10 ideas to experiencing the Faroe Islands

In the middle of the North Atlantic only a day and a half by boat from Europe’s mainland, the Faroe Islands are encircled by 1,289 km of coastline. Nowhere is further than 5 km from the sea.

We warmly recommend the grandiose land and seascapes of the Faroe Islands. The archipelago is known for its mild winters and cool summers, but regardless of the season, you will be immersed in spectacular panoramas as soon as you sail into its fjords.

Nature is of unfathomable significance here, and its influence on local culture can hardly be overestimated. The natural surroundings are firmly embedded in the inhabitants’ character and way of thinking.

The population of almost 52,000 is spread across the 17 inhabited islands, which are interlinked by a superb network of roads, tunnels and ferries.

The Faroese are a warm, generous, friendly and hospitable people. They are familyoriented, down-to-earth and have great respect for tradition. A salient characteristic of the Faroese is how open they are to tourists. The Faroese are proud of their country and culture and they are eager to show visitors the finest the Faroe Islands have to offer.

Tórshavn

With only around 20,000 inhabitants, Tórshavn is not just one of the world’s smallest capitals, but also one of the most charming ones with an exciting mix of old and new. Explore the city on foot and see old protected buildings side-by-side with modern architectural design. We especially recommend a stroll around the little Tinganes promontory, which is the seat of government, and to the adjacent traditional neighbourhood Reyn with its quaint idyll. The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands as well as the Nordic House also merit a visit. In addition, the Faroe Islands offer exciting shopping opportunities. Local design wares can be found for example at Østrøm and Guðrun & Guðrun. You can also savour Nordic cuisine at several of the little capital’s exciting and enticing restaurants.

Tip: Look out for Summartónar, Faroe Islands Festival of Classical and Contemporary Music. The festival arranges a wealth of concerts around the country and several are free!


Tórshavn

Nólsoy

Nólsoy is the island for anyone who wants to experience both nature and village charm at once. It offers scenic nature walks, for example along the old cairn path across the mountain Eggjarklettur out to the lighthouse on Borðan. The walk takes around four hours. There are several cafés in Nólsoy’s only village, which carries the same name as the island. Live music is regularly on the programme. Please visit excursions.fo for a guided trip to Nólsoy.


Nólsoy

Kirkjubøur

The historic village Kirkjubøur is a 10-minute drive from Tórshavn. Kirkjubøur was the bishop’s seat
and thus the spiritual and cultural hub of the Faroe Islands. St. Olav’s Church (11th century), Magnus
Cathedral (12th century) and the Kirkjubøargarður farm, which is now home to the 17th generation of the Patursson family, are all monuments that bear witness to a long history. Why not take a gentle hike from Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur along the old path? The trip is 7-km-long and relatively easy. The views are superb.


Kirkjubøur

Vestmanna Seacliffs

The Vestmanna Cliffs and Sea Stacks are one of the major tourist attractions in the Faroe Islands. We recommend a boat trip to the Vestmanna Seacliffs where you get the chance to come up close to bird life, majestic grottos and imposing cliffs. Book your boat trip on excursions.fo.


Vestmanna Seacliffs

Saksun & Tjørnuvík

Picturesque Saksun is a popular excursion in northwestern Streymoy. At low tide you can walk the 3 km to the Atlantic shore. The old farm Dúvugarðar dates from the 17th century and is open during the summer as a museum and café. A little further north in Streymoyyou will find Tjørnuvík overlooking the bay with its vistas of the famous sea stacks The Giant and The Hag.

We recommend a photo stop on the way to or from Tjørnuvík at the stunning waterfall Fossá.


Saksun & Tjørnuvík

Gjógv

Charming Gjógv is on the north coast of Eysturoy. The village is known for its natural harbour in a
ravine formed by the sea. It was the village’s main artery until the road came in 1960. Gjógv is a Faroese word for ravine. The old shop from 1883 serves as both a shop and café in summer. In addition, the Guesthouse Gjáargarður has a restaurant. There are excellent hiking opportunities in the area. Near Gjógv you will find the tallest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Slættaratindur. Hike up the 880-m-tall mountain, put up your feet and enjoy the magnificent panorama.


Gjógv

Mykines

Mykines is the westernmost island in the archipelgo. The walk from the village Mykines out to the islet with the lighthouse is a breathtaking experience. Enjoy the grandiose ocean views to the west and the island scenery to the east as you walk across the island. This place is known as ‘bird paradise’ describing its rich, bustling bird life, including hundreds of cute puffins, which build their burrows here in summer. In order to book your ferry place and/or pay for access to walk through the
puffin colony out to Mykineshólmur visit mykines.fo. Please note that this excursion is weather dependent.


Mykines

Trælanípan & Gásadalur

Trælanípa is among the most photographed locations in the Faroe Islands. From the edge of this premonitory you will stare down a 142 m vertical drop into the sea, and at the same time you see lake Sørvágsvatn, the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. From this vantage point you can also marvel at the southern tip of Streymoy as well as Hestur, Koltur, Sandoy, Skúvoy and Suðuroy. To the other side you can take in the bird cliffs Sørvágsbjørg, Mykines and Mykineshólmur.

We recommend a guided hike to Trælanípan, which you can book on excursions.fo.

In the village Gásadalur you will find the most famous waterfall in the Faroe Islands, Múlafossur, which tumbles straight into the Atlantic Ocean. Among the characteristic grass-thatched houses lies
Gásadalsgarður, now a guesthouse with a café. Here you can take in the village idyll and savour homemade Faroese specialities.


Trælanípan & Gásadalur

Klaksvík

Klaksvík is the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. It is nestled in a northfacing bay, which makes a superb harbour. The city is guarded by towering mountains, including Klakkur, which the town is named after.

We recommend a hike (1,5 h) to Klakkur. In fair weather you will have magnificent views. Klaksvík also offers culture, shopping in lovely little boutiques, as well as charming cafés.


Klaksvík

Sandur

Sandur, which is one of the oldest settlements in the Faroe Islands, is the main village on Sandoy. It is known for its sprawling beach and dunes, as well as the beautiful bay Søltuvík on Sandoy’s western shore. In addition, Sandur has two museums and a cosy café. There are regular ferry crossings from Gamlarætt on Streymoy over to Skopun. Visit the Tourist Information by the ferry berth in Skopun for more tips on places to visit in Sandoy.


Sandur

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