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Discover dramatic landscapes, charming villages, and unique culture. Hike, bike, or kayak amidst breathtaking scenery. Experience the Faroe Islands' magic.

About Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands offer an unforgettable travel experience for visitors who travel to this remote destination in the North Atlantic, between Iceland and Norway.

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Where Are The Faroe Islands

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Although the Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark they are not in the European Union.

Faroe Islands Overview

Irish hermits from Scotland hid themselves here until the islands were found by marauding Vikings in the 9th century.

The Faroes then became a communication link between Scandinavia and the Viking colonies in Iceland, Greenland and, for a while, in North America.

Economy

The economy of the Faroe Islands is largely based on fishing and aquaculture, and the islands are known for their high-quality seafood products.

Tourism is also an important industry, with visitors coming to explore the islands' natural beauty and unique culture.

Language and Culture

Faroese is the official language of the islands, and the islands have a distinct culture that is influenced by both their Norse heritage and their modern Scandinavian identity.

Traditional Faroese music and dance are an important part of the islands' cultural heritage.

Landscape and Wildlife

The Faroe Islands are mainly treeless, have deeply indented coastlines and a number of fjords.

With a population of around 52,000 people, the Faroe Islands are known for their stunning natural beauty, including rugged landscapes, dramatic cliffs, picturesque villages, and abundant wildlife.

The islands are home to a variety of bird species, including puffins, as well as marine mammals such as whales and seals.

Faroe Islands Tourism

The Faroe Islands are a unique and beautiful destination for travellers looking to explore a remote and unspoiled corner of the world.

The eighteen rocky islands that make up the Faroe Islands lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, some 602 km west of Norway and 310 km north-west of Scotland - halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland.

Bird Watching

With a wide variety of seabirds visiting the North Atlantic shores, the Faroe Islands is a great destination for bird watching.

You can take a bird watching tour to see puffins, gannets, and other species up close.

Folk Festivals

If you're interested in experiencing Faroese culture, you can attend one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year, such as the Ólavsøka festival in July or the Faroe Islands Folk Festival in August.

Hiking

One of the best ways to explore the Faroe Islands is by hiking, as there are plenty of trails that take you through stunning scenery.

Some popular hiking trails in the Faroe Islands include the hike to the highest peak in the Faroe Islands, Slættaratindur, and the hike to the picturesque village of Gásadalur.

A few hiking routes in the Faroe Islands have implemented restrictions regarding access to the area and now require payment for walking in that location.

The conditions for each location varies, so please read carefully about each location and take action accordingly.

The Islands

The most important of the islands are Streymoy, Eysturoy, Vagar, Suouroy, Sandoy, and Borooy.

No matter which of the eighteen islands you choose to visit, there is always a remarkable sight to behold.

Even the islands' only jail, located in Mjørkadalur (Fog Valley), looks down the length of a fjord.

Torshavn

The capital of the Faroe Islands is on the south-eastern coast of Streymoy Island.

Map of Torshavn

Map of Torshavn

Being ice-free, Torshavn makes a perfect principal harbour.

The inhabitants of the Faroe Islands are of Scandinavian descent and still speak a moderated form of the old Norse called Faeroese.

Hotle Hafnia, Torshavn

Hotle Hafnia, Torshavn

Hotel Hafnia: 4-10 Aarvegur, Torshavn.

If you want first class accommodation in a central location during your stay in Torshavn, a good choice is this comfortable, family-run hotel situated in the heart of the world’s smallest capital, within walking distance of the harbour and the historical part of town.

Well-known for its international cuisine and Faroese specialities, the Hotel Hafnia restaurant is located on the first floor; overlooking the main street.

Getting to the Faroe Islands

Atlantic Airways, the Faroe Islands national carrier, provides international and domestic flights.

Stamp Collecting

Not many people get a postcard from the Faroe Islands, thus the Faroe stamps are of interest to collectors world-wide.

Faroe Maps and Travel Guides

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The weather in The Faroes is very unpredictable, although the windswept islands do benefit from the warm currents of the Gulf Stream.

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