A rugged paradise
The Faroe Islands offer a travel experience like no other. Situated in the middle of the ocean between the UK and Iceland, they stun visitors throughout the year. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Faroe Islands.
The largest and longest of the Faroe Islands is home to its capital Tórshavn. It has grown from a small trading port to a modern and lively city. Enjoy Faroese music and art at the Nordic House and the National Gallery. Try fresh fish and other local specialties at the many different restaurants and bars. Tórshavn is the perfect starting point to explore the Faroe Islands – descend into the tunnel to Vágar or take the ferry to the southern islands and the island of Nólsoy, which protects the capital from the harsh winds and waves of the Atlantic.
The eastern island is towered by the Faroe Island’s highest mountain, Slættaratindur. 882 metres above sea level, the peak provides a grand view over the archipelago. Beside Eysturoy’s largest town Runavík, located in the large fjord Skálafjørður, there are many small, picturesque villages which give you an impression of the rugged traditional way of Faroese life, so you can immerse yourself in it.
The six „northern Islands“ (Norðoyggjar) impress with dramatic high mountains and steep waterfalls. The scattered, tranquil small villages contrast the Faroe’s second largest town Klaksvík with its bustling fishing industry. Everything from high tech fishing vessels to small family boats carry fresh fish into the harbour. But Klaksvík is more than just fish – the town thrives with Faroese culture, music, arts and sports. From here you can visit some of the Islands’ harshest and most spectacular areas, defying the roughness of the North Atlantic.
Our favourite tours in the Faroe Islands:
Vágar and Mykines
Vágar is the entrance to the Faroe Islands due to the airport located here. Right next to the airport is the largest lake of the island, its water cascading into the ocean at Bøsdalafossur. The picturesque small village Gásadalur used to be only accessible on foot over the mountain and this old post route is still a stunning hike today. The neighbouring island Mykines is a real paradise for bird watching – thousands of puffins nest on the cliffs and dive into the ocean for fish. The tranquility of Mykines is perfect for hiking opportunities.
Sanody, SKÚVOY AND DÍMUN
Sandoy is different from the other islands as its hills are milder and greener. The islanders traditionally collect birds and eggs from the many nests of the island and you can experience rapelling down a steep mountain side yourself! Relax on the big sandy beach of Sandur, go fishing or visit the Sands art gallery with works of the best Faroe artists. A boat trip to Skúvoy or Stóra Dímun takes you back in time to the traditional life on the Faroe Islands.
Suðuroy is the southernmost island of the Faroes. While the western side with its rugged and unspoiled nature is battered by the open ocean, the East of Suðuroy is more open and friendly. The island‘s incredibly steep bird cliffs are easily accessible. Walk to Hvannhagi along a steep and narrow path through breathtaking scenery and views over the surrounding islands, or hike up on Rávuna to take in the swindling heights and deep fjords of the western edge.