Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands and its largest community. With its restaurants, shops, pubs, and facilities, it makes for a good home base for touring or hiking. Tórshavn is the hub for the national bus service. It is also the arrival point for the Smyril-Line international ferry from Iceland and Denmark.
For more information, take a look at my Tórshavn page.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
The Nordic House
This is the main place on the Faroe Islands for all national events, art exhibitions and concerts aswell as a cinema.
It was funded buy all nations in the Nordic regions and as a result there is something in the building from each country, such as Finish chairs, Norwegian stones and Icelandic roof.
The main reason to come here is just to look at the architecture. It is a lovely building that was built back in the 1980's, but looks so modern.
It is free to get in and it really is worth a vist, but is ut of town a bit, but if you have your own transport it is easy enough to get to. Its worth going just for nice coffee and a read of all the newspapers in all teh Nordic languages.
They have many art exhibitions on thoughout the year also.
Vestmanna Bird Cliffs
This is a must for anyone regardless of the time of year that you go. You will not see birds all year round but the trip and the cliffs and grottos you will see are worth it themselves. The boat trip last around 2 hours and has english commentary, although I think they places speak for themselves.
The day we went it was too rough to go on the main tour so we went south around the headland and we saw just as much if not more if we had done the original tour.Related to:
This place is not very well sign posted (as are most things), but is very much worth a visit. It is a bargin at only 30kr and is worth every penny. It is just so fasinating to see that such a small nation has so many exciting artifacts.
When we were there they had an exhibition that was displaying all the artifacts that the Danish took away but are slowing giving back to the Faroes people.
The is also a stuffed sheep that is the last of a breed of sheep that once lived on the islands, but were killed off in favour of more hardy species.
Your ticket also includes enterance to the outdoor museum (alhtough I cannot comment on this as we did not have time to see this.)
Magnus Cathedral, Kirkjubøur
Although there is not much to see here it is worth seeing. When we went it was in the process of being restored so it was all covered up. However because this place plays such an important part of Faroes history it is worth going to see. Even if you combine it with a trip to Sandoy, as it is just around the corner form the harbour where the boats leave for Sandoy.
It is the largest and beautiful medieval building in the Faroe Islands. It was never finished, so has never had a route
However as the Faroes tourist industry is not great there is very little information about the site when you get there, but if you go to the city muesum you will see all the artifacts that have been recovered from this site.Related to:
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Go and see Gjógv
This has to be one of the prettiest villages I have ever seen. It is the most nothern village on the island of Eysturoy.
It is so colourful and calming. There are many walks that you can start from around here or just wonder around the village itself. There is a lovely tea shop if you need refreshments, along with a guest house. Although as it is so far north and fairly out of the way I would not make this your base to explore the Faroe Islands. However it does make a good base if you plan to hike up the higest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Staeltratindur. I have not done this hike but I believe ti to be not too difficult.Related to:
Visit Eiði to see Risin and Kellingin
This whole area is lovely for a walk down by the cost and it has the added benefit that you can see the two stacks Risin and Kellingin.
Legend has it that they are the remains of some giants that came across from Iceland. See link for more information.
This is really only good on a clear day as they are quite far around the headland and if it is fogy I imagine you will see nothing.
There are also lots of sea bird that can be found around here.
Day trip to Mykines
This would be a must for most people. It is once of the cheeper things to do in the Faroe Islands, in that you are really only paying for a boat trip and someone ot show you the way (so not really a guide as such).
You leave from the Island of Vágar and boat trip to Mykines is about an hour and when we went it was very bumpy so not good for people who get sick, but most things on the Faroe islands involve a boat!
Once on the Island you will go up into the village and visit the only café/gift shop/toilet. They do amazing ice creams and things are not too badly priced.
The tour will then take you up the hill to the left of the village (if coming up from the harbour) and over this on down the otherside to a bridge which is named bridge over the Atlantic, to the smaller island of Mykineshólmur. This is where you will see some of the most beautiful views back to the other islands, but out to sea and many puffin holes (if you go at the right tim eof the year you will see the puffins).
You can hike all the way to the end of the island where the lighthouse is. If you walk out along the lower left handside to the lighthouse nad come back on the high ridge, it makes for a very nice days hike.
This is the driest of all the islnds in the Faroe Islands, and has some of the best weather so it is great all year round. We went in August, so there were no puffins but we still really enjoyed it.
Its not too hard going but you will need to be healthy to complete but not athletic.Related to:
Various tours around the Faroe Islands with TORA
This tour company is one of the best we found while in the Faroe Islands. It appears to be run by one man, Mr Samal Blahamar, who will take you around and depending on the number of people on the tour he will taylor it to suit you. He speaks Fareoes, English, and Danish along with a little German, so you will be fine as long as you can speak one of those languages.
We did a tour to Sandoy and around Tórshavn, and both were excellent. Really informative and not rushed (but this might be due to there being just 3 of us on it, as we went in low season). On the day trip to Sandoy lunch was provided and was plenty to fill us up and last the day.
We were picked up at the main bus station as we were staying out of Tórshavn but he picks up from all main hotels in the town.
This compnay also do tours through Green Gate, but they are the same tours, but slightly more expensive as they have a commission on top, so if you can book directly with Tora, this benefits all the right people. This also helps the owner, Mr Samal Blahamar, out.
We found this company and the tours really useful espicially on Sunday when most things shut due to the country being very reglious, but this company run tours on Sunday.
I cannot recomend this company enough. The only thing that might put you off is the international bank transfer he asks for in payment. We did not do this but asked to give him cash on the day, which he was happy about.Related to:
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On our hike from Boer to Sorvagur we were able to do some nice birdwatching and enjoy flora and fauna altogether.
Sorvagur is a little town with a church, a nice harbor and a soccer field of course! It was very enjoyable walking through the town, although we seemed to be the only people there (except of a few children on the soccer field!)Related to:
Torshavn: the harbour
Torshavn harbour will most likely be the first sight of most tourists getting to the Faroe Islands.
It is a small harbour, idyllic with lots of boats and a wonderful view of the old city center.
For a view of the harber, have a look at the webcamRelated to:
Saksun is in the north of Streymoy island. It is a beautiful village in a very remote bay. It used to have a natural harbor, but now it is a laguna full of sand, so that we had to wait for high tide to even be able to reach it with our small zodiac boats. From there it was a wonderful hike up to Saksun.
The coastline in this area is fantastic: there are grottos all around, which are lots of fun to visit....Related to:
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- Sailing and Boating
Discover free Faroese Music in a uniqe shop
On the pedestrian street in Torshavn there is a very charming little music shop with live music on a daily basis during summer. And it is FREE. All the musicians are local and fortunately faroese music has a high international standards. The faroese music really grew on us in the shop.
The people in the shop are really friendly and the coffee is also for free :)
We learned that this is the only music shop dedicated to faroese music in the world.
It is worth a visit :)
This is an almost unbelievably scenic village. The word Gjogv in Færoese means 'cleft' and it's a great cleft that symbolises the village. This is where boats go and return - from trips to the stacks and from fishing.
There is a hostel and a cafe - with wonderful waffles.
The road to the village is a delight in itself, whether from Eiði or from the bridge over the Atlantic.Related to:
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Risin and Kellingin
These sea stacks off the north-west tip of Eysturoy provide spectacular views, both from north-east Steymoy and from the mountain road between Eiði and Gjogv. At the latter there is a FREE telescope giving a superlative view. I am sure you will have guessed that they were once a witch and a giant. They were sent by the Giants of Iceland to bring back the Færoes. Fortunately they made a pig's ear of the job - managing to split one mountain but not getting the islands one centimetre nearer to Iceland.
Then, carelessly, they were caught by the Dawn - and hence were changed into stacks.Related to:
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