Half way between Scotland and Iceland, the far flung Faroe Island, are strewn like green pebbles in a deep blue ocean. Administered by Denmark these Viking settled isles have a high degree of autonomy. Traditions hold strong here, yet the modern life is fully embraced, with a lively music scene which belies its location and small population. The islanders are proud but open and friendly.
The archipelago consists of 18 windswept and treeless islands, of which Streymoy is the biggest and holds the capital Tórshavn. Green sheep shorn pastures and dramatic cliffs, moors and craggy mountains, are punctuated by colourful houses and wooden churches with grass roofs. Above all the Faroe are a bird-lovers dream. But don’t come here if you are looking for predictable weather and a sun filled holiday.
Take out your binoculars and tele-lens and head out to the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs, hike from one village to the next, walk around Tinganes the historical core of Tórshavn, visit ancient Kirkjubøur, take a boat tour around the isles, and delve into the local nightlife.
So come visit the Faroe, they are not as isolated and far as you would think!
Highlights from Faroe Islands
- Start your tour in Tórshavn, visiting the old Tinganes neighbourhood, the museum, galleries and enjoying some Faroe fare in one of its many restaurants. Don’t forget to take in the nightlife with its live music!
- Take a boat tour to the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs
- Hike or take a bus to Kirkjubøur with its wooden houses with grass topped roofs
- Get on the ferry to Nólsoy Island
- Trek to Mullafosur Waterfall
- Get a bus to Kalsoy Island and walk along the majestic cliffs
- Go on a fishing trip with the locals
- Clamber up Slættaratindur the Faroe’s highest mountain
- Cycle or hike around Sandoy
- Visit Skúvoy Island an important bird nesting ground
Hints and Tips for Faroe Islands
- There are regular flights from various European cities to the Faroe Islands.
- A lot of the islands are connected by roads and tunnels, and there is an extensive bus network.
- Dress well, you are in the middle of the northern Atlantic, it can get cold, wet and very windy!
- There are some very good restaurants on the islands, and try the local beer as well.