t have the time. Turn east at the coast, and two small rocks Risen and Kællingen will show up. The saga says they tried to pull the Faroe islands to Iceland but turned to stone, because the sun rose before they got there. Follow the coast and look out for Eidi again. A 180 degrees look back will show you the village in all its beauty.
Continue east and look out for the island Kalsoy. Between Eysturoy and Kalsoy some rich people have anchored their yacht. Wave to them as you overfly the boat, and head for the Atlantic on 20 degrees. Fly some distance to Kalsoy and then turn to 180 degrees and look out for heliport Trollanes. Land, but be careful. It is hard work for experts.
Vagar to Myggenæs - Koltur and Torshavn
The weather is OK for flying and some landing practice. Set weather to overcast, cloud base at 2000 feet, visibility 10NM/16 km. Take off from Vagar, runway13, fly runway heading and turn left to pass Vatnoyra. Continue left and head for the island of Myggenæs/Mykines on around 280 degrees. Climb to 2000 feet, but stay below clouds or you will be lost in space. You should have Tindholmene/Tindholmur on your left side, and later on Myggenæs on your right side. Prepare your approach to the heliport carefully. Head for the lighthouse, turn right just before the coast and you will have a beautiful view of the village and heliport. Land and have a cup of coffee.
When ready, take off, left turn out. Head for Tindholmene and follow the south coast of Vagar. Descend to 500 feet and look out for the waterfall at Leitisvatn used as turning-point to runway 31 on Vagar. Just after the waterfall you will see the high formation called Trælanipa. The saga says that the Vikings, who came to the Faroe Islands in the old days, took their Irish slaves who were too sick, old, or unsuitable, and threw them off the top of the cliff and into the sea.
Back again to reality. Climb to 2000 feet, and you wil have Midvåg/Midvagur and Sandavåg/Sandavagur on your left side. Now prepare a landing on Koltur. Continue on 100 degrees until you have visual contact with the heliport in the distance on your right hand, then turn right and make your approach on 200 degrees. Land. As soon as you are on the ground, you get the task of taking a very sick patient to the hospital in Torshavn. Do it your own way, but don´t waste your time. The patient needs surgery as soon as possible. A good approach could be to head for Velbastad at around 1500 feet. Continue northeast, and soon you see Torshavn. Continue east and pass the football stadium on Argir just south of Torshavn. You will then have the hospital and the heliport on your left side. Land, you don´t have time for sightseeing.
Vagar to Vestmanna - Kollefjord and Torshavn
Now its time for pure sightseeing, but don´t forget you are in a helicopter, and those birds need close attention to fly. Set weather to fair weather theme. Take off from Vagar RW 13. Turn right and head for Leitisvatn and Midvåg/Midvagur. Follow the road to Sandavåg/Sandavagur and fly in the valley. Soon you reach Vestmannasund, and Vestmanna will soon show up. Head for this beautifully situated village. You will pass the small harbour Oyrargjogv on your left side. Before the tunnel between Vagar and Streymoy/Strømø was built, you sailed from here and to Vestmanna, when you came from the airport to reach the other islands.
Head for Vestmanna and test your skills in a low circle over the village. Look for the touristbureau on the harbour at the end of the fjord, and copy the homepage-address on top of the building. It is the company, that sails with tourists to the birdcliffs. But be careful. You have high mountains on all sides. Head back for Vestmannasund and turn left over water. On your right side you will see the tunnel to Strømø. In the distance you have the two Danish air force radar domes, which now are inactive, becauce Denmark and NATO has closed down the radar.
Follow the coast of Strømø southwards and the beautiful sandbank at Leynar will show up. On your left side you will soon have the village of Kvivik. Continue to Leynar and follow the stream in the valley. To the left you have the tunnel to Vagar and on the right another small tunnel. The little lake is a beautiful fishing place for trout. Trout traps lead from the ocean to the lake. Fly along the road in the valley to Kollefjord/Kollafjørdur, the longest village in the Faroe Islands. Follow the village and turn right at the end of the fjord. Head for Nolsoy/Nolsø.
On your left side you see Strendur, and in the background Runavik and Tofte/Toftir with the international FIFA football stadium. Fly to Toftir, and if you have time try to land on the stadium close to the FIFA stadium, or just take a look and continue with the windmill park on your left side. The windmills are the only ones in the Faroe Islands.
Head for Nolsø/Nolsoy. Pass over the village and continue on the east side of the island. Here you will have beautiful birdcliffs. Those cliffs host the largest colony of storm petrels in the world. Follow the coast around the island. Now prepare your landing at Bodanæs in Torshavn. Follow a heading around 340 degrees and look out for Hoyviksholm with the lighthouse. Soon you should see Bodanæs heliport on the coast. Just before you reach Hoyviksholm turn towards the heliport and make an approach on around 270 degrees. Land, but watch out for people, cars and sheep. You have a busy road close to the heliport.
Torshavn to Klaksvik
Find your maps of the Faroe Islands. For example from wikimedia/wikipedia. Or go to kortal.fo, where you can get very detailed maps. You will need them for this flight, where you also can test your skill in helicopter flying, navigation and landing. The weather is OK, broken clouds, visibility 5 NM/8 km and cloudbase set to 2000 feet. Take off from Torshavn heliport Sjukrahused. Cross the harbour on a north-northeast course and pass Tinganæs and the old Skanse with the lighthouse. Maintain 500 feet.
A moment later you will see Bodanæs heliport and Hoyviksholm with the lighthouse. Cross the small island and turn to 15 degrees heading and fly towards Skalafjordur/Skalafjord. Fly over Toftir and make a left turn over Runavik and continue to the shipyard at Skali, still at 500 feet. At the end of the fjord you must follow the road to the left into the valley. Avoid the road up into the mountains. Next turn is a right turn along the road into Funningsfjordur/Funningsfjord. Now you must be careful and consult your map. Continue over water and locate the village of Funningur. Turn left ower the village and climb into the mountains along the road. As the road splits take the one to the right. It will take you to the very beautiful and speciel natural harbour of Gjogv.
From here you must trust yourself. You are on your own now. Find and fly over or as close as possible to the following villages, first Funningur, then Elduvik and so on with Oyndarfjord, Hellur, Fuglafjord, Kambsdalur and Leirvik. It is a navigation- challenge, because it is easy to be lost among the islands. But keep up the good work, and continue to Klaksvik, where you must land. It is a difficult heliport. There is no room for messing around. If you feel you aren´t getting it right, abort and try again, so you will not end as a note in your local newspaper.
Trollenes to Klaksvik
Now for some sightseeing. Weather is good. Clouds broken and cloudbase 2000 feet. Visibility 10NM/16 KM. Take off from Trollenes on Kallsoy. Right turn out. Fly south in Kallsoyarfjord at 500 feet.
The village of Kunoy will show up to your left and to your right Husar. Continue south between Eysturoy and Bordoy and make a right turn into Gøtuviksfjord. A beautiful panorama to Sydrugøta- and Nordragøta will open up. Fly over Nordragøta and continue north in the valley along the road. In Leirviksfjord turn to around 100 degrees and continue south of Kalsoy. Head for Haraldssund between Kunoy and Bordoy. Look out for some white oiltanks. Turn north over Haraldssund. When you reach open water you will have Videreidi on your right side. North of Videreidi you will find Cape Enniberg, the northernmost point of the Faroe Islands, located on the Island of Viðoy. At 754 m (2,450feet), it is the highest vertical cliff above sea in the world.
Take a look and continue south in Hvannasund. Pass the dam and look out for the tunnel on your right side. Turn to 215 degrees and climb like hell over the mountains. You will reach the cloudbase on top of the mountains so keep a good outlook, but you will make it, if you stay cool and don´t panic. Soon you should see Klaksvik with the heliport just in front of you.
Now you must show some helicopter-flying skill. You have to lose some height quickly. Slow down to nearly hover and descend to a suitable height before approaching the heliport. It can be done without circling, so do it. Land at first attempt first take. Or some people in Klaksvik will point a finger at you, and say you are not a pro, and definitely not a helo-pilot from Atlantic Airways..
Klaksvik - Fugloy - Klaksvik
It is a beautiful evening, perfect for flying in just a bit of darkness. Set weather to dusk, clear sky and visibility 10NM/16 km. Take off from Klaksvik in the direction of Kunoy. Turn back over the city on a southeast course out in Bordoyarvik. Continue along the coast and turn east and then north in Arnfjardarvik. At the end of the fjord you will find the most peaceful village of Arnafjordur between two tunnels. Have a good look at it, but be careful. High mountains on all sides. Fly low and slow over the village and turn out into the fjord again. Head north/northeast for Svinø/Svinoy and follow the south and east coast to the heliport. Continue north- northeast for Fuglø/Fugloy. Soon you will see the Danish warship Vædderen. Its job is to find an aircraft-carrier north of Fugloy, which has violated Faroe Islands territorial waters. Because you now are in the area the navy will ask you for help. Land on heliport Hattarvik on Fugloy to get the latest information and get a camera on board. Take off as soon as possible and find the carrier group north of Fugloy. Take pictures from different angles. Don´t be afraid. They will not fire at you. Then fly to Kirkja on Fugloy, where you must land, so your pictures can be transferred to Vædderen.
Then you are free to fly back to Klaksvik. Do it your own way.
Klaksvik to Skopun
It´s time for a relaxed sunset flight from Klaksvik to Skopun on the island of Sandoy. Set weather theme fair and time dusk. Take off from Klaksvik and fly roughly 250 degrees to find Leirvik on Esturoy. Before the tunnel was made, you sailed from here to Klaksvik. Fly over the harbour, turn to 230 degrees and you should hit Gøtugjogv. Follow the road in the valley to Skalafjordur, and continue along the east side of the fjord to the oil harbour at Runavik. Have a look and when finished turn southeast to Strendur. Next turning point is Hoyviksholm outside Torshavn. Look for the lighthouse on the little island. It will show green in your direction. Now head for the harbour at Torshavn. Keep the big red crane on your right side. Turn west over the beautiful sandy beach Sandagerd, and follow the road which runs south-west to Velbastad. Turn southeast along the coast, and soon the ferry harbour Gamlarætt will show up. The ferry is just leaving for Skopun on Sandoy. So are you. It is beginning to be a bit dark, so look out for the heliport at the village of Skopun. Here you will land.
Torshavn -Postdelivery - Skopun
Now a real dirty job, but it must be done. Post must get to those isolated islands. Weather is lousy. Set it to rain, overcast, cloudbase 1000 feet, visibility 5NM/8 km. Don´t say no. It´s your job, and it is OK weather for flying in these islands. Get the postbags loaded at Bodanes heliport in Torshavn. Take off and fly 240 degrees towards Velbastad. Stay as low as possible. From Velbastad fly 270 degrees and approach Koltur heliport. Land and calm your nerves. When ready again, take off, turn south-east and head for the east side of Hestur. Stay close to the coast, so you don´t lose orientation. From the southern part of Hestur set course towards Skopun. Fly over the village and follow the road to Sandur. Continue on 180 degrees and head for Skuvoy. The heliport will show up on your right side. Land an take another brake. Now the real hard work begin.
Take off and turn onto a heading of 160 degrees to Store Dimon. Look out for the island and keep it in sight all the time on your right side. Continue south of the island, because you must approach the heliport on a northern heading. Turn west with the island in sight, and look out for the heliport. When in sight turn north and approach. Fly low and slow and you will make it.
Now it´s time for more coffee to calm your nerves. And as always on those islands the weather suddenly clears up. Reset weather to no more rain, cloudbase 2000 feet and visibility 10 NM/16 km.
Take off and head northeast for the southern part of Sandoy. Follow the coast on the east side, and find the villages of Dalur and Husavik. From Husavik follow the coast to Skalavik, and then the road to Sandur and further on to Skopun, where you have the heliport on your nose. Land or continue to Vagar, if you prefer that.
Now sightseeing on the northern part of Suderø. Weather is good. Scattered clouds, visibility 10 NM/16 km, cloudbase 2000 feet. Take off from Frodba heliport in Tvøroyri. Right turn out. Have a look at the city. On your left side you have the ferry to Torshavn operated by Smiril Line. Turn north over the city and head for the coast, which you must follow towards Hvalba. First you will see the village of Nes and then Hvalba. Follow the coast northeast and then west to Sandvik. Fly over the area in a circle and continue along the stream on 280 degrees to the west coast. Then fly south towards Famjin. Have a look at the coast and the area around Famjin. When finished follow the road to Øravik and Tvøroyri, and do some more sightseeing in this beautiful place. Approach Frodba on 330 degrees and land.
The southern part of Suderoy/Suderø is maybe the most beautiful part of the Faroe Islands, so when you are ready to discover this little paradise, find a day with excellent weather. Clear sky and unlimited visibility is fine. You will also have some of those days on the islands. Take off from Frodba and follow the coast to Hov in low slow flight. Next turning point is Porkeri. Follow the road or the coast around Porkerines. From Porkeri continue to Vagur, and do a little sightseeing. Still low and slow. Continue over this beautifully placed village on a southwest course to the west coast of Suderoy. Follow the coast to the south. Climb to 2000 feet and have a look at Lopra on your left hand. Down again to 500 feet for Sumba and Akraberg. Fly a little distance to the coast and approach Sumba and the little harbour on an east course. Take your time. Maybe a good fottball match is taking place on the football stadium. You MUST fly to Akraberg and discover the lighthouse and other installations. Fly a little south of Suderø to the cruise ship, and then turn north to approach Akraberg. Continue north to Hamrabyrgi. A bit hard to find. Now circle and climb to 4000 feet and have a look at Lopra, Akrar and the beautiful islands in the distance. Here you have Faroe Islands in all their glory and beauty. Now to Vagur and north to Tvøroyri at 4000 feet or higher. Lose height in Trongisvågsfjørdur and land at Frodba.
Atlantic Airways timetable
You could also take up some serious work and transport people and goods between the islands as a helicopter pilot for Atlantic Airways. Try to follow the timetable in different types of weather.
Also the bad weather with very low clouds, where you must struggle to find a hole to get around the mountains. Sometimes helicopter flying on those islands is for MEN. If you get lost in low clouds use the GPS to find safe water, so you can descend to sea level and get hold of your nerves.