Travel Guide: Faroe Islands
Welcome to the Faroe Islands, a place of awe-inspiring landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality. Nestled in the North Atlantic Ocean, this archipelago offers a truly unique travel experience. Join us as we explore the highlights, unexpected surprises, and local traditions that make the Faroe Islands an unforgettable destination.
The Different Islands
Streymoy: 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.
Eysturoy: 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.
Norðoyggjar: 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.
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, Skuvoy and Dimun: 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: This island 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.
Tailor Made Faroe Islands Tours
In addition to the pre-designed tours we offer, we also provide tailor-made tours to meet the unique interests and preferences of our clients. Whether you are interested in exploring a particular region or looking for a specific type of activity, our team can work with you to create a personalized itinerary that suits your needs. To book a tailor-made tour to the Faroe Islands, please contact us at email@example.com for individual bookings or firstname.lastname@example.org for group bookings.
Selina’s Travel Story
Join us as we follow Selina’s footsteps, immersing ourselves in the untamed beauty and rich cultural tapestry of this remarkable archipelago.
Day 1: Unveiling the Whaling History and Slave Cliff Hike
Selina’s adventure began in Bøur, a quaint village on the island of Vagar. Guided by locals, she delved into the village’s whaling history, gaining insights into the islanders’ way of life. Trying a traditional lunch of whale and dried sheep, Selina embraced the island’s culinary traditions. The day reached its pinnacle as she embarked on a 6-kilometer hike up Slave Cliff (Trælanipan). Standing on the edge, she marvelled at the awe-inspiring views, while reflecting on the haunting history of the Vikings who once pushed people from this very precipice.
Day 2: Remote Skuvoy and the Wings of Puffins
The next day of her trip lead her to the remote island of Skuvoy. With its small population of 60 inhabitants, this untouched paradise welcomed her with open arms. In the company of locals Thomas and Elisabeth, she indulged in heartfelt conversations and was captivated by their hospitality. Venturing on a hike to the bird cliffs, Selina witnessed the majestic flight of puffins, their vibrant wings contrasting against the expansive ocean. Although she missed the chance to see them up close, she’ll always remember it.
Day 3: A Journey Through Time in Kirkjubøur
On this day, Selina embarked on a hike from Torshavn, traversing the scenic landscapes towards the village of Kirkjubøur. Joined by a knowledgeable local guide named Jagvan, she explored the historic church and cathedral, gaining insights into the island’s Viking heritage. The visit to the local farm, which has been run by the same family for 17 generations, unveiled fascinating stories that transported Selina to a bygone era. Lunch at the OY brewery, known for its Faroese beer and delectable fare, was a perfect culmination to this enriching day.
Day 4: Embracing Faroese Traditions and the Chain Dance
Selina’s journey took an interactive turn as she participated in the Faroese chain dance, a unique tradition reserved only for this enchanting destination. Amidst a dinner and party, Guide Jagvan joined her table, teaching her the steps of this captivating dance. With two steps to the left and one to the right, the chain dance weaves stories and history, connecting people in a spirited celebration. This is truly a testament to the island’s cultural heritage and the unity it fosters among its people.
Day 5: Cycling Torshavn and Unraveling Faroese History
Selina’s exploration continued as she cycled through the picturesque streets of Torshavn, the capital city. A stop at the national museum offered a glimpse into Faroese history, showcasing their unique way of life in contrast to the rest of Europe. The museum illuminated the island’s traditions, revealing a society that proudly balances tradition with the demands of modernity. Selina was fascinated by the islanders’ resilience and their commitment to preserving their distinct identity.