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Why the Faroe Islands?

According to National Geographic the Faroe Islands are the world's most attractive archipelago. Their name literary means ‚ÄěSheep islands‚Äú. There are more sheeps than people and nature is pristine.

The Faroe islands are located in the North Atlantic on the half way between Norway and Iceland. You can get there from Kobenhavn (Denmark) by a plane or by a ferry. On a ferry you can travel even with you car.

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What to see ‚Äď famous places

S√łrv√°gsvatn (Leitisvatn) lake on the edge of Traelan√≠pa cliff:

S√łrv√°gsvatn lake is placed on the edge of Traelan√≠pa cliff. Incredible view. Small waterfall from S√łrv√°gsvatn lake into the ocean S√łrv√°gsvatn lake is placed on the edge of Traelan√≠pa cliff. Incredible view. Another cliffs near S√łrv√°gsvatn lake

G√°sadalur village with Mullafossur waterfall:

Road to G√°sadalur village M√ļlafossur waterfall at G√°sadalur - one of the most famous place on the Faroe Islands You can walk down the cliff to be little closer to the waterfall G√°sadalur is on the right. In the front is Drangarnir rock.

Mykines island with the lighthouse and Papuchalks:

Landing on Mykines island Lighthouse at the very end of Mykines island Colonies of Puffins nesting on Mykines island The village of Mykines has only 10 permanent residents. It is the westernmost place of the Faroe Islands, such an end of the world Sailing back from Mykines around Drangarnir rock

Kalsoy island with the Kallur lighthouse and a cliff scenery:

Kalsoy island with the Kallur lighthouse. The new James Bond was filmed also here View of Kalsoy from Klakkur peak. Klaksvík - ferry to Kalsoy island is sailing out from here Snapshot from the new James Bond trailer. Kalsoy island with made-up harbour.

Map of the Faroe Islands

There are many other places on Faroe Islands which are definitely worth seeing. See the map:

Faroe islands - map with top places

Traveling around Faroe Islands

The main islands and towns (T√≥rshavn, Klaksv√≠k, Vestmanna and V√°gar airport) are connected by submarine tunnels, so the most of places can be reached via road. Mykines, Kalsoy and other islands (Su√įuroy, Nolsoy) can be accessed by a ferry.

The Faroe Islands are quite small, from V√°gar airport in the southwest you can reach Vi√įarei√įi in the northeast in an hour and half and you will drive across all the islands connected by road.

scenic road under the highest mountain Slaettaratindur

There are regular bus lines in the Faroe Islands, which connect towns. Of course it is better to rent a car, you will see more places in less time, but the rental prices are quite expensive. There is also the possibility to arrive with your car by a ferry (Smyril Line) from Denmark.

Helicopter is cheaper than taxi!

Another experience in the Faroe Islands can be a helicopter flight, which is cheaper there than taxi! This is due to the transport accessibility of remote islands, flights are subsidized by the government. But even tourists have the opportunity to fly by. If you are interested, you can book a fligt at Transatlantic Airways. But make it as soon as possible, flights gets outsold very quickly.

landing with helicopter on Mykines islans

James Bond on Kalsoy

There are breathtaking sceneries on Kalsoy island, so no wonder that filming of the new James bond (No time to die) took also place on Kalsoy. Due to Coronavirus, film premiere was postponed on 12th of November. Unfortunately, one can expect a huge increase in interest in Kalsoy and the Faroe Islands in general. These little islands can get easily crowded by tourists.

Kvivik sphere houses

Where to stay

If you are planning only few days visit, the best place to stay is somewhere near the V√°gar airport ‚Äď in townlet S√łrv√°gur or Sandav√°gur. You will be near to G√°sadalur, S√łrv√°gsvatn and Mykines.

If you have more time, you can book next accomodation in Klaksvík, which is good point to discover north part of islands. Places like Kalsoy, Gjogv and Saksun. Interesting place for stay is also Vestmanna, which is in the middle of islands and there are famous bird cliffs. The capital town Torshavn is a little bit far from main natural attractions.

Camping is allowed only in camp sites, and it isn't even permitted to spend nights in camping cars along roads.

Useful travel information

  • The Faroese currency is the¬†Faroese kr√≥na, but you won't probably need it. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, even at Mykines island.
  • Book an accommodation or a car as soon as you can. You can get a better offer and price. Ferry to Mikynes has limited capacity.
  • You can bring a drone to the Faroe Islands and fly it there, but you need to follow rules.
Traelanipa cliff
  • To travel most of the islands, you need at least one week. But it is definitely better to have a few more spare days, because it will probably rain.
  • Due to Coronavirus there are limitations when you travel to the Faroe Islands in 2020.

Weather & climate

If you like warm weather the Faroe Islands are not for you. Temperature is pretty stabil from 4¬įC in winter to 10 ¬įC in summer. Due to wind, weather is changing pretty fast. On one side of mountain is sunny weather and when you drive through a tunnel, there are clouds and rain. It is not unusual, that clouds are so low that they touch the sea level.

Food & cuisine

Traditional Faroese cuisine is strongly influenced by harsh climate, it involves mainly lamb and fish meat. Some traditional faroes meals: Puffins stuffed with cake and served with potatoes, raw mutton that has been dried over a year, dried fish, whale meat and blubber.

But these meals are hard to find in menu of faroes restaurants, they usually offer a world cuisine. Even at petrol stations food has very high standard of quality - delicious meat is even in sausages.

Grindadr√°p tradition

As other nations hunt deer in the woods, Faroe Islanders hunt Pilot whales - it is a 1,000-Year tradition. It is important to say that Pilot whales don't suffer (death happens very quickly), hunt is non-commercial and it does not endanger the Pilot whales population.