About 60 million years ago, extensive volcanic eruptions formed 18 rocky islands in the North Atlantic Ocean between Scotland and Iceland. Since most of the islands are covered with mountains, grassy hills, and cliffs. Moreover, hiking has long been the only way to get around. The Faroes were also once divided between Norway and Denmark, but at the beginning of the 19th century, they were completely taken over by the Danes.
Why Faroe Islands?
The Faroe Islands are still a less tourist destination than Iceland itself. This is due primarily to a rather short season and a small number of regular flights. The Faroe Islands are not about a comfortable stay and five-star hotels, this is a place where you can truly feel the unity with untouched wildlife. Cliffs, breathtaking mountains sloping over the ocean, fjords, and picturesque grass-roofed villages make up the spectacular landscape of the distant Faroe Islands.
How to get there and where to live?
The easiest way to get to the Faroe Islands from Europe is to fly to Copenhagen. Then there are two options: SAS (tickets from 148 euro round-trip) or Atlantic Airways (from 400 euro round-trip). Keep in mind that the demand for the destination is high and flights can be overcrowded, especially during the season. An acceptable option for accommodation in the Faroe Islands is small guesthouses and apartments and rooms rented through Airbnb or Booking. The most popular among the hotels is Føroyar. The hotel was designed by the famous Danish architecture firm Friis & Moltke. It is located a couple of kilometers from the capital of the Faroe Islands. All rooms offer beautiful views of the Nolsøy and Torshavn fjords.
Faroe Islands: Capital
You should start exploring the islands from the capital – the city of Tórshavn, located on the island of Streymoy. In the center of the city, you can see two notable monuments of medieval architecture at once. This is the Munkastovan monastery and the royal warehouse of Leigubyun. The buildings are dated to the 15th century, they miraculously survived during the strongest fire in 1693. The tiny Tinganes peninsula, where Løgtingið – Parliament of the Faroe Islands is located. What is more, the old part of the Rhine city with narrow streets and wooden houses.
If you want to have a snack in some cozy place, then go to the Barbara fish restaurant (2 Gongin, Tórshavn 100). This is a place stylized as a traditional Faroese house. The food here is fresh, as it is made from fish caught on the same day. It is located in the historic part of Torshavn and a chain of five restaurants and bars located close to each other.
You can try local beer at Essabarr (7 Áarvegur, Tórshavn 100), and Danish craft beer at Mikkeller Tórshavn (2 Gongin, Tórshavn 100). A good restaurant in the capital is the Steikin buffet restaurant (11 Tórsgøta Tórshavn 100). Here you can order brisket, ribeye, fried chicken, and much more at a reasonable price.
Faroe Islands: The highest mountain
A separate day should be allocated for the conquest of the highest mountain of the Faroes – Slættaratindur. The height reaches 880 m above sea level. Climbing the mountain takes an average of 1,5-2 hours, but it all depends on your physical capabilities. A stunning 360-degree view opens up from the top, the wind is stronger there.
The Faroe Islands are hardly a spontaneous travel destination, so the sooner you start planning your trip, the better.
There is not much to do on the Faroes without a car. Public transport is poorly developed. For this case, there are several car rental desks at the airport, but it is better to take care of this in advance.
From a geographical point of view, it doesn’t matter where you live in the Faroes. Since you will have to drive a car everywhere, and there is no point in getting attached to a certain city.
On the Faroe Islands, you will definitely need waterproof boots and a jacket with a hood, gloves, a warm sweater. Even if you go in the summer. The weather on the islands can change every 15 minutes. So it is worth dressing in layers to be able to undress or warm-up as needed. An umbrella or raincoat is an essential item.
From July 28-29 comes the annual holiday of St. Olaf, which attracts Faroese from all over the world. If you want to see it, then buying tickets and looking for accommodation costs at least a year.
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