An absolute gem for cyclists and non-cyclists alike
I visited in September 2019, for a two-hour guided tour of Tórshavn and the surrounding area. Having emailed the previous day and received a prompt response, I was greeted by Bartal and Berit (the married couple who run the company), both of whom spoke excellent English and accompanied me on the tour. The route itself was very well-chosen, taking in some stunning views over the city that would have taken at least five hours to reach on foot, and provided just the right amount of challenge for me as a keen-but-casual cyclist. While we generally took the slightly more challenging paths, Bartal mentioned that the route was somewhat flexible, and that he had prepared less challenging routes for more novice riders. The bikes themselves were high-quality, clean, and well-maintained: clearly Bartal, having imported them himself for the business, was keen to make my experience as good as possible. Throughout the tour, Bartal and Berit offered some fascinating insights into both the specifics of cycling in the Faroes and the history and culture of the islands themselves; looking out over Tórshavn was, it turned out, the perfect point at which to learn more about this fascinating corner of the world. It would probably have been very easy for a company such as this to have provided a bare-bones service, with a couple of beaten-up bikes that have been kicking around for years, a worn-out old map, and a vague instruction to go 'somewhere out of the city'. Clearly, though, Bartal and Berit hold themselves to much higher standards than that: I genuinely can't recommend rentabike.fo highly enough, and would encourage anyone visiting -- especially keen cyclists -- to support this local business, and to get to know some of the friendliest locals I was able to meet during my time in the Faroes.