The Faroe Islands, a small archipelago in the North Atlantic, is a place that’s hard to describe in words. It’s a land of rugged landscapes, wild weather, and fascinating culture. And if you’re looking for a unique, off-the-beaten-path travel destination, it’s hard to beat the Faroes.
From the moment you step off the plane, you’ll know you’re in a special place. The Faroe Islands may be remote and isolated, but that’s part of the charm. The Island’s craggy cliffs and windswept moors are a reminder of the power of nature, and the people who call the Faroes home have learned to adapt and thrive in this challenging environment.
But it’s not just the natural beauty of the Faroe Islands that’s so captivating. The Islands have a rich history and culture that’s unlike anything else in the world. From the Viking settlements of old to the modern-day fishing villages, the Faroes are a place that’s steeped in tradition and folklore.
Let us not forget about the food. The Faroe Islands are famous for their seafood, and it’s not hard to see why. The waters around the islands are teeming with fish and shellfish, and the locals have perfected the art of cooking and preserving these delicacies.
But perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Faroe Islands is the people who call them home. Friendly, hospitable, and fiercely independent, the Faroese are proud and resilient people who have carved out a life in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
If you’re looking for a travel destination that’s unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced, the Faroe Islands are a must-visit. Whether you’re hiking along the rugged coastline, exploring the ancient villages, or sampling the local cuisine, you’re sure to be captivated by the beauty and uniqueness of this incredible place. So pack your bags, book your ticket, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. The Faroe Islands are waiting for you.
Faroe Islands Facts
A trip to the Faroe’s would not be complete without me telling you completely useless but ultimately very interesting facts. The Faroe Islands lie about halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the Atlantic Ocean. An archipelago of hundreds of islets and skerries, the rugged, rocky Faroes are best known for their bird cliffs and unspoiled landscape. The Faroe Islands contain more than 750 islands, islets and skerries. But it’s the 18 main islands that really define the nation. It was a group of Irish monks who were the first to inhabit the Faroe Islands in the 6th century. The Vikings later arrived in the 9th century, naming the Island ‘Føroyar,’ meaning the Island of the Sheep. The Faroe Islands became part of the Kingdom of Norway in 1035. In 1380, it became a dual Denmark-Norway kingdom. In 1814, the treaty of Kiel was signed, terminating the dual Denmark-Norway kingdom. Come 1948, the Faroe Islands were granted self-governance under the Danish Realm. If history isn’t your thing, then how about this: The population of sheep is higher than humans. Over 70,000 sheep live on the Islands, compared to around 53,000 people. The sheep were introduced to the Island in the 19th century. Don’t say this hasn’t taught you anything.
Things to do?
Sightsee the Fossá Waterfall
The Fossá waterfall is the largest in the Faroe Islands. This waterfall looks lovely when the water moves fast during the rainy season. You can view it from two points: by the roadside or the hiking trail.
Admire the Puffins
That’s right, I said. it. Admire the puffins. The Mykines island, AKA, Puffin Paradise, is worth visiting if you adore wildlife. Puffins are of course also the cutest of the seabirds. You will be subjected to as many as you want during the summer when they burrow and bask on the island. Mykines Island is located west coast of the Faroe Islands. Board a ferry from Sørvágur to get to it. Tip: take the hike to the Holmur lighthouse to get a better view of the puffins.
Hike Hike and Hike
The Faroe Islands are rich in hiking destinations and picturesque villages that are an absolute joy to hike through.
- Hvalvik to Kvivik
- Bøur – Gásadalur
- Funningur – Gjógv
Note: The hiking trails are in remote areas. But the good news is they are well-marked.
Towns to Visit When on The Faroe Islands
The Miðvágur is the largest town on the islands. It’s located south coast of Vagar Island. This area is known for whaling, and houses which were built around the middle ages. Ensure you see Kálvalíð, the oldest house in the entire Faroe Islands. It’s now a museum that showcases the rich history of the people who lived in the village.
The Trøllanes is in the northernmost village on the Faroe Islands. You will drive through four tunnels 3.5 meters deep to reach it.It’s a popular destination for food lovers, known for Garnatálg, meat prepared by kneading the fat in sheep. Interestingly, many people also tour Trøllanes to see where the James Bond crew made the captivating scenes of the No Time to Die movie.
Sakun is a well-positioned city with an eye-catching lagoon, beautiful mountains, and waterfalls. It’s on Streymoy island, 50 mins drive from Tórshavn, the capital. This spot is perfect for hiking. If you’re into it, try hiking from Saskun to Tjørnuvík. You’ll walk along an old mountain trail while enjoying some breathtaking scenes.
Best Place to Eat
Barbara Fish House
The chefs in Barbara Fish House cook some of the best fish and seafood in the Faroe Islands. The hotel also has a crazy collection of drinks, especially wine. The waiters will help you choose the perfect drink matching your order. They’re nice like that.
Note: Tourists and locals often flock to the Barbara Fish House. So make your reservations before visiting the hotel. You’ve been warned.
Travelers who enjoy devouring fermented food always stop by Ræst, an old wooden house converted into a restaurant. It’s the leading restaurant in the Faroe Islands that cooks fermented fish, soup, and meat. They test and use the ancient fermenting methods the Vikings mastered.
Best Hotels to Stay on The Faroe Islands
You deserve to stay in the best hotels when in the Faroe Islands. There are our top picks:
Hilton Garden Inn
The Hilton Garden Inn is a top-rated four-star hotel located in Torshavan. It has ample parking space making it an ideal sleeping destination for travelers with cars. The hotel has over 100 rooms with modern amenities. Whether traveling solo or with your family, you’ll find a good room.
The Hotel Føroyar is another 4-star hotel in Tórshavn. It’s some distance away from the city center. We recommend it for tourists who love sightseeing. You will enjoy a stunning view of Tórshavn, the surrounding areas, and the sea. The hotel Føroyar is reasonably priced considering it has multiple amenities like parking space, spacious rooms, wellness center, gym, spa, etc.